River Scene Trail

MODERATE 249 reviews
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River Scene Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ballwin, Missouri that features a river 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
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
291 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

River Scene Trail (red arrows) This three-mile loop is the most spectacular trail in the park and highlights the parks most memorable features. The trail climbs to and then traverses a series of bluffs overlooking the Meramec River. It then goes down a long wood staircase that takes you from the top of the bluffs to the valley below. From there, the trail takes you through an up-close and personal look at the river and the bottomland surrounding it. Along the way, you will pass panoramic vistas, remnants of the historic resort era and floodplain forest. This trail is designated for hiking and bicycling (hiking only on the bluff portion).

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

My wife and I hiked this with our 2 young children (5 and 7). The first mile of the hike was mostly uphill over loose rock. We thoroughly enjoyed the views overlooking the Meramec river. The rocky overhangs are cool to see and abundant along this part of the trail. If you take young children, make sure they can handle the climb and listen well. Our son has an independent streak and had to be firmly told to stay away from the edge of the cliffs. They pretty much all have a straight drop off of 200 feet or more. It was around 95 degrees but there was enough shade and breeze that it wasn't a problem. At the end of the hills there is an elaborate wood staircase that takes you down to the river area. I'm guessing it's around 15-20 flights. This was a nice change in scenery with huge trees that extended out over the river, and a hard sandy walking surface. Also very shaded. The traffic was pretty heavy, and there was usually someone within earshot. But it was Sunday so not a big surprise. There was also a lot of people walking their dogs on the trail. The rocks on this trail are really sharp, so make sure that's not a problem for your dog's feet. I like dogs, but a lot of owners weren't cleaning up after them. I saw at least 15 piles of dog crap in the middle of the trail. So watch where you're stepping.

hiking
13 days ago

trail running
13 days ago

Beautiful! Love the variety of running surface. Goes from rocky hills to climb, to a tunnel, to lowland sand. Great view.

17 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

The photos can only capture a bit of the gorgeous views from on top of the bluff. I went in early July, with everything green and the trees full. I'd love to see this same trail in the fall and look across the river at fall foliage. There is a short bit of steep climbing on this trail until you reach the top. LOTS of loose rocks, so be very careful, especially if you step toward the many "lookout points" along the trail (trust me...I slipped and fell, injuring my wrist but it could have been much worse). The bottom of the trail, after you descend the wooden staircase trail, is so different and interesting. You can get right into the river. Some of the trail in this area is soft sand. I really enjoyed this and will return!

18 days ago

walking
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hiking
24 days ago

Pretty good trail with a nice incline to warm you up and plenty of vistas overlooking the Meramec River. A well built set of stairs leads you down under the railway, and out towards the river. The place can get a little crowded though, and not everyone practices trail etiquette. Picked up quite a bit of trash on the way.

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24 days ago

hiking
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hiking
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