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Loved this trail. Great inclines and beautiful woods.

Great trail. Stayed at the lodge and got up early to hike. Beautiful view, and lots of animals. A lot of up hill walking, then back down hill.

Very nice, wooded path with views of the river. A little hilly and not very long but very enjoyable!

This is a solid hike. If you start on the southernmost leg (Hickory South); wait for it, there are some spectacular views of the river at the last 1/4 of the loop. We are weekend warriors who take photos and stop for lunch- took us about 3 1/2 hours.

Enjoyed the trail, well marked and easy for anyone to do all 8 miles or turnaround at a point that meets their level.

12 days ago

Short little hike up to an impressive cave.

Hiked this trail today after a 24 hour rain. The waterfall was spectacular and the tree colors were amazing. The surrounding rock formations were awesome. Did not want to leave the area.


Pleasant fall hike. Surface is a bit uneven and requires care when ascending and descending hill.

Beautiful trail in the fall. There are several trails that cross so you have the option of adjusting the distance by mixing and matching. Talks are broad with little undergrowth. I traveled about 45 minutes to get to this park and will definitely return to do different sections of the trails.

Great short trail

One of my favorite trails in the park.

Good trail with nice views.

15 days ago

Great short trail with beautiful bluffs to see.

Did a short loop off of the South Forest Road. The area offers a lot of opportunities for hikes both long and short. I recommend checking out the park map for hikes.

Loved it

This is one of my favorite trails! The ravine is incredible! One could easily spend the entire day here. The creek can get slick and the trails are muddy. There is some strenuous hiking areas but we loved it. The GPS will not get you there- close though. And no signal! Be sure you have a map. There is only one small brown sign near the ground where the turn off it to the trail head. We had no problems with webs or insects. However, it was already cool weather.

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

very nice trail, the path is easy and full of trees.

The Arrowhead trail appears to be open year-round, but the Tomahawk trail is closed Oct 1-Jan 20 for hunting, so you have to do an out-and-back hike rather than a loop. The trails are 2.5mi each.

20 days ago

Beautiful scenery and great sunlight through the trees. Very peaceful. My dog enjoyed it too.

Big place. Has horses only trails. Nice open trails poorly marked though. Enjoyed my time easy stroll the woods along the river.

22 days ago

Drove from O’Fallon and it was quick and easy to get there, and seeing STL from the mounds is really cool. The mounds are bigger in person.

22 days ago

Beautiful short trail. If you are a moderate to experienced hiker or are in good shape this is a good one. Lots of rocks and roots to keep your feet busy and pretty scenic views of the sand stone bluffs. There are a few significant climbs which make the hike super fun! This is NOT a buffed out trail. No wimps, no whining.

Hiking 10/19/18 - Beautiful area! The trail was marked great in most places but missing several important places so that we were wandering around looking for a direction- losing time and adding 3 miles to the hike. Finished in 9 hours with moderate speed, stopped once for lunch for around 45 minutes. The alltrails app was a life saver! No ticks, very few bugs/spiders as mentioned in other posts.

24 days ago

A beautiful, but easy trail

Watch out for the rattlesnakes! Saw one in August near Utica.

Amazing views!

Down in the canyon was amazing

This is a nice trail, fairly easy. Mosquitoes were troublesome but bug spray and a face net helped a lot. Beautiful place.

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