White Buffalo Trail Loop

MODERATE 121 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

6 days ago

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

20 days 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

Great hike. Well marked.

hiking
2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

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

6 months ago

Saw 3 Elk! Fairly hilly but lovely trail!

8 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
8 months ago

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
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

We saw deer and turkey on the hike!

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Fabulous hike! We saw deer, elk, turkey and bison!!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Besides seeing a few, actually a lot, of elk, the hike was kind of boring. I'm sure families would dig it because anyone can hike it.

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Me and my family went in the bison trail awesome kids lived seeing the dear and other animals along the trail .

hiking
Friday, March 18, 2016

This trail we went on was actually called the White Bison Trail. We walked this trail with a 7 year old and he really enjoyed it with us. We got our heart rates up with the hills! It is a short trail and you always have the lake in sight. You actually circle the lake. If I would say anything negative it would be the lack of scenic views (excluding the elk). We enjoyed it though!!

hiking
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Really liked this trail. Saw several elk right on the trail.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

It's definitely something to experience for sure. I enjoyed seeing the animals upclose, but it's also somewhat uncomfortable if you're a frady cat like me.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The White Bison trail in Lone Elk park is easy in terms of difficulty. The trail is not every well maintained and very narrow and over-grown in parts. Ticks and chiggers are abundant so bring some deet or wear appropriate clothing. The Elk are abundant and roam freely throughout the park. We had to go off-trail a couple times to avoid them. It's really an interesting hike and worth doing at least once. I would not recommend hiking during the rut in October and November. I would not want to run into a frisky full-grown 1000 lb Bull Elk :)

hiking
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Easy and enjoyable park with much wildlife.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Went a few weeks ago after several years. It was very busy and full of people. The elk were cool to watch. Overall not the best place to be alone in the woods.

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