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.

trail running
4 days ago

Great trail for hiking or trail running. Stay on the rim like in the map for inclines and declines. Definitely nice views and good location

Great honking workout. The only reason I didn’t give it a 5 is due to the traffic noise. Definitely a great “in the woods” feel if it weren’t for the traffic noise. We were pleasantly surprised by the workout we got by following the unpaved path. Will definitely be coming here more often.

Cool trail with lots of historic sights

hiking
17 days ago

Very pretty trail! Fort ruins were pretty!!

trail running
1 month ago

I appreciate how nearby this trail is.
Considering how many walk here, it is appropriate that a good portion is paved. For trail running, excellent. Challenging up grades and down, and short enough that a brief, intense workout is possible. Also, no bikes! Always see deer, and view of Meramec is nice, though view on other side is purely industrial.

Good birding here, mostly flat and well-kept!

Very pretty...just a little snow on the grow and lots of beautiful leaves

Lovely gravel trail around the youth facility. When passing the school building bear left immediately and go through the stone gates. Climb the 118 steps to get your floors.

nature trips
2 months ago

Nice little place to go for something more local

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to find, quick and not too far away. My boyfriend and I took our dogs here and we had a great time. Not as great of overlook views as Castlewood but the trees are magnificent, especially during fall.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike today with plenty of fall colors on the trail, especially maple yellows and a nice view of the Meramec! The trail has plenty of elevation change and is great for little ones to burn off some extra energy.

I really like the trail, the history, and the grand staircase! Just make sure to follow the map on here because it was really easy to get confused.

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
3 months 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!)

nature trips
3 months ago

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

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

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!

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.

5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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

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

Arch and homeless. That's all I have to say. If you want drugs, take this trail. Also, there is a big curved Arch.

on Bluff Creek Trail

walking
6 months ago

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

walking
7 months ago

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

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

really pretty! loved it

Quick hike on a humid spring day. Lots of shade and greenery. A little much for my small dog but we made it through

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