Spring Branch Trail

EASY 20 reviews

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

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

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
7 months ago

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
8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

lots of dogs!!

hiking
Friday, August 05, 2016

trail running
Sunday, July 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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday, November 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
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

hiking
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

hiking
Sunday, October 06, 2013

hiking
Thursday, August 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.