Explore the most popular River 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.

hiking
15 hours ago

A strange combination of paved path and wooded loops, but I enjoyed it. Not amazing, but so close to home that I can't really complain.

hiking
15 hours ago

Not only boring, but had recently flooded so it was also an eyesore. Kind of a shame - might check it out again if it ever gets fixed up. Go the other direction, up the hill, and explore some of the wooded loops instead.

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

The trail was extremely muddy today . The suck your shoes off type of mud. Otherwise very nice day.

Great trail-kid friendly. We were the only ones on the trail and enjoyed walking along the creek and river, then exploring the bath houses and grand staircase (make sure to go to the top for a view). Needs a bit of cleanup for trash closer down to the waterline.

on Grotpeter Trail

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

hiking
muddy
7 days ago

Incredibly muddy

the lack of dogs is disappointing. nice elevation gains for such a short tail.

hiking
muddy
snow
15 days ago

Nice easy trail with some interesting ruins and views.

Easy, semi-paved. There’s a fair amount of people since it’s in a metropolitan area.

hiking
21 days ago

Today was a super nice day! The trails had a decent amount of people including kids and animals, but that was okay with me.

hiking
muddy
28 days ago

I took my dog with me who was very startled by sounds that I believe may have been gun shots- I’m assuming there’s a range nearby. This may not be a good fit for dogs with anxiety. Scenic and challenging! But currently very muddy

icy
muddy
28 days ago

We did a great morning hike with the dogs today. The trail was rather icy, but we survived, and we will definitely do it again. Beware of cardiac hill. It is definitely a heart pumper.

running
1 month ago

Beautiful trail ! A little wet but doable with appropriate shoes.

not a bad trail. some muddy parts. some hills. but it is paved.

there are 2 trails at Cliff Cave, I think this is the newer one? which isn't flooded. it is a great trail. there are hills, but it is paved and when I ran it in December 2019 I saw maybe 10-12 deer so close!! it is a new, beautiful trail. there is an overlook of the river you can stop at over the bluffs. one of my favorite trails!!

when not flooded this is a great flat, looped paved, mostly shady trail. boring views. went in December 2019 and still closed though.

flat, mostly shaded. paved but forks off into unpaved if you want. quiet. nice views of the river.

muddy
1 month ago

Still pretty muddy, but a favorite trail of mine.

trails were paved but slanted for quite a bit of the walk. not secluded at this time of year, you can see houses and hear highway noise. strenuous path that we enjoyed, just prefer to get away from civilization a little more.

A herd of deer, gaggles of geese, 3 eagles, 2 hornet nests, & 1 train.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Well you know, the average for such a beautiful day, over packed with people but hey it's 57 degrees on New Year's Day! A little muddy here and there but nothing terrible whatsoever. Ended up completing the Lone Wolf after finishing this one. Grotpeter is a perfect Trail for any hiker but definitely more on the easy, outside of one good-sized hill. Only slightly rocky, you could easily hike this in regular old sneaks if you wanted to. Combine Grotpeter and Lone Wolf to put the hike closer to 6 miles and over 500 feet of elevation gain. HH

Great surprise of a trail. I saw lots of families hiking, even one with a stroller! It is paved, but steep in some areas. A small water crossing about halfway through, not anything to worry about. The park seems to be well kept, lots of signage. There is even a 1/3mi trail with a story book posted talking about acorns to keep your littles entertained. The Mens restroom was closed at the trailhead, although it’s located pretty close to the ranger station.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Nice flat trail along the Meramec river

mountain biking
muddy
1 month ago

I love this trail. So much to see, trains, tugs, barges, herds of deer, groundhogs and today a beautiful Bald Eagle. Blue Herons and so many SeaGulls. Clean restrooms at the JB and cleaner ones at River City Casino. I always pop into the Casino for a free soda or coffee. What’s not to like?

Well maintained paved path. We saw an eagle on our first trip out.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

My son and I had a nice hike this morning. The trail is very muddy with all of the melting snow, but very enjoyable!

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