Best lake trails in St. Louis, Missouri

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Explore the most popular lake trails near St. Louis with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of lake trails in St. Louis, Missouri
Top trails (11)
#1 - White Buffalo Trail Loop
Lone Elk Park
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
Trail has lots of twisting and climbing with frequent elk and buffalo sightings. Domestic animals are not allowed within the park, even if confined in a vehicle.Show more
#2 - Chubb Trail via Lone Elk Trailhead
Lone Elk Park
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 5 h 52 m
Chubb Trail is a 6.5 mil, multi-use (equestrian, biking and hiking), out and back trail that starts at Lone Elk County Park, goes through Castlewood State Park and ends at West Tyson County Park on the south side of the Meramec River. The trail is hilly at each end, especially on the West Tyson side. Through the middle, the trail passes through flat, forested bottomland and a couple of restored prairie fields.Show more
#3 - Saint Louis Tower Grove Park Tour
Tower Grove Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
A nice easy walk through a beautiful park with a slight incline and many connecting paths for alternate route options. Accessibility: There is not a parking lot at the start of this route but there is street parking in this park. The trail surface is paved, typically at least six feet wide, and has an estimated grade of 5% or less so is mostly gentle for wheelchair and stroller users.Show more
#4 - Forest Park Wheels Path
Forest Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
This popular trail has both paved and gravel options (the "Heels Path") and goes by attractions such as Jefferson Lake, McDonnell Planetarium, Missouri History Museum, Forest Park Golf Course, and the St. Louis Zoo. The park is very easy to navigate. There are 30 miles of trails that run through the park, and this loop only represents the perimeter. There are bike racks at all the different places that you can stop and visit. You can pick up a detailed map from the visitors center which is very helpful; however, they do have basic maps placed along the trails throughout the park. Exploring the park by bike is definitely a great way to see the park. It allows you to cover the vast area in the most efficient way. Accessibility: The main trail surface is paved asphalt and typically at least five feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (all 5% or less) so most wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users will likely find this trail navigable.Show more
#5 - Mallard Lake Loop via Creve Coeur Lake Trail
Creve Coeur County Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
#6 - Heels Path and Prairie Boardwalk
Forest Park
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 25 m
#7 - Spanish Lake Trail
St. Louis, Missouri
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 54 m
#8 - Lafayette Park Loop
Lafayette Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
A wonderful city park with ponds and bridges. Enjoy! Accessibility: This asphalt and gravel trail is estimated to typically be at least 6 feet wide. The slope is estimated to be moderately steep and range from -7% (downhill) to 8% (uphill) grade when heading counterclockwise from the trailhead. There may not be any ADA-designated car parking at the trailhead. Street parking is available.Show more
#9 - Carondelet Loop
Carondelet Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 50 m
A paved loop around the Carondelet Park starting at the rec center. Accessibility: There are at least 10 designated handicapped-accessible spaces in the large paved parking lot off of Holly Hills Drive at the east end of the trail. All of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. The trail surface is asphalt or cement, and typically at least 4 feet wide. There is a painted dividing line along most of the trail which reduces the width. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less) except for moderately steep and steep (5-12%) uphill and downhill sections at about 0.0 through 0.1, 0.9, 1.4, and 1.9 through 2.0 miles when going clockwise. Wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users may need assistance in the steeper sections or to avoid them for safety. There are benches and picnic tables along the route for resting.Show more
#10 - Ramona Lake Loop
Louvenia Mathison Community Lake Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 12 m
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