Loutre River Trail

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Loutre River Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Montgomery City, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.8 miles
216 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





Loutre River Trail at Graham Cave State Park is a 2.25 mile loop trail located near Montgomery City, Missouri. The trail is used for hiking. It parallels the Loutre river before ascending the hardwood forested hills before it passes by the campgrounds before ending back at the trail's origin. Following the Loutre River, the trail travels along the river road as it heads to the north camping area. Experience a high quality example of a bottomland forest in the flood plain of the Loutre River. Among the characteristic trees of this natural community are bur oaks, with huge acorns that have shaggy-fringed caps, and Kentucky coffee trees, with pods that contain seeds that pioneers used to make a coffee like drink. Below the tree canopy is an understory of pawpaws, Ohio buckeyes and spicebush. The trail parallels the Loutre River as you head from the boat ramp area to the north camping areas. There is also a rich variety of wildflowers that includes the showy blue-eyed Mary and rare false mermaid. Wildlife includes birds like northern parula warblers and butterflies such as the zebra swallowtail. Periodic flooding from the river makes the soil of this bottomland community very fertile and productive.

20 days ago

Cool trail running along the river in most spots. Enjoyed it very much. I do not understand how people can give it 3 stars just because it was muddy, its a river next to trail its not paved! What do you expect? Anyway, nice trail, connectors were easy for me to spot if you just know what and where to be looking!

28 days ago

I had only a short time to do this trail, so I hiked less than half of it. Hope to return and complete full trail. Pretty sunset over the small river. A little hard to spot the TH sign from the camping check-in and playground area, since I connected to it from the Indian Glade Trail.

6 months ago

Nice hike near the river - you can get to the river in a couple areas but it's not easy - beautiful area along this trail!!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The trail was well marked but in some places it was very muddy due to the recent rainstorm. It wasn't crowded. It takes you up a hill that could be steep for some, but the trail along the river was flat and easy to walk.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Flat trail along the river with some nice views.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The trail is very ordinary but does you give you a chance to stretch your legs.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

We enjoyed this one, despite the scarey thunderstorm that passed through over nite! Full review later!

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