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

hiking
3 days ago

The trailhead sign shows the trail as a 1.25 mile point to point trail but it will most likely be used as a 2.5 mile out and back trail. The trail ascends through forest until it reaches the highway where you turn around and descend back to the trailhead. There were several mushrooms along the trail that were beautiful. We did spook a white tail deer so the trail is aptly named.

Fun trail to run. A couple of those hills are just plain evil which is always a plus. The trail is marked pretty well and was maintained for the most part. There was a small overgrown section and a downed tree on the path. I'll definitely come back to this one again.

We hike this all the time, by the way a lot of people walk their dogs here including us and there are no signs that prohibit it.

Awesome trek. Deer, turkey, elk and mostly wooded.

If you’re debating whether to start at Lone Elk or at West Tyson, West Tyson has water (and Lone Elk did not), which allowed me to refill at the halfway point which was very nice in the middle of summer. Trail was nice. Long steep sections which I preferred more than the constant undulation I get with Lewis. I did get off the trail once or twice but easily backtracked once I realized something was off.

Good hike. I thought I would mention in this app to stay at least 100 ft from the elk. There were several on the trail. People have been gored by the elk, granted one group was trying to take a selfie with the elk so some are related to clueless hikers. Be extra careful during mating season which is mid-August through December when the elk are particularly aggressive.

Very nice walk through the Elk’s habitat. The trail is a nice gravel and dirt path, shaded, and well marked. We were able to observe many elk grazing and laying around along with many varieties of birds.
You are also able to see the bison but only from your car as they are in a different part of the park.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail, also used by bikers so be aware. Beautiful scenery I would say a moderate trail with some steep parts but also flat along river and fields. Done this trail many times , prefer late fall or winter

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

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.

Good trail with a couple of good inclines. We drove through the whole park first and saw some Bison and Elk. Saw one doe on the trail though we went at Mid-Day.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very nice trail through Lone Elk Park. It offers a lot of hills and animal sightings. We go a couple times a year.

It was beautiful ☺️
Definitely come back again

Really enjoyable trail! Interesting terrain, elk wandering about, decent elevation shifts (not extreme, but not trivial). The elk were cooling themselves in the lake on the unseasonably warm day we visited.

Two items to note: there were a lot of logs intersecting the trail.nothing insurmountable, but just a heads up. Also, the bathrooms don’t have soap.

horseback riding
3 months ago

Good easy trail for beginners! Mostly widetrack and easy to follow. Closed to horseback riding during deer and turkey seasons . Some water crossings and muddy patches.

Has everything

Saw lots of elk! This hike was challenging with some steep grades but leveled off soon enough that it wasn't too tough.

Actually White Bison Trail. And you won't see any bison on it. They are in a no foot zone.
Overall worthwhile for deer, birds, and Elk.
Up and down narrow not paved.

had good experience.
its good for walk as as for bicyclers

2nd time on this trail. We LOVE it. It will be a repeated trail going forward. This time we got to see elk and deer! Keep your eyes open as they blend in well and many of the elk were laying right next to the trail. Respect their environment and space.

Great hike. Well marked.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail is fine no spectacular views but quite and place to enjoy the woods. Has a few hills so gives you a little bit of a leg workout but all in all not difficult. Trail is well marked.

Wide trail in most places. Bring my a map as there are some intersections with roads and trails that might be confusing. Good elevation and nice ridge top views.

Lots of WW2 ruins, good vistas. Surprised I have not repeated it. Will soon.

hiking
6 months ago

I’m not sure how the trail is at other times, but on a warm day in late January it was miserably muddy. For the small part that follows the river there were some bluffs to look at, but overall it was too flat and unremarkable for my taste. Maybe it would be better in summer... after a dry spell.

Saw elk, bison, deer, ducks and nice people. Can’t beat that.

Pretty easy as the trail is mostly flat - it follows the railroad for awhile then heads next to the Meramec river

LOVED this trail and will do time and again. It was a well balanced hike with the moderate climbs sprinkled throughout the three miles. We spotted at least ten deer as well as many tracks of deer and elk. The three miles were marked clearly every mile which was helpful and appreciated. FYI...no dogs allowed on this trail due to the animal activity in the park.

hiking
7 months ago

Saw elk on the hiking trail. Also drove thru the bison area and saw bison resting about 50 yds off the road.

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