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

well maintained walking path. asphalt.

What a gem of a trail! The nature center is a must stop before heading out on the trail and has several interesting exhibits on the Missouri outdoors. The trail is a stop on the Great Missouri Birding Trail and didn’t disappoint as the trail passes through several habitats each abundant with different bird species. The highlight of the several bird species spotted was a Mississippi Kite. The trail is well maintained and marked. A beautiful Broadhead Skink with a bright orange-reddish head sat next to the trail and allowed us to view him for several minutes. I will definitely do this trail again.

I have hiked this trail my entire life and it only gets more beautiful! It’s quite the workout too! If you aren’t used to it, you will be sore the next day!

8 days ago

This trail was a nice hike with our teenagers. great views once you reach the top of the bluff. well marked and fun to hike!!

We took our 5 kids here today. We had a blast. They have a little packet for kids to find things as you hike. They have so much on the side of educational. We did the long trail which is about an hour the trail is well maintained and also guides came through as we walked and handed out stickers to the kids. They have places to stop and look in the water and play. We will for sure be going back. We loved it.

Great loop around; easy trail and a little lake..

15 days ago

Easy walk from the parking lot to some old rock steps leading to the cave entrance. The cave was closed when we were there but you can still stand in the mouth of the cave.

Fun hike. Found a couple of morels along the trail. A black and white warbler and red-eyed vireo posed for us. The overlook at the top of the hill overlooking the mill and valley was beautiful.

16 days ago

The old mill is a highlight of this short hike. It sets next to a spring that averages 81 million gallons a day. The bridge over the creek has long since washed away so it’s an out and back trail now.

This is a nice, short but scenic trail that is perfect if you are looking for a quick walk. We saw deer and ducks during our walk There wasn't too much traffic on the trail. Trail was easy to follow. Would definitely come back.

Love this trail so beautiful everyone is so nice
Only negative is it gets very crowded

18 days ago

Nice path here, one thing I really like about this park is how nature and manmade structures work together. The overpass of Page Avenue is actually pretty stunning and doesn't detract from the natural beauty of Creve Coeur Lake. There are offshoots of this path where you can get away from the constant hustle & bustle. Trail courtesy doesn't really exist here as you get too many new people on the trail that don't understand walk-right / pass-left. It's not my favorite spot due to the insane amount of traffic, but if I'm looking to get outdoors and want to stay close to home it's a viable option. Bootlegger's Run nearby is a much better choice in my opinion.

19 days ago

Really liked this trail. Lots to see on this spring day. Forgot to record.

The trail is beautiful and well maintained. Not too crowded (Sunday afternoon on sunny 66 degree day). Hilly, rocky, and certain parts require you to cross the stream to continue the trail (not a lot of rocks/shallow points so expect to get your feet wet!), making it an active walk.

Pretty good trail just for fun. Nothing too difficult!

Beautiful area with some interesting geology

trail running
1 month ago

Found this place by accident. Became a favorite when I lived near by.

Short little jaunt around the nature center grounds with a view of Lake Springfield. There are convenient on-site bathrooms, plenty of parking, and the nature center itself for those interested. This place is a hidden treasure at the south end of Springfield.

Really beautiful spot. The road is difficult to drive so be careful. Has bathrooms at trail head. Trail flat and easy. Spring is pretty.

What a great area to hike. We found many of the trail areas to be maintained well. They are not overgrown like most of Missouri trails. We enjoyed the river area especially. Too bad you can't backpack. Contrary to what this page says, you can't. I talked to the area manager and read the regulations online. Camping is only allowed in a 2 spots and both are very busy areas.


Great chilly afternoon hike. Snow accumulation this morning but dry and sunny this afternoon.

1 month ago

nice little trail with plenty to see

Very pretty area

Perfect for walks and bike rides! Not any big hills for biking. The trail is awesome by the lake. There is also more of a forest feel in some parts than others. There are geocaches in the area and if you time the light just right, Longview is a great place to take pictures!

trail running
1 month ago

Great short trail run loop. Definitely some rocky parts, but the trail is really beautiful with moderate elevation changes, creek crossings, and gorgeous views of the park. I met only one couple hiking on the trail, around sunset time. Can’t wait to run it again!

Nice walk with the family... Keep an eye out for turkeys, and deer...

2 months ago

Excellent hike. It would be good to note this trailhead is directly behind the showerhouse that you will find if you pass the State Park visitor center and take the very next right turn, through the camping area. Start the loop to the right and you’ll be blown away by the views at the end. There are also awesome side trials to take to get great views of the river.

This was a great trail for my dog and I! You will have to cross the creek multiple times so wear a good pair of waterproof hiking shoes. This is a clearly marked trail so you shouldn’t have to worry about getting lost. The trail can get rather rocky in some places and there are also areas with a lot of roots across the trail so take some time in those areas.

Great walking path. do wish that there are Trail markers so you know how far you've gone.

2 months ago

I started at the trail to the dam, ended up at a fork to where you could go see the dam or take the turkey creek trail. I went towards the dam and then went down turkey creek a little ways but couldn’t find where you cross the river so I turned around. It is a little rugged but my dog and I made it just fine. I would like to go back and try and find out where the crossing is.

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