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It’s flat and basic, but that’s not necessarily bad. The corn has been harvested so I imagine the views are nicer now that you can see a little more skyline. It was a bit tricky to find the trailhead. Pull into the park and take the road to the left, go across the levy and park at shelter 3. The road is a loop where you park and you want to go to the opposite side of the parking where they’ve mowed a wide patch of path. Keep walking ~0.2 mi and you’ll see a sign marking the trail. There are two loops. The first loop (~1 mi, I didn’t actually check) you’ll end up where you parked, but shortly before that you’ll see the second loop head off to the right. Today the second loop was SO muddy 1/2 mi in and at one point the whole path was water. I was with my short legged dog who was already getting too messy so we had to turn around. It was still a nice day and an easy walk outside with decent views and a faint sighting of the downtown STL skyline.

Apparently there are time restrictions. 9am we showed up and a sign prevented us getting to path until 12:30. Not publicized anywhere.

nature trips
2 months ago

Easy walk on a gravel road. Some wildlife. Can see downtown St. Louis.

Nice park & a nice trail but due to the cockleburs on the ground, not the best place for pets.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Mediocrity. Flat marshlands. The herons are nice to look at and the lake view is stunning but the trail itself is average at best.

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

The lake is beautiful. I parked on the wrong side of the lake. I thought I could walk all around the lake. At 4 miles, I realized I had to turn back around. It took me 8 miles to get back to my car. So do not make the mistake I made. Trails (if there is one) are not clearly marked. Be careful to NOT take the bike trail. It will NOT loop you around the lake.

Nice scenery and tons of wildlife!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

not too much to explore but was a nice walk!

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2017

the trail that is in the app is only gravel and on a sunny day offers no shade. but if you go down some there is a bridge section that is about a mile each way, and down by the barrels there is some remote trails for hiking.

backpacking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

it is a great hike for short hikes, it is also nearby so that is a plus. I wish I had a good hiking partner to share in the fun.

walking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Not much here. Cool if you like farm fields and swamps I guess.

The park received funding from a donor and reopened.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/horseshoe-lake-state-park-reopens-after-overdue-electric-bills-paid/article_926124f2-18fc-59a9-8798-3c14dc12e9d4.html

Lots of fun, but the park lost funding and closed.

hiking
Thursday, April 21, 2016

This park is closing down. Sad to see it go, it was a close hike for me. http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article72927432.html

walking
Friday, April 08, 2016

Pretty nice walk!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

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first time on this trail. I'll come back. good trail to break in my new hiking boots

Wide trail, well maintained. Follows some farmland which is less than desirable. But beautiful lake and birds...birds definitely don't disappoint.

hiking
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

I didn't hike this whole trail. It is just a gravel road, not that interesting of a hike but may come back for a bike ride.

Easy, wide, grassy, flat. The loop is 3.9 miles. We walked a gravel road interior to the loop that leads to campsites to increase our distance. Not challenging but pleasant and close to home. My geriatric dog had no problems. This trail would be easy for smaller children. I'll be back with grandbabies in a double jogging stroller - the trail is that well maintained and flat. Half or more of this trail is in full sun. For a big portion you have crop land on one side and Horseshoe Lake on the other side. There are some nice water views. If you look closely at one of my photos (the last one) you can see the St Louis arch above the trees. The trailhead has a small pavilion with some BBQ pits and picnic tables. This would make be a fun day for young families.

hiking
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Easy flat trail. Can see the St. Louis Arch from the cornfield part of the tail.

Easy 3.5-4mi flat hike. Weird half way point cornfield route. Super close to home. If I don't feel like going too far and get a hike craving I'll come back!

my wife and I came out to camp. The sites are $8 a night and the camp area has toilets and a playground. The trail is flat, wide, and easy. It's been mostly dry this week and the ground is just a little squishy in a few places. The bridges that are reported washed out in other posts have been rebuilt. It's great for a quick getaway from the city.

Great trail and easy to find alternative routes when area's turn a bit marshy. In comparison to other trails I've been, it was not hard to find the route. That was a big help. The marshier area's of the trail tend to be toward the Southern end. The campsite roads and some secondary paths are good alternatives to re-route when the water gets high. North end high enough to generally avoid the mud issues.

We walked this path after a morning thunderstorm, and expected that the grass trail would be wet and muddy in places-it was. We saw several deer, birds, and frogs. We also saw a turtle and a giant snake skin (maybe 5' long?) hanging from a branch. Two bridges near the campground were washed out, which resulted in us walking along the road for the last mile of the hike.

hiking
Monday, November 04, 2013

We enjoyed the beach and bridge just up the road from here. The canal was beautiful.

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

oil and chip road on top of the chain of rocks canal west levee. flat ride, smooth surface. saw small deer herd and wild turkeys on land side. geese, pelicans,gulls and ducks riverside. view of lock 27 and its operations as well as tow boats. beware of crossing beneath bridge construction of new 270 bridges.

hiking
Monday, April 29, 2013

Just completed the trail with my girlfriend. It was very flat and very easy. Taller grasses and very soft wet ground made the trail and annoyance without Gore-Tex. Saw very little wildlife but saw lots of deer tracks in the mud. The last mile of the trail is where it gets better for sights, but then toward the last half mile we had to go out to the road due to two walking bridges missing and the rest of the trail being flooded out. Seems like a nice area for a picnic, but I won't be back for the hiking.

walking
Monday, April 29, 2013

This trail is mostly a flat grass trail. Half of the trail was through corn fields (no shade). I recommend not completing this trail right after a good rain shower. Very muddy. Plus toward the end of my hike there were two bridges that were out near the camp sites) and the last half mile was flooded. Recommend wearing water proof boots. There were a lot of birds and ducks and saw a couple of frogs for you nature lovers. I will not hike this trail again.

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