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Spring Branch Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Imperial, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 3 ft Route type Loop
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Sharing a trailhead with Limestone Hill Trail, this trail offers a leisure hike through a portion of the Rock Creek bottomland. The packed gravel surface is manageable for wheelchairs and strollers to follow a small stream flowing from the Bollefer Spring past remains of the Bollefer springhouse, built in 1837. This farming family stored perishables such as milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables before refrigeration was invented. Looping through a young forest of hackberry and box elder trees, the trail winds through sycamores and cottonwoods along Rock Creek, a popular place for wading during the summer. The creek also hosts a variety of aquatic wildlife. Continue through the box elder trees returning to the trailhead and picnic area.

Ample parking for cars or RV's. Picnic area and play ground adjacent to the trailhead.

Mastodon SP 1050 Charles J. Becker Drive Imperial, MO 63052-3524 PHONE NUMBER Park Office: (636) 464-2976

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Jessica D'Angelo
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Christy Watson
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Emily Watson
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John Linderman
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Nice easy short stroll through woods and along a spring fed creek with some limestone cliffs. A number of families with children were enjoying playing in the water or hanging out on the gravel bars.

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Amanda Loe-Nolan
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When I read there was a creek, I was expecting this little itty bitty creek that you may stick your feet in or something. But no, it’s huge and the littles can totally get in and splash around. My 3 year old had a BLAST! And it was a nice little walk around the park as well, flat, crushed gravel. Super easy to push a stroller around.

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Connie Koski Kellogg
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A beautiful easy trail that meanders through the woods and passes streams that you can play in . Great trail for kids ... Great picnic area and playground is an extra bonus for families...

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Liz Christman Stetina
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Always crowded. This is all flat, gravel paths, some pavement. Not difficult. More of a walk. You can walk down to the water and swim. Not deep but fun for kids.

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Jennifer Roussin
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Very pretty spring day with clear streams and wildflowers.

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Gabriela Danielle
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This place is super crowded. It’s a good stop for when we are short on time and can’t go out for a strenuous hike. I haven’t made it out here during the summer yet, but im sure it’s nice down by the river. But really, if you want to avoid people do not bother coming here.

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Lance Hyde
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Heavily trafficked on the weekends. Trail ran it, but just too many people

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Ben Lipe
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Short loop along the creek. Popular place to swim/splash in the water with the kids. Graveled path under the trees for it entirety. Plenty of pavilions with picnic tables, playgrounds and restrooms. Fun place to bring the kids or the dogs and level enough to be enjoyed by everyone.

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Lauren Janee
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Easy trail. Can be muddy. The creek is a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids.

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Amelia H
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This is an easy, flat trail. I usually complete 2-3 loops with my dog stopping at the creek each time we pass it so she can cool off. This is one of the more heavily trafficked trails I have been to; it seems to appeal to many dog walkers and families. That being said, it isn’t terribly disruptive.

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Charles Tabing
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nice flat limestone packed trail. popular among dog walkers and families.

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Anna Bembower
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Fun flat trail. Nice creek to explore with kids!

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Olivia Myers
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Nothing spectacular. Decent little trail though.

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Melissa Braun
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Really enjoy this walk with my dachshund. It's busy enough to feel safe when it's just the two of us but not so busy it's not enjoyable. We usually do two to three laps to get a nice walk.

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H H Harms
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I definitely wouldn't consider this trail to be "lightly trafficked", it always seems busy to me, but it's an easy and pretty walk.

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Emily Ploesser
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The best part of this trail is getting to the real hike up the Limestone Hill. And the creek to play in along this trail. Other than those exciting features, it's an easy walk in the park.

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Rachel Broadbear
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The trail itself isn't much to write home about, but the reason for the trail is the creek - you can drop down to the creek to wade at various points along the path. I have walked upstream as far as a mile or so. Depending on the season, the creek is waist-height in places, and there are many areas deep enough for dogs to swim.

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Kayla Strathman
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I love Mastodon. Everything about it. We went at least once a week during the summer. It can get a bit busy but not too bad. The water is great for little kids to play in as it isnt too deep. The trails all around are easy and beautiful.

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Tom Sims
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Short flat trail next to a creek - good for small kids

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Ashley Ashley Ruff
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lots of dogs!!

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Jeremy Weibrecht
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Use this part to warm up before the upper part. Run both it is 2.5 miles. Usually do 3-5 laps for a good run.

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April Strohmeier
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A nice little trail perfect for a quick run. Good for kids. All flat. Nice surroundings for a trail in the woods.

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Paul Nitzke
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this is just a short walking trail. not to exciting or at all challenging. the stretch walking beside Rock Creek is the highlight of trail.

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Doug Neidholdt
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The trail is more a walking/jogging trail. It is a nice area to picnic and stretch your legs after traveling to Mastodon state park.

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Jim Duzan
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Amy Truttmann
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Jim Duzan
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