Swimming Deer Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews
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Swimming Deer Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bonne Terre, 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.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
442 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

Well marked, 2 wooden bridges, large sinkhole ,very deep This trail has a steep climb at the beginning, but is fairly level overall. There are some rocks in the trail making for tricky footing in places. There are also two wooden bridges to cross. A point of interest, is the deep sink hole located along the trail, and an old shack. Swimming Deer Trail follows Big River for approximately one mile and circles back along the hillside to its origin. Hikers will be treated to outstanding bluff overlooks along Big River for much of the walk. Also along the trail is evidence of scars left on the land from a time when settlers dug shallow surface mines by hand in search of lead deposits. A historic log sawmill reflects a time when this area was so heavily logged that hardly any trees were left standing.

hiking
7 days ago

Trail is marked well. There are some nice points overlooking the river. Pretty wild flowers along the way. Only criticism is distance marked on the signs in the park aren't correct. It is marked at 2.5 but maps out at a little over 3. #lagomadventures

9 days ago

Trail was marked very well and the overlooks were awesome as well

hiking
25 days ago

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1 month ago

This is a really neat trail with great views and access to the Big River. I visited on a rainy day and saw a lot of neat fungi. I saw deer here like some of the other hikers mentioned. There were a lot of spider webs so watch out! The trail was well-maintained and there were many trail markers which made it very easy to follow.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hiking trail!

hiking
1 month ago

This is the most beautiful trail I have hiked so far. I went around 10-11 so the morning light shining through the woods was pretty.

1 month ago

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3 months ago

Great walk.

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5 months ago

Really enjoyed this one. Lots of vegetation and not a lot of major elevation changes.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

We love this trail! The scenery is pretty and the diversity of the changing terrain is great! I would highly recommend this trail.

Very nice to walk !

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail not hard at all.