White Buffalo Trail Loop

MODERATE 150 reviews
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White Buffalo Trail Loop is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Meramec, Missouri that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
314 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

I-44 North Outer Road west of Highway 141 1 Lone Elk Park Rd Saint Louis, MO 63088

hiking
4 days ago

Lovely hike for a mid-summer hike! The trail was balanced with both hills and flat areas. The trail is gravel/dirt and narrow with overgrown brush in areas. Most of the trail is shaded. We saw countless elk, deer, and turkey along the trail. At times we had to take an alternate route to avoid disturbing the wildlife on the trail. We inspected ourselves after the hike and found we were covered in hundreds of seed ticks on us despite DEET insect repellent. We drove through the bison area but didn’t have any sightings. We will return again soon!

hiking
21 days ago

Awesome trek. Deer, turkey, elk and mostly wooded.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike. I thought I would mention in this app to stay at least 100 ft from the elk. There were several on the trail. People have been gored by the elk, granted one group was trying to take a selfie with the elk so some are related to clueless hikers. Be extra careful during mating season which is mid-August through December when the elk are particularly aggressive.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice walk through the Elk’s habitat. The trail is a nice gravel and dirt path, shaded, and well marked. We were able to observe many elk grazing and laying around along with many varieties of birds.
You are also able to see the bison but only from your car as they are in a different part of the park.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail with a couple of good inclines. We drove through the whole park first and saw some Bison and Elk. Saw one doe on the trail though we went at Mid-Day.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very nice trail through Lone Elk Park. It offers a lot of hills and animal sightings. We go a couple times a year.

hiking
2 months ago

It was beautiful ☺️
Definitely come back again

3 months ago

Really enjoyable trail! Interesting terrain, elk wandering about, decent elevation shifts (not extreme, but not trivial). The elk were cooling themselves in the lake on the unseasonably warm day we visited.

Two items to note: there were a lot of logs intersecting the trail.nothing insurmountable, but just a heads up. Also, the bathrooms don’t have soap.

4 months ago

Saw lots of elk! This hike was challenging with some steep grades but leveled off soon enough that it wasn't too tough.

4 months ago

Actually White Bison Trail. And you won't see any bison on it. They are in a no foot zone.
Overall worthwhile for deer, birds, and Elk.
Up and down narrow not paved.

hiking
5 months ago

2nd time on this trail. We LOVE it. It will be a repeated trail going forward. This time we got to see elk and deer! Keep your eyes open as they blend in well and many of the elk were laying right next to the trail. Respect their environment and space.

5 months ago

Great hike. Well marked.

hiking
6 months ago

Lots of WW2 ruins, good vistas. Surprised I have not repeated it. Will soon.

7 months ago

Saw elk, bison, deer, ducks and nice people. Can’t beat that.

hiking
8 months ago

LOVED this trail and will do time and again. It was a well balanced hike with the moderate climbs sprinkled throughout the three miles. We spotted at least ten deer as well as many tracks of deer and elk. The three miles were marked clearly every mile which was helpful and appreciated. FYI...no dogs allowed on this trail due to the animal activity in the park.

hiking
8 months ago

Saw elk on the hiking trail. Also drove thru the bison area and saw bison resting about 50 yds off the road.

10 months ago

Saw 3 Elk! Fairly hilly but lovely trail!

11 months ago

Awesome views of elk and bison at the park. Narrow trail with some spots of tall plants, so watch out for ticks. Overall a lovely time.

hiking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Trail head is a little tricky to find. Elk very close to the trail-seem pretty comfortable being that close to humans. Watch out for ticks-I brought one home with me.

hiking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

The hike was beautiful with the wild life moving around us unphased the entire time. Be forewarned...the ticks are plentiful!

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Great little loop with plenty of wildlife to see. Trail is not technical but there was some loose gravel. Trail is single track for most of the hike. The 3 mile loop took me about and hour.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

This was a great hike for our little family. It was short enough that our oldest (5) had minimal complaints. The best part was the experience of seeing elk on the trail in various spots.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

We saw deer and turkey on the hike!

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Beautiful park and well-marked trail. Elk and deer aplenty. Nearer to roads and lawn mower noise than I'd hoped, but that wouldn't keep me from a return trip.

trail running
Friday, February 24, 2017

Really enjoyed this trail run and wouldn't have fared on it as well without the app (trailhead and a couple trail turns that aren't marked well)

Highlights - the windy and hilly trail that opens up to the lake, seeing 6 elk along the way, low traffic on the trail (only saw 3 people), 70 degrees in MO in February

Room for improvement - Trailhead was hard to find, it is located southwest of the parking spots for White Bison Trail. Trail path hard to navigate without the app highlighting the trail.

I'll be back!

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Beautiful trail and well maintained. We had elk and deer everywhere, some laying right on the trail.

trail running
Thursday, February 02, 2017

awesomeness

Monday, October 17, 2016

Great trail! Lots of inclines so this trail is not for anyone with bad knees. Saw a lot of deer and a few elk. Very easy to navigate and not crowded at all. Started our hike about 8:15a and after several stops for some photo ops we were done about 10a.

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

Pretty boring trail. Even my 6 year old said it was very boring. Also, it is longer than 3 miles. That's at least a 4 mile hike.

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