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Really beautiful trail, not much wildlife but still beautiful during sunset

hiking
blowdown
11 hours ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
16 hours ago

This was my first time in Swope Park, and I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed the trail. I started by the parking area and went up the mountain biking trail on the left side of the road. I went through the loop clockwise, and only saw two other groups of hikers. The trail was well maintained and easy to follow, for the most part. When I got to the old cabins, I realized I needed to backtrack a bit a take the trail that crossed the road. At one point, I reached a sign that said something like, “Hikers only beyond this point.” I took the route and ended up on a very narrow and weedy trail, so again, I backtracked and stayed on the mountain biking trail to complete the loop.

8.7 mi / wander / moderate 361 ft elevation gain The BEST city park I have ever visited. Ever. Started near Lindell & Union. Took the heels path for a few as I passed the Science Center and looped around the SE golf course. Made my way past the Boathouse and around the Theater, through Picnic Island and around the Emerson Grand Basin. Gorgeous day full of lively nature. Great views as always from the Art Hill, St. Louis Zoo, and back to outer edges to complete the rest of the Heels Path. One could easily get 15 miles out of Forest Park if they wanted to. Plenty of bridges and side paths all over the park. -HH

Beautiful area! We hiked most of the trails in the area but started at the White Tail Trail. The waterfall is on the Old Kate trail, so we had to do some hunting to find it. Overall, a great experience and will be back!

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
1 day ago

Great trail for a longer hike that is near by to the county/city. Some elevation but mainly flat. With the tree canopy quite thick, there were multiple muddy spots, but they were easy enough to maneuver around. I will definitely go there again.

hiking
1 day ago

Found a new trail. From near girlscout shelter to old logging road hair pin on whitetail trail. 25% climb. Good 5 minute cardio.

I went the day after it rain so there was lots of mud, but overall great trail. There were a few hills with rocks that could be tricky if you don’t have the right shoes. There are about 5 look-outs over the river and it’s beautiful (good place to stop for lunch) some people have taken their dog without leashes so if you take tour dog, just be careful. I did pass a large pile of rocks that had past hikers names and the date on them so I recommend bringing a sharpie. We also found a baby copperhead.

It was a great trail. I was pretty thankful there wasn't any steep inclines as my legs were already achy from Perre Marquette a few days ago. The trail wasn't muddy and it was pretty well kept. There were a lot of bikes!!! I was ok with it.. not sure if others would be or not. The trail went in and out of the woods and would go out to clearings. I probably wouldn't do it again because there was no spectacular views for the drive for me... if I was in the area I would make the stop.

mountain biking
muddy
2 days ago

Absolutely love love love this trail! It’s my getaway and happy place.

Good trail. Spent lots of time back tracking to find geocaches

hiking
muddy
scramble
2 days ago

walking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail and great views of the river!

Great trail, some shade, some sun, perfect for a stroll, jog, or a run. Watch out for the bikers it’s like they’ve all forgotten to say “on your left”. There were quite a bit of bugs I’m guessing because of all the rain. Definitely worth a try!

Most of the trail signs are worn out from the rain, so you’ll need your maps to figure out where you are. Very Fun!

Beautiful trail, but can definitely get muddy! We were able to walk around the worst bits no problem. A couple beautiful views of the Missouri River.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

Good walk and saw lots of different critters. It was mainly gravel and lots of sun light on certain aspects of the trail.

nature trips
3 days ago

Great Trails! Perfect mix of prairie and forest. We completed both the 1.5 mile cattle trail and 4 mile Jack's loop. Just make sure its it hasnt rained recently, these trails can get extremely muddy!

Pretty nice walk with a bunch of pretty creek crossings. Trail very busy these days, but most are.

I really liked the Matson hill trail portion of the hike. The streams were wonderful. The Oxen trail I could have done without.. the Ticks were AWFUL. My dog was covered with them. Also limited parking at the trailhead.

hiking
3 days ago

Loved the trail! Lots of variety! Glad I wore my hiking boots! Be aware part of jacks loop was over grown at the end. Still a great adventure. :)

hiking
3 days ago

Not marked well at all. I think we missed a big portion of trail as there were a few paths with no arrows marking which way. But a nice hike and several good views.

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