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Not a tone of shade and lots of road noise, however I only did 2 miles of walking so it may get better

Beautiful trail. Very maintained. Like 60 seconds from the city. Map at trailhead, however seemed to be a lack of trail markers while on the trail.

nature trips
3 days ago

Loved the River Scene Trail and the rugged path at the beginning of the hike. Bathrooms at the park were pristine clean. Very enjoyable!

hiking
3 days ago

A nice wide well blazed trail through deciduous forest before running next to the lake. There is a short side trail that gives a nice view of the lake even in the summer. The trail is heavily used by trail riders so watch your step. There is a small cemetery next to the trail. The trail is rocky in parts but nothing unusual for the Ozarks.

hiking
6 days ago

Great place to hike and have kids and dogs swim in the crystal clear water.

Would definitely not rate this as “Moderate.” The trail is very well marked and relatively easy. Great views from the bluff & alone the river. Crowded on the weekend, but that’s to be expected.

horseback riding
9 days ago

Love this conservation Area! Beautiful views, lots of wild flowers, and tons of trails. Trails were mowed and easy to follow.

Fun trail that runs mostly along a ridge line at the start and passes through woodland and then a Shortleaf Pine forest. There’s a rest area between the woodland and Shortleaf Pine forest that is next to a small lake and has a picnic table. Other neat little ponds can be found next to the trail.

After descending from the ridge and passing some large flat rocks and other rock formations, the trail runs next to a wet weather creek for a couple of miles, which it crosses a few times. The trail is overgrown in several areas along the creek but the path is well worn from trail riders so it’s easy to find. We passed at least ten riders while on the trail. The last 3/4 mile back to the trailhead is on a gravel road. I logged 9.2 miles for the mapped trail.

backpacking
10 days ago

loved it

Nice winding trail, very peaceful. Has some stretches that I would love to come back and run. Also, according to the paper map provided on-trail, it is 14 miles.

Went for a run.. Not able to see great views. The meadow was pretty but there was a TON of cobwebs. Overall just a windy wooded path. Good for a short trail run, you won’t get lost. Went on it in the late evening, almost at dark, kinda gave me the creeps.

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful!

Great trail, a little something for everyone! Respect and enjoy..

There’s no parking so you will just have to pull over to the edge of the dirt road to park. Boulders mark the start of the trail but the trail is overgrown for the first 150 yards and you will have to wade through poison ivy, blackberry briars and cedar trees that have been cut across the “trail” until it meets up with the rest of the Kaintuck trail system, which is better used.

After that you will cross a creek and mostly ascend through a forest with occasional openings in the forest. When you reach a trail crossroad it’s time to head back. Only at the crossroad do you see any blazing for this trail.

I would recommend getting a conservation map at the trail head parking lot, they are at the sign with all the notices. this will be helpful to keep you on the loop. the train isnwell defined but there are some different trails that cut through the loop and it can be unclear which way to go. the map also showed us a way to shorten the loop which was nice. we ended up also walking the woodland trail which is on the left side of the loop. I would recommend walking this as it goes along the river and takes you to a cave which is cool, the conservation mapmwill also help you find this more easily, we just stumbled upon it. the trails is wooded, there are a few good inclines. bring your bug spray we both had ticks on us. the trail is mostly shady but does have some sunny spots so bring your suncreen too. it took us about 4 hours to do the woodland trail and the slightly shortend loop with a 15 minute stop for lunch. this was very pretty, trail is covered in gravel in most places, was occasionally Rocky, not too bad. would recommend if you have some time and like the woods.

ticks! south loop overgrown

Beautiful scenery of the Meramec River and the valley... somewhat crowded but worth the hike!

This trail passes through mostly old growth forest and has some extremely large oak trees along the way. The right portion of the figure eight as mapped by this app is easy to follow. The left portion of the figure eight as mapped is almost nonexistent in some parts and evidently no longer used or maintained.

Overgrown and littered with trash. Only was able to go about 1/4 mike before turning back and was covered in ticks. Doesn’t look like the trail ha been maintained in years.

I skipped Dogwood and did Yellow trail and an offshoot I came across. Beautiful area, but pretty muddy due to heavy equestrian traffic. I think I would have enjoyed it more as a trail ride instead of a hike.

backpacking
28 days ago

Tough trail. Lots of loose rocks and grade changes. Challenging but fun. Ticks are abundant.

Trail was great for hiking giving nice views from the ridge line. Gave some good elevation change if you’re wanting to push yourself. The shooting range, located at the entrance to the trailhead, was a bit jarring and not so serene. Since it was a loop, we knew we were almost done with the trail when we heard the sounds of war.

This is the most beautiful hike in the St Louis area.

I have been biking on the katy trail since 2012. I love this trail.

Great trail! Temps were low in the bottom section of the trail; good pick for a hot summer day. Only gripe I had was that the trail ended at the equestrian center and not the visitor center where I started the hike

Good trail. Not too challenging. Little overgrown in areas. Ticks were bad

backpacking
1 month ago

We turned this into a three day hike because we wanted more time out there and it was worth it! at the 12 mile mark you can go off to the left and about .1 off trail is a great campsite with a decent little creek. it was nice and secluded great for a first night stay. when you get to Brazil creek fill up your water as there are not many options after that.

5 stars for solitude, except at the parking area. The first time we went there were 1960's style hippies doing loud things. this time the parking area was trashed out. if only everyone would do their part to keep things nice. The trails were good and mostly manageable. (4 Stars). They were very weedy in some spots. Especially in open fields. The creeks were very low but still nice. with saw some great wildlife and are grateful this place exists. FYI, Prepare to deal with ticks.

LOTS of ticks!! It was a really great trail and a great challenge but the amount of ticks hurt my experience. I’d recommend wearing pants.

Not a good trail, it is not mark, it’s dirty!! it’s sad when people does not respect nature. Beer cans and bottles all over.

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