Explore the most popular hiking 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.

A gorgeous park!

The only sign was something like "trail parking." The rest was a guessing game. Somehow we ended up on the main road but if we had extra time, we would have explored more. Signs, however, definitely would have helped. Still plan to go back to try to find the rest of the trail (where the historic site and steps are).

hiking
10 days ago

Very convenient location and it does give ya a good elevation hike for a short distance trail. One negative is the interstate noise. Otherwise it’s a nice green zone full of trees and a variety of ozark highlands and river bottoms. I hope they connect the park with others up and downstream. This place can’t match Castlewood, but it has a nice vibe considering you are in the shadow of I-270 and I-44. It’s also right next door to the last Lemp mansion (private property unfortunately!)

This is the best trail in the state. I have hundreds of miles here running, cycling, walking etc. plus they have restrooms near. Love Forest Park Forever!

Fairly easy historical walk. Great scenery. Heavy infestations of Copperheads. Really need to watch where you step.

Tower Grove Park is one of the nicest parks in St. Louis. When the hiking trails are questionable because of rains or snow, we will do the three mile walk around the park and finish off with a picnic. That make a great day!

Hike from visitor center to boat dock is very flat and not scenic. But I love anything outside.

Nice trail.. NOT USER FRIENDLY... SIGN NOT VERY CLEAR... Will definitely do it again when I have more time.... I seen the Forts and Steps.. I DIDN'T do the steps this time BUT NEXT TIME THE STEPS IS A MUST !!!!! #Fun and Fitness with Miss B @stlhappyhourfitness

road biking
1 month ago

Very safe during the day. Family friendly. Love forest park!

Was a beautiful trail. If your new to the area this is a great trail to get out to; cold water creek is really nice and feeds to the Missouri River from right there. Have fun!

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of the most scenic urban park that I've ever seen. The grand basin area in particular is amazing which overlook the art museum. The attractions in this park, the art museum and zoo are a must see destination if you're in St Louis. I find the history museum a bit of a bore though.

Pretty easy trail for the loop that goes up to the glades. Can get through it in about 25 minutes if you have a moderate pace.

a mini favorite ..great for a quick brisk mostly shady walk when you have only a little time

Very beautiful and shaded. There were a lot of dirt trails that went all over the place and were hard to follow. The main path was paved.

This park is great for easy bike riding ! Beautiful and interesting! There’s even soft drink vending and rest rooms

artsy :)

Very easy, short walk. Would not consider this a “hike.” Plenty of places to sit or stop to take in the art. Currently only accessible from 270. Be sure to check out the abandoned swimming pool from the 1920s.

Easy trail for small children. Playgrounds and Restrooms are available. Good for kids and pets.

Beautifully built trail along historic Forest Park. Give yourself plenty of time to explore. The Jewel Box is at the end of the park, and further along you hit the Zoo. Great trail, easy for children and pets. It gets congested early, and be warned there will be a LOT of people. Its not a wilderness hiking trail; it's the main path through Forest Park. However, it's terrific for jogging, biking, and running/walking. You can meander off the path and find little spots for peace and relaxation. All the museums are free, Art and History plus Science Center. This path will lead you to each however it does not lead to the Arch. You have to take a different trail to that but all the Museums can be accessed by this trail.

3 months ago

I love this trail to run on. It’s quiet, not crazy busy and it’s pretty throughout most of the year!

on Bluff Creek Trail

walking
3 months ago

Cool trail, lots of different paths. Shaded the entire way.

walking
3 months ago

A great trail for walking, biking, etc. there are so many ways you can allow yourself to “get lost” wandering through the park. Or, choose to stay on the main path. Easy to follow. Water bottle refilling stations are along the trail. It is most congested along the north side of the park/trail.

This park is beautiful and the walkways can lead you in many directions. The park is very large and there are lots of books to explore. The area is well landscaped. At some points you almost forget you are even in St. Louis. Almost. Litter is pretty well under control. There are a lot of great buildings from the Worlds Fair. Great place to walk with kids because there are two playgrounds and a water feature if you want to take a break!

walking
4 months ago

I really love the walking trails in this park. You can hit the pave trail or the gravel trail. I like that you can really get a nice work out (walking). There are a lot of hills through out the park that makes your work out a little different than just walking a flat trail. Depending on the time that you go (or if there is an event in the park) it can get a little congested. I like going early in the morning. But whenever you go, you will enjoy yourself.

walking
4 months ago

Easy and fun! Lots to look at and interact with. Has a nice paved trail but also more of a woodsy trail all with fun sculptures. Very cool.

walking
4 months ago

Easy walking path. Not much to look at when you’re not by the river. Would be a nice bike path.

it's one of my favorite places to walk in the city! I wouldn't exactly call it a hiking trail, though, as it's more ideal for walkers and runners.

Easy trail, loved the ruins of the fort. Very pretty area, interesting history.

really pretty! loved it

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