Explore the most popular cave trails in Missouri with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Loved it! Kid friendly. Relatively flat, so not too difficult for my littles and plenty to entertain everyone. We especially liked the playground area.

Enjoyable hike, several trails to choose from.

I started at the trail to the dam, ended up at a fork to where you could go see the dam or take the turkey creek trail. I went towards the dam and then went down turkey creek a little ways but couldn’t find where you cross the river so I turned around. It is a little rugged but my dog and I made it just fine. I would like to go back and try and find out where the crossing is.

Beautiful place. If you catch it when it is dry you can get down under the natural bridge and check out the caves.

4 days ago

So amazing. There are stairs so be prepared. There used to be a neat barn on the way, but vandals burned it down.

4 days ago

I love this trail. fyi if you are not up for a long hike there is a parking lot near it.

For as short as this trail is, it's packed with awesomeness. The area itself is amazing. I could sit and look at the spring all day. Great place for family pictures. So clean!

Simply put... beautiful place!

It’s a short, semi-technical trail that makes for a fun run in town. Some of the back trails are single track, but the highly trafficked areas are wide and even. I’d rate it higher but there’s no access to the lake.

Similar to what others said: gorgeous, yet lacking in signage and maintenance. As few hikers attempt it between May and September, however the low ranger staff can’t justify maintaining the path until September. I loved watching river otters cross the Current, as well as having my legs cleaned by minnows while wading.

Explore the cave!!

9 days ago

Did this hike on 2.25.18 and loved it. Great views from the bluffs and great exercise on the hike. Pics are uploaded. Plus, see these and more at my IG: wdp_photographyinstructor

It was very short but very fun. Interacting in the cave and seeing it up close was worth the trip from St. Louis.

Good brisk stretch your legs walk !

13 days ago

Beautiful, family friendly trail! We've visited repeatedly!

This is a fantastic park for kids! There are so many paths and little slopes and rocks to climb. There is even a little bitty waterfall. There is a kids play area to the right of the main entrance and directly above the cave.

18 days ago

Nice loop trail that connects to the other trails. You can easily do all 3 trails here looping back to the cave within a couple of hours. We took our 10 year old nephew out on them and he had no problem whatsoever. Very nice! One thing to note is when we got to the open field near the Loutre River section, the mosquitoes were horrendous! Make sure you do not skimp on the bug spray!

18 days ago

was a great hike. falls were roaring since we just had all the rain.

The canyons and stream were beautiful. You're going to need to wear waterproof shoes after a ton of rain as the streams are not at all easy to cross here.

25 days ago

Beautiful rushing water to see. Very peaceful to sit and enjoy the view

Our family has done this trail several times. It is our favorite in the area. It is challenging but well worth it.

26 days ago

Love coming to this place! Beautiful all year round!

Great winter hike.

Beautiful area. Frequently patrolled and safe. Great family campground.

28 days ago

I don’t understand it. I took my family there recently and paid an arm and a leg to go...walk. Here’s a tip; go to Roaring River park and walk through he campground in the valley. You’ll see the same thing, for free, and maybe even end up w some fish outta the deal. DC is a total ripoff. Boo.

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29 days ago

Great river. Lots of caves and springs to explore on the upper section above Alley Spring. Great swimming and fishing for the whole family.

Great views, pretty waterfall, clear creek and dog friendly.

1 month ago

An absolutely beautiful spring! The road from south of Alton (160) is quite curvy. The sign to the trail is very small, so don’t miss it! The trail is actually only 1 mile and the elevation change is 450 feet. The spring is clear and peaceful. We saw a bald eagle soaring above the spring today!

Nice trail for a fun, easy hike.

Great trail! Diverse terrain and well marked.

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