White Buffalo Trail Loop

MODERATE 119 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.

3.0 miles
314 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



no dogs

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

20 days 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.

23 days ago

Great hike. Well marked.

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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

3 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.

3 months ago

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

5 months ago

Saw 3 Elk! Fairly hilly but lovely trail!

6 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.

7 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.

9 months ago

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

9 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.

9 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.

9 months ago

We saw deer and turkey on the hike!

10 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!

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


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.

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.

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.

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 .

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!!

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 :)

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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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Beautiful fall day---elk very well behaved despite mating season. Lots of wildlife out n about. Despite the fact that fir a large percentage of the trek there is a road or oarking lt within sight you still see a variety of terrain.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

this is one of my favorite hikes. not sure why the sign says difficult. lots of scenery. wildlife must be the best anywhere close. i saw 14 elk total, 4 white tail deer, 3 chipmunks and a bunch of squirrels. i made the mistake of hiking during mating season...makes you a bit nervous walking up a trail and finding a big buck, 5 females and 4 youngins. i also liked the solitude and dirt paths. my daughter saw the pics and now she wants to go next week...

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