Vilander Bluff Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bourbon, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 255 feet Route Type: Loop

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Vilander Bluff Trail is named for Vilander Bluff, the highest bluff along the Meramec River. The natural surface trail provides trail access to Vilander Bluff Natural Area, a 206-acre natural area known for its ancient eastern red cedars. Some of these cedars, from 300 to 500 years old, grow out of the rocks along the bluff. The trail features an outstanding example of a dry cliff community that contains two very rare species of lichens. The trail also takes hikers through a dry chert woodland and chert savanna before returning to the parking lot. The trail was built and is maintained by the Miramiguoa Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists from Franklin County. In an effort to protect the rare species and the area’s natural features, the trail is limited to hiking only and was constructed without major ground disturbance.

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Mon Jan 07 2019

Nothing out of the ordinary kind of trail. Trail is well marked.

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Sat Aug 11 2018

This well blazed wooded loop trail is probably best hiked during the fall or spring when there are fewer leaves and you can see the valley the Meramec River flows through. It would be a nice trail for trail running as it has some nice ascents and descents and is rocky in parts.

Tue Jul 03 2018

We were expecting to be able to see the river from the bluff, but apparently the pamphlet where we got our info was incorrect. A good workout nonetheless. No one else on the trail. All shaded so we kept out of the sun and cooler.

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Mon Jun 25 2018

Okay hike. Well shaded, but not necessarily well marked. Did get lost about 3/4 way in. A LOT of webs to walk through

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Mon Mar 19 2018

Very short trail but it does climb around and over a good sized hill. I takes you to the top of the hill that Vilander Bluff is on but never gives any views of the bluff or valley below. Found this very disappointing since this is the tallest bluff on the Meramec River. I've seen pictures of the bluffs but it's up to you to do some bushwhacking to try to find a vantage point.

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Mon Nov 07 2016

Vilander Bluff Trail is named for Vilander Bluff, the highest bluff along the Meramec River. The natural surface trail provides trail access to Vilander Bluff Natural Area, a 206-acre natural area known for its ancient eastern red cedars. Some of these cedars, from 300 to 500 years old, grow out of the rocks along the bluff. The trail features an outstanding example of a dry cliff community that contains two very rare species of lichens. The trail also takes hikers through a dry chert woodland and chert savanna before returning to the parking lot. The trail was built and is maintained by the Miramiguoa Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists from Franklin County. In an effort to protect the rare species and the area’s natural features, the trail is limited to hiking only and was constructed without major ground disturbance.

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