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.
dogs on leash
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).
It's a great little 5k loop. You get some incline, decline, flats and occasional puddles to navigate. It is a staple in my training.
Love the views along the river and at the top of the bluffs.
Excellent views of the river from the top of the bluffs!
Glad we did the rugged hill side up and the wooden steps down. The railroad track tunnel was a great spot to stop after by the river. Nice flat walk back along river after the woodsier trek the first part. Crowded on the day we went, but not congested.
Very scenic trail with mild terrain all around. Perfect for a short day out.
Great views. Terrain very rocky in some parts. Can be crowded on weekends.
Love this trail for energy exertion and the views but too crowded for my preference.
Great trail with lots of variety. Steep hills, flat bottoms, field, river, railroad, complex stairs and gorgeous views! Saw many hikers, runners and cyclists.
This is a good hike! The view is nice and the hills offer a decent workout.
Bring bug spray in the summer or you'll end up having to leave 30 seconds into your hike.