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Fun truck through the woods. Dirt paths with some rocky areas. Mildly travelled. Nice views from the top of the hills and through the creek beds. Dog friendly.

We found the parking space no problem and knew from the previous reviewers the trail head was across the street from where we parked.Nice path with easy to follow trail blazes.The trail is a pleasant walk through the glades.We went clockwise. I would imagine in the spring this area would be full of flowers. Once you get away from the road the trail is uniquely quiet. We followed the path down into the Forrest area where we saw a snake sunning its self in the long grass.A cute little fellow that had green and blue markings. Surprisingly we didn't have to battle a ton on spiderwebs on this trek.I found a nice walking stick to carry with me just in case we needed to clear the path.There were some steady inclines and declines but nothing too hard to manage. Beautiful views and interesting fungi. I liked this trail because it was different from other trails we've done.No big lookouts or waterfalls just a pleasant walk through the bush.Would do it again probably in the spring.

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rocky
1 month ago

Did this trail 9/26/2019. Fall is just getting underway and some leaves make walking on the 3 to 10 inch rocks along the trail hazardous. No bugs today. However we were the first on the trail at 9 AM and there were spiderwebs about every 30’! We used our trekking polls in front of us to clear out the webs. Some nice fall flowers as well. See pictures.

it was super obvious I was the first one through this morning. after tearing through a spider web every 3 feet for the first 1/4 mile I started waving a stick in front of me. this only mildly helped and after a mile I was wearing spider webs like a cloak. the normally easy hike had my heart pumping like I was running a race. every spider web I walked through caused me to let out an involuntary gah and flail wildly. I was done. at the 1.4 mile mark I started to jog out flailing my stick with one hand and holding my dog with the other. I finished it out completely covered in burrs and spider webs. despite that, the easy hike had my heart pumping and I was dripping in swear. 10/10 would do again. haha

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rocky
1 month ago

great trail if you take kids lots of water and breaks

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

This trail was well marked and had very interesting rock formations. I started at the trailhead just past the ranger station but there are two alternative trailheads in the park and the loop can be completed by beginning at any of them. My dog and I completed the 6 mile loop in about 2 .5 hours. The scenery throughout is gorgeous and varies from forest to glades. It was a treat to let my dog swim in Big River at the end of our hike.

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2 months ago

Trail was surprisingly dry and not muddy in late August, despite some recent rains. I have hiked this trail in early spring and late fall as well, and the views definitely weren't quite as good this time, but this is still a trail that has very diverse scenery from rocky cliffs, to meadows, to forests. A few big elevation gains for a bit of a challenge, and the 1000 steps section of the trail is quite steep and can be slippery. I could see how poles could come in handy on this trail, but I have hiked it four times without them. I was the first one on the trail and ran into tons of spider webs, but that is typical for this time of year on Missouri trails. A few spots were overgrown but not terrible, and the trail was still easy to follow. I was wearing clothing coated in permethrin and had no tick or bug issues.

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bugs
rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Not easy for sure. Definitely a moderate trail and fun

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blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

THE TRAIL IS ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE PARKING LOT! Awesome little trail and change of scenery for eastern MO. Vast wide-open fields are always a lovely sigh compared to farmland and forests. The trail was kind of overgrown but not to the point where it made hiking difficult. Flowers and insects abound, and mixed environments made the hike interesting. Went both clockwise and counterclockwise and would recommend the latter .

this was a great hike, not exactly"easy" probably better labeled moderate, however a really nice trail,great views.

super simple and short.

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muddy
6 months ago

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muddy
6 months ago

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muddy
6 months ago

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off trail
over grown
6 months ago

Overall pretty good Trail , go counter clockwise so to save the best on the end.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Excellent training trail. Really great terrain changes from rocks to pine trees and woods. Be prepared for calf-burning hills with good views during fall, winter and spring.

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rocky
scramble
washed out
7 months ago

Trail stones are loose. Watch your step but enjoy the amazing view below.

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