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Spring Valley Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near St. Louis, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 213 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Cave

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Note: The 5 mile loop at Cliff Cave is closed due to flooding. The 1 mile loop is still open.

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Reviews (256)
Photos (83)
Recordings (220)
Completed (548)
Kynsley Meyenburg
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful trail but the trailhead is HARD to find. We scurried up the side of Cliff Cave and finally found the trail.

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Don T
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Hiking

Very nice trails through the woods through how to get to the trail heads are not well marked. You have to walk on the paved trail for quite a while until you see posts with a red emblem. I have seen quite a few interesting birds here. It’s very shaded and not too hilly.

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Anne Rosen
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HikingMuddy

Pretty trail and very few people up there. Difficult to find the trailhead coming from the lower parking lot. Follow the paved path across the railroad tracks and continue. Once you reach the information sign about cliff cave, leave the paved path on the left (not marked but obvious trail) and follow the stream up to the source. On the left, there’s a steep rocky hill. Once you reach the top, the trail opens up. Took us a while to find so hope this helps any others unfamiliar with the area!

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Kelly D.
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Hiking

this trail is very very nice & the park is beautiful. I didn’t do the whole trail but was very happy I could just go wherever I wanted with my toddler in a stroller. was the right amount of shade and sun.. & being able to walk right alongside the river is wonderful!! plenty of spots to stop and take in the view, also plenty of little benches to sit.

Stacey Fournier
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Hiking

This trail in Cliff County Park is now back to being open. It’s a beautiful trail… Somewhere in between easy and lightly moderate. Not very rocky at all and tons of shade! It’s a great trail from when you’re not wanting something too strenuous.

katie lopez
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Closed

trail is closed

Charles Eaton
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Hiking

Missed the trail head but there’s so many great options here we just walked around till we were done. From the lower parking lot, If you follow the paved path and stay left at the bridge you’ll catch up to the trail if you messed the storm drain to the left just before the bridge. That’s where the original trail marker used to be. About 30 steps in and you’ll see the loop. Definitely love this park lots of options to wander.

Brandon Walters
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Hiking

Tons of separate trails and sites to see. Loved it!

Kristin Spears
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Hiking

2.5 miles - inner loop winds in the middle and got turned around a couple times!

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Lefty T
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Hiking

Great park in general! Everything was well maintained and clean. Did this trail, the new River Bluff Trail to the north (not shown on this app map), and the Cliff Cave Loops trail with my dog for a total of between 6 and 7 miles. Great variety of paved and dirt trails with great views of the river, some cliffs, and the woods.

Bryan Jacob
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Hiking

Good hike with my buddy, Meat, who recently lost 100 lbs. Energy level was good and he climbed hills like a champ. Way to go!

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Garrett Railey
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Hiking

Great park for many different activity levels! Easy wide and paved trails, great for families with little ones and for bikers. Also many different trails that take you all over the woods in the park. Drinking fountains and large pavilion area by the river to get out of the sun, all by the parking lot and trail entrances. Great place to spend the afternoon outdoors!

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Dan Story
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Hiking

The trail maker is no longer there and can be hard to find. From the bottom parking lot, follow the Greenway trail marker .6 up the hill until you see a storm drain. There's a rocky hill that doesn't look like much of a trail, but about 30 steps up, the loop will be clear. The entrance is about .02 miles from the cave bridge. If you get to the bridge that crosses Cave Cliff road, you passed it.

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Hiking

Was worried I wouldn't find the unpaved portion, but if you stay on the paved path, you ultimately hit the trailhead. The path beyond the cave didn't seem real clear, but alas... lots of opportunity to get lost on the various loops. Can't wait to come back.

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Laurie Creach
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Hiking

Took the trail entrance by the drain (past the cave, before the bridge from the lower parking lot). Got delightfully lost on the “inner loop.” Looking forward to giving it another try.

Carlos Antonio Castro
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HikingOver grown

A bit overgrown and neglected but it is still there. Took a while to find. It starts before the bridge, after the cave on the left. There’s a drain and that’s where the trail actually starts. Also most of it is not paved. Looks like an old trail.

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Connor Bradenberg
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Mountain biking

Great for starters!

Jae Andersen
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Hiking

The trails you know and love are still here! You just have to get to them. Come hike them! At first I thought they ruined the trails. They didn’t. The people who said they ripped the trails out are mistaken. They did not rip them out. They are both still nestled in the woods where they were. The other reviewer that said this is not the place for natural trails is also mistaken. Take the lower trail head to just last the cave. On the left there is a drain, before the bridge, the trail starts there. You can also find it in a few other places along the paved path.

Cyndi DDineen
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Hiking

Please come home these trails again! We need to hike it before they over grow. I would recommend parking at the lower trail head. I made the mistake of parking at the upper. It’s a hot walk back up. Park at the lower trail head and stick to the path. Once you pass the cave and before you hit the bridge, you will see a drain to your left. There starts the path to the inner and outer trails. Wear bug spray!

Mark Barefoot
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Superb walkways, beautiful scenery... if you are looking for natural trails this is not the place.

Kathy Chandler
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nice place to go

Olivia M
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Hiking

Used to be beautiful trails but they are ripping them out to pave them even though there was already 5 miles of paved trail. Took the adventure and beauty away. :(

Jennifer Parker
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Hiking

This trail used to be good, but when you get inside Cliff Cave Park they totally ruined what made it beautiful to begin with. Paving the trail and taking it completely out of the woods is not cool (not to mention the fact that they're bulldozing down all the trees and the woods to accommodate people who want an "easy" nature experience that isn't even in nature anymore...what the hell??). I would suggest hiking on the wooded loop part of this trail and completely avoiding the Cliff Cave Park portion of it altogether. I'm really sad about how they ruined it...

Melanie Dickens
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Hiking

Beautiful Trail

Jim Lahm
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Kelly Blaskow
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Hiking

Paved and very popular, no challenges walking it. Did see a lot of animals. Good path for big groups, beginners, pets, and kids.

DM P
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Unless I completely missed something - trail is closed for construction (April 2017). Still want to come back when it's open

Tom Sims
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The Spring Valley Trail is only 2.3 miles long but that is just the outer loop - there is also an inner loop and some side trails - so it can be a good hike if you go on all trails - although they are not marked very well.

Rebecca Rebecca Granado
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so much to see and do here. i feel like Dora the explorer!!

James Warren
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Hiking

Biking trail circles an old farm field and can flood from time to time. Actually are two "hiking" trails that take you through the woods, with nice views of Mississippi on the trail closest to train tracks.

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