Looking for a great trail near Sullivan, Missouri? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park or Klondike Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Sullivan County Park or Wyman Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Sullivan ranging from 1.3 to 2.5 miles and from 587 to 866 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

dogs on leash

forest

hiking

walking

bird watching

nature trips

kid friendly

wild flowers

cave

wildlife

Sullivan, Missouri Map
VIEW FULL MAP

Walked the green loop then merged into the red loop. These loops are roads I could drive my car on thru the woods with very little interesting to see. Partly because its winter, partly because there was a recent prescribed burn/TSI, but mostly because there is no scenic view and very little change in geology. Although.....a disappointed blah walk in the woods is better than sitting at home! Lots of horse riding sign but saw no one on the trail.

This trail needs some maintenance. There are 20-25 fallen trees that are down on the trail. For someone day hiking this is not an issue but there are camping sites along it which requires more gear and larger packs.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a terrible trail. It is not marked at all so you end up walking on game trails half the time. The trail has not been cleared for years and has thorns everywhere and a ton of fallen trees blocking the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Although short it is pretty taxing as you climb back up the hill from the river. The trailhead is in the park store/restuarant parking lot. Goes to an old rock gazebo overlooking the river. Drops down to the river where there is another old pavillion and then back up to the top of the hill. Quite a workout.

Trailhead is in the visitor center parking lot. If you go right at the fork you will start by following a small creek, climb which was full of birds and deer sign. Saw several small caves and small bluffs. Nice trail, easy hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Only thing that would make this trail better is if it was longer. Starts very steep by the Fisher cave bldg going up and along the top of the bluffs. Ends by following the bluffs at the bottom, with even a cave you can go into by climbing the staircase half way up the cliff.

wide diversity of flora + types of terrain. wouldn’t say it was a hard or difficult hike - perhaps moderate largely due a lot of vegetation or fallen trees coupled with narrow pathways at times. fairly quiet + unpeopled.

hiking
4 months ago

Very good short trail with a good mix of hills and winding paths.

hiking
5 months ago

Short trail with interesting features.

hiking
6 months ago

We only did the Hamilton iron works trail which was only .2 miles. Nice short trail with cool structures but came out with hundreds of tiny ticks.

hiking
6 months ago

This forested loop trail is a stop on the Great Missouri Birding Trail. The trail initially runs along a small stream and eventually by three caves. The caves are closed due to White Nose Syndrome. The trail also passes by a small glade. Even though the caves were closed, it was nice to stand in front of the entrance to each cave and feel the cool air on a hot day.

hiking
6 months ago

A very short out and back walk to a cave that has been closed due to White Nose Syndrome. The trailhead is a little hard to find. From the parking area walk up the hill toward the brown cabins. The trail starts at the tree line half way up to the cabins.

hiking
6 months ago

The trailhead sign shows the trail as a 1.25 mile point to point trail but it will most likely be used as a 2.5 mile out and back trail. The trail ascends through forest until it reaches the highway where you turn around and descend back to the trailhead. There were several mushrooms along the trail that were beautiful. We did spook a white tail deer so the trail is aptly named.

hiking
6 months ago

Short but fun trail. The trail is steep and rocky in parts and passes mostly through forest, although there is one overlook of the valley below. The bluffs and Indian Cave are interesting. The cave is one of the few in the park you can still walk back into.

hiking
6 months ago

Very overgrown with lots of trees across the trail. Only 1 tick despite the underbrush. Some truly beautiful areas. Came across only one other family.

trail running
7 months ago

Definitely run this trail in the winter up to early spring or be sure to wear pants. The majority of the trail is narrow and has foliage growing over the path. I wore my very short running shorts and a tank top and ended up with some pretty raw legs. I had 8 or more ticks from the hour and half it took to run it but that was to be expected. If give it a 5 star rating for hikers and 4 for runners.

Great trail, marked well for novice.
Good variation in terrain, several areas with natural wildflowers. Could vary depending on time of year. Took trail in May and areas that had undergrowth burned and new growth coming up were cool. Several runoff crossings, so pay attention to weather.

Very well groomed trail. I would rate this as a moderate trail. This trail would only considered Hard if you were trying to ride a scooter on it. I agree with the other commentary, go early spring to get some nice views of the Meramec River.

My husband and I completed this 10 mile trail in a day. Absolutely beautiful! Only ran into one other couple. Lots of fallen trees to climb over and ones to duck in the trail, but it was worth it.

backpacking
10 months ago

Hiked here on the hottest day of the year in July 2016. It felt really good in the wilderness. It was 10 miles total. Tons of ticks! I had 5 on me within the 24 hours...1 held on for 3 days. only 1 place for water but I was not brave enough to drink it and test out my purification tablets. camped at campsite 7 and all night there were tons of some kind of very large nuts/seeds dropping on our tent and I got no sleep. Beautiful trail. I consider myself a beginner to intermediate hiker but this was my first overnight backpacking trip and it was amazing!

hiking
10 months ago

Ok trail. Kids liked as it was easy. cave was closed.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun trail with the kids. They loved the little cave up the hill and played there for a while.

hiking
11 months ago

The trail is fine no spectacular views but quite and place to enjoy the woods. Has a few hills so gives you a little bit of a leg workout but all in all not difficult. Trail is well marked.

hiking
Sunday, February 04, 2018

Great trail! Diverse terrain and well marked.

hiking
Saturday, January 27, 2018

trail is not marked at all. we took the wrong way. Don't go up the huge hill multiple splits in the trail. we ended up walking into a multi million dollar home out in the middle of nowhere. Ended up walking the road back and started over finally found the 1st cave which is across the creek. never made it to the end cause ran out of daylight

hiking
Monday, January 22, 2018

one of my favorite hikes.very remote part of the park. not a difficult hike but not for hikers who don't enjoy getting creative with their paths. no trailblazes and often very little trail. i would recommendnot going on the summer time due to overgrowth and ticks. finding your way through this bushwack is well worth the effort to arrive at the magnificent greens cave.

hiking
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Completed the full trail in early December. The scenery was great, but the two issues I have with this area is the poor signage and the number of people who bring their dogs that aren't on leashes. Every time I bring my dog hiking, she's on a leash. During our most recent trip to this trail we encountered two groups of people who didn't have their dogs on a leash, one of which tried to attack my dog. If you're considering doing this trail, be prepared to deal with careless dog owners and minimal signage marking the trail.

hiking
Sunday, December 03, 2017

The distance of the full loop including the approach is 10 miles.

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Was a little tricky to find. We were all excited to go in the cave, But got there and the cave was closed.
The cave was closed due to the the White nose fungus.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

great trail for horseback riding maybe not so much summer hiking. ticks are abundant and the trail is extremely overgrown in places.

Load More