Best river trails in St. Louis, Missouri

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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.
Map of river trails in St. Louis, Missouri
Top trails (18)
#1 - Fort Bellefontaine Loop Trail
Fort Bellefontaine County Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
#2 - Spring Valley Trail
Cliff Cave County Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
#3 - Cliff Cave County Park Loop
Cliff Cave County Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
Users have reported that this route is not well-marked so you will want to bring the app or downloaded map. This route is shared by cyclists and hikers and has good views of the river, home to lots of deer.Show more
#4 - 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
#5 - Bee Tree Lake Loop
Bee Tree County Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
#6 - Mississippi River Greenway
Jefferson Barracks Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
The Mississippi River Greenway at Jefferson Barracks Park is a popular, fairly flat out and back trail along the Mississippi River. It is mainly asphalt but also includes brick pavement and concrete bridges at the start. This popular trail is shared by young and old walking, jogging, running, biking, strollers, and wheelchairs. It starts at the north end of Jefferson Barracks County Park and travels behind Notre Dame High School and River City Casino before ending at River des Peres. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least six feet wide. The grade is mostly gentle (all estimated under 5% except for the first 0.1 miles).Show more
#7 - 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
#8 - Cliff Cave Loops
Cliff Cave Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
Note: The caves are not accessible to the public.Show more
#9 - Mississippi Greenway Trail
Cliff Cave Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
Note: Sections of this trail are subject to flooding from time to time. For current conditions, check the Great Rivers Greenway web page for this trail at https://greatriversgreenway.org/greenway/mississippi-greenway-cliff-cave-park/Show more
#10 - St. Louis Riverfront Trail
St. Louis, Missouri
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Length: 21.4 mi • Est. 8 h 51 m
Trail gate locks and closes at 6pm. Great riverfront and downtown skyline view, especially when starting and the north end, and heading south to the Gateway Arch! Accessibility: This asphalt trail is estimated to typically be at least 10 feet wide. There is a center dividing line for passing and opposite direction travelers. There may be loose gravel at some road and rail crossings. The slope is estimated to flat everything from flat to steep sections. Overall, the slope ranges from -12% (downhill) to 12% (uphill) grade. The steepest downhill sections are located at about the 1.4, 2.2 and 10.0 mile mark when heading north. It is unclear if there are any ADA-designated handicapped accessible car parking spots with access aisles at the trailhead lot. There are 3 handicapped accessible car parking spots at the trailhead lot at about the 8.0 mile mark-marked here with a waypoint.Show more
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