Explore the most popular hiking 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.

A beautiful area and easy to connect to the other trails nearby if you’re wanting to go longer. Usually well manicured, but the trails in the conservation area nearby are multi-use and have a lot of horse poop on them

This trail was a bear to tackle, but so much fun! It’s challenging because of its distance and elevation gain a little over half way through, yet 70% of it is flat with beautiful wildlife and scenery. I started in lone elk park and went to the west tyson trailhead. Then decided to hop on the flint quarry trail which eventually took me back to the chubb trail where I could head back to my car. This way ended up totaling 13 miles. Bring lots of water and snacks!

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2 months ago

Lovely hike for a mid-summer hike! The trail was balanced with both hills and flat areas. The trail is gravel/dirt and narrow with overgrown brush in areas. Most of the trail is shaded. We saw countless elk, deer, and turkey along the trail. At times we had to take an alternate route to avoid disturbing the wildlife on the trail. We inspected ourselves after the hike and found we were covered in hundreds of seed ticks on us despite DEET insect repellent. We drove through the bison area but didn’t have any sightings. We will return again soon!

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.

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3 months 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

hiking
3 months ago

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

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.

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4 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.

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.

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

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8 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.

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10 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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10 months ago

To get to the trail as shown, do not follow the Chubb for 1.5 miles and cross over the train tracks. Instead, after descending the hill (about 0.5 miles in) look for an unmarked trail on the right that leads to a tunnel that goes under the train tracks. Going through the tunnel requires a hiker to duck to make it through since the ceiling is rather low. A flashlight would definitely help as it is rather dark in there. After exiting the tunnel, there is a trail that leads to the Castlewood Loop.

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