Locust Creek Riparian Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Laclede, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Riparian Trail is a 12 mile hiking trail that follows the west bank of Locust Creek, a meandering prairie stream with oxbows and river bottom wetlands of old growth timber. The first 8/10 of a mile is a wooden boardwalk over a wooded swampland or wet prairie.
We did this trail in February starting from the Pershing SP side. It was well marked with blazes on the tree but once you leave the SP and cross into the CD side you have to look for the few brown pole markers. We never did find that end but we were able to enjoy a nice snack along the Locust Creek before heading back.
My experience here was dreadful! We only made it 1.5 miles on this trail before we finally gave up trying to find the trail. It had not been maintained. The view was not something to see either. Would not recommend this for a dog walk... Will never go there again.
Trail followed Locust creek, caught in the spring during wildfloor bloom. Basic trail, secluded. Hard to find a nice camp spot that was not to prone to be wet. Would not do the hike in the summer. Alot of low lying areas. The misquitos would be bad.