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Very nice hike with my 15 and 11 year old kiddos. Took the trail to the grotto and cave, very unique and certainly worth a couple of hours.

Good trail with a couple of places where you get a nice view of the river.

backpacking
1 day ago

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

Easy trail. Only saw two people on a weekday morning. Very well marked. Easy parking.

this trail offers a beautiful scenic atmosphere while challenging your endurance a little bit. my 2 and 7 year old loved it

good scenic trail for the whole family

Fun hike in the hot weather. But tougher than I remember. But still a good one

Great view and easy to trails

hiking
3 days ago

fast pace trail very cool temps throughout the hike due to the woods

mountain biking
3 days ago

Nice fun trail full of flow but badly marked to find your way around or out.

The loop trail and out and back trail to the cave total 5.3 miles. The loop trail mostly goes through forest but there are a couple of glades and some nice bluff views of the valley around the Current River.

Cave Spring is the highlight of the trail. Toward the bottom of the trail leading to the cave there are about 100 yards of stinging nettles that you will have to wade through before coming to the cave. You can then walk on a path back into the cave a little ways or stand in the Current River and enjoy the view of the cave and watch Northern Rough-winged Swallows flying about. The trail back to the trailhead follows for quite a ways what looks like an old logging road.

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.

hiking
4 days ago

There are actually two trails here. One is an easy and wide chat trail out and back to the mill. It is 1/4 mile in length and starts at a kiosk in the parking lot next to the cemetery. Half way to the mill on this trail the trailhead for Mill View Trail may be found off the left side of the trail and at the north end of the lake.

Mill View Trail is a 1.5 mile loop trail that crosses the creek (you will get your feet wet) and ascends to an overlook of the dam and picturesque mill. After that the trail continues ascending up to a bluff overlook of Huzzah Creek before entering forest. There are several tall pines along the trail. In addition to the nice views, highlights of this trail were at least a dozen different species of mushroom and a baby Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher on the ground just off the trail.

easy family walk

Fun, short hike

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

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful scenery, well maintained. Would recommend coming to the falls after a good rain storm.

hiking
4 days ago

Majestic elevation, not for the weary of heart.

hiking
5 days ago

Enjoyable, well used trail that is nicely blazed. The left portion of the loop will take you directly to bluffs overlooking the Meramec River. There are several short side trails from there that give different views of the river along the bluff. The remainder of the trail passes mostly through forest although there are several wet weather streams to cross as well as a couple of glades. The entrance to the Cathedral Cave is toward the beginning of the right portion of the loop but was locked when I passed by.

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

just got back! love this hike although it was a lot different with little water running.

hiking
7 days ago

The waterfall pictured in this listing is on the Old Kate Trail (at the same location), _not_ the Whitetail 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

The spring is beautiful! Worth the hike down and then back up again!

backpacking
7 days ago

Beware of ticks, they were falling from the trees on us at the campsite. The trail from creek to the campground is very overgrown but manageable. Enjoyed my time on Lower Rock Creek as always! This is an unofficial trail that is not maintained, be prepared for less than ideal conditions.

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

Great trail for the whole family. Very easy bike ride

road biking
8 days ago

Absolutely awesome and beautiful trail! We started at the trailhead off of Lee's Summit Rd. and went up to about 23rd St.. Most of trail is wooded and very beautiful, even the sections around the business areas were immaculately manicured and were concrete which was really nice. Also loved that the trail never crossed any roads and was really smooth the entire way and really enjoyable. Loved the emergency call stations placed throughout the trail also. Cool that there are sidewalks which branch off to eating and shopping areas also. Very awesome ride!

hiking
9 days ago

There is a lot to like about this trail...elevation, distance, scenery...But I was a little disappointed in the fire tower providing zero view and having to cross the highway twice. Enjoyed the finish along the river.

Easy. Pretty. Not many views. Quick trail.

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