Limestone Hill Trail

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Limestone Hill Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Imperial, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
305 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Before Limestone Hill Trail splits off to the right from Spring Branch Trail, you will notice the Bollefer Springhouse on the left. Use caution when crossing Seckman Road; vehicles are often fast and frequent. Limestone Hill Trail is a steep and rugged hike with challenging slopes and rough terrain leading you along the base of a limestone bluff, up a hill through an oak hickory and cedar forest and across the hilltop with scenic views of Seckman Valley. There are several benches and overlooks along the trail. You will notice a variety of trees such as honey locust, sugar maple, dogwood, white oak, hackberry and cedars. Among the deep ravines and rough, protruding boulders, wildflowers such as columbine and wild hydrangea can be found growing in the midst of the woody vines and trumpet creepers. Small yellow and red funnel-shaped mushrooms may also be spotted poking through the dark green mosses on the limestone boulders.

hiking
27 days ago

Hiked with my dog over the weekend. It’s a very pretty trail with wild flowers and limestone outcroppings. There were a lot of people there this weekend; all very friendly. You’ll get a work out on the way up. Make sure you wear suitable shoes as there is quite a bit of loose rock. I would definitely recommend it.

walking
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails for training hills and terrain that is within a short drive from my home.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun and challenging hike with a dachshund. Probably better saved for when I have a walking partner. I definitely felt like I'd got some exercise. During the week day it felt a little remote for a woman alone.

trail running
4 months ago

Good variety of terrain and hills I use often for trail race training.

hiking
4 months ago

gorgeous trail but right next to a road and houses so you don’t feel completely immersed in the woods. lots of traffic inc dogs on leashes. great non paved trail, good amount of elevation breeze and sunlight. would def come back!

walking
5 months ago

The lower elevation runs almost parallel with the road and is consumed by bush honeysuckle. Once the trail goes uphill, the invasive species decline substantially and the noise from the roads disappears. This is my favorite section of the trail. Beautiful rolling hills with plenty of gorgeous plants. Saw some beautiful moss covered rocks with a lot of Columbine peaking through the moss. This will be a gorgeous sight in early springtime.

hiking
6 months ago

The Limestone Hill Trail in Mastadon State Park is a nice, short outing of some rigor close to St. Louis County and Jefferson County residents. The scenery is ordinary. The dirt, root, limestone trail is easier on the feet than the granite mountains to the south. Please note, the park is closed during holidays, but you can park in nearby subdivisions.

hiking
8 months ago

Fun and love the cliffs

10 months ago

Perfect length and difficulty for my three boys and dog. Plus, they loved the limestone rock formations, birds, and other creatures they spotted along the trail. Can't wait to hike this one again in the Fall!

11 months ago

Not much to see, but a great workout!

hiking
11 months ago

Don't let this trail fool ya. Great workout. Can't wait to do it again.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nice hike through the woods. A couple miles with some elevation change to keep it interesting. So many butterflies today. Part of the hike has the limestone Bluffs right next to the trail, unfortunately, the highway is also right next to the trail so the traffic noise detracts from the wilderness experience.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Gorgeous cliffs

hiking
Friday, May 05, 2017

Heavy traffic, narrow trails. It is quite the hike though, also very beautiful!

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

I hike this trail a few times each week and if you access the trail from the museum parking lot the distance is 2.1 miles, takes me 40+ minutes and burns about 200 calories.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Beautiful hike, just wish there wasn't a busy road near the lower portion. The scenery made up for it though.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beautiful local trail that is difficult enough for you to stretch your legs and get the heart pumping.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Great way to spend a couple hours!

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Absolutely amazing. Im new to hiking, this is the second place I've been amd I loved it. Challenging in some areas but a great workout. My dog Taylor loved it just as much as I did. We will definitely be here often.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nice hike. Easy to access. A good portion of the trail follows a well traveled road.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Good work out! Beautiful limestone formations surrounded by cedar trees and roots.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Very hilly. Ton of fun.

hiking
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nice trail - fairly short but has enough interesting areas to see to make this a descent hike if your new to hiking. Dogs are allowed on this trail. Lots of roots so be careful in those areas.

hiking
Friday, December 02, 2016

Steep inclines and rugged terrain, but this also connects to another easier trail after crossing the road. We did both trails that day. It was a fun time!

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

Great trail with beautiful views. It is narrow in spots with a big drop so I'd caution those with children to keep them close to you.

hiking
Friday, August 19, 2016

This trail is pretty intense at times but VERY BEAUTIFUL! I suggest giving yourself more than the suggested time. Lots of steep, rough hills but also nice easy places to get your bearings. Did this one while wearing a baby and a three year old walking.

hiking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Be sure to watch your step. Lots of roots and partially buried rocks. When you cross the road to start the trail, going left is a quicker incline then going right. So if you want tough first, go left and have steady decline on the way down. Some good scenery.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

I love this trail. I like to go around twice and get a good workout. Nearly the whole loop requires careful attention especially when running. There are lots of rocks, stumps and roots to trip over. Use caution and plan to go slower when it's wet out.

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