Spring Branch Trail

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Spring Branch Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly 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.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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nature trips

road biking

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bird watching

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river

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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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

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bugs
2 months ago

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.

running
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Fun flat trail. Nice creek to explore with kids!

10 months ago

Nothing spectacular. Decent little trail though.

walking
Sun Jan 28 2018

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.

Sun May 28 2017

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.

hiking
Fri May 05 2017

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.

walking
Mon Apr 10 2017

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.

Sun Mar 26 2017

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.

hiking
Wed Jan 25 2017

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

Mon Oct 17 2016

lots of dogs!!

running
Sun Jul 17 2016

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.

Tue Jul 12 2016

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

Sun Nov 29 2015

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.

hiking
Thu Aug 29 2013

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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3 months ago

recorded Spring Branch Trail

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3 months ago

recorded Recording - Jul 19, 06:37 PM

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