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Loved it! Kid friendly. Relatively flat, so not too difficult for my littles and plenty to entertain everyone. We especially liked the playground area.

This was a great trail for my dog and I! You will have to cross the creek multiple times so wear a good pair of waterproof hiking shoes. This is a clearly marked trail so you shouldn’t have to worry about getting lost. The trail can get rather rocky in some places and there are also areas with a lot of roots across the trail so take some time in those areas.

Nice easy trail. There are picnic tables and a hitching post. Some fallen trees to navigate around, but overall an easy hike.

Enjoyable hike, several trails to choose from.

trail running
3 days ago

I ran this for the first time. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Difficult hills and rocks added to the beauty. The water crossing were not. A problem either. When you start running it’ll take just a minute to warm up. All the negative reviews are for people with no imagination and find little discomforts like rocks and flowing water to ruin their time.
One of the most vivid memories of my run was a particular oak tree that stood out amongst many other trees. I can’t wait to run the whole trail system when it’s all green.

I started at the trail to the dam, ended up at a fork to where you could go see the dam or take the turkey creek trail. I went towards the dam and then went down turkey creek a little ways but couldn’t find where you cross the river so I turned around. It is a little rugged but my dog and I made it just fine. I would like to go back and try and find out where the crossing is.

After all the heavy rains we have had, the hiking trail was completely washed out.

Great for all ages

Absolutely love this park and trail! I have been coming here since I was a child and have watched the trails grow. The mountain bike trails are all dirt with some rock, there’s lots of crossing paths and it’s easy to lose which path you’re on. You can go off the trail and find a beautiful creek at the back end. But be prepared with cell phone charged for navigation plenty of opportunities to get mixed up in where you’re heading! Can be muddy at times. Tree covered and away from all city activity set back off some back roads! Nice and quiet!

....It made for an enjoyable, scenic hike....We went counterclockwise, so ended with the best views....It was a little muddy....We only did the loop on the western side (across the road from the TH)....Will definitely be back soon to the the eastern trails....And then later, after it greens up really good, I'll be back to do em all.... I would definitely recommend this place.... :)

Trailer is marked very well and was a great height

5 days ago

I love this trail. fyi if you are not up for a long hike there is a parking lot near it.

Very beautiful hike once you get down to the creek. The trail comes and goes so we ended up just climbing on the rocks along the creek.

5 days ago

Short walk behind the visitor center. Nothing remarkable

Great historic site to see one of four covered bridges left in the state and equally one of the few mills left in the state. site very well preserved. Nice short hike to the cemetery.

Beautiful trail. Lots of roots and stones.

Not a bad hike - not very long - signage is poor to non existent- when you first head in the trail splits at the area where you see some red gates - if you go that way you will see the cabin and a lake but the trail basically ends there and you will need to turn around and head back up the other way - once you are on the loop part of the trail there are a few side trails that you can take - one goes to the creek and another to a lake - both are worth seeing especially the lake, but again they both dead end and you will need to backtrack to get back to the loop

6 days ago

Good for horseback and or mountain biking. Decent hiking and camping. Good for first time over night back packing.

Great hiking trails through hills and valleys, lowlands, and bluffs overlooking MO River. I have gone off trail into farmer’s field and hiked the woods between other fields to find more solitude and see more wildlife such as deer and a coyote.

Very nice hike, that provides a little workout. It was nice seeing it without the leaves on the trees since we were able to see the "canyon" winding off in the distance, which probably would have been hidden otherwise. We went counter-clockwise at the trailhead, which made for a nice, level walk the last mile back. Planning on going back to explore some of the offshoot trails. Saw a few people exploring those, but we were running out of light. Planning on going back once we get some leaves to see what it looks like then.

Nice little workout. Took us a total of 3 hours. You do have to cross the creek a couple times but we took our shoes off and just walked across.

The bald Knob has an awesome view, everything else on the trail is just a long stroll through the woods. Don’t waste your with the loop unless you are doing it for the exercise.

trail running
7 days ago

The day I went here the place was filled with oblivious parents who didn’t seem to mind their children throwing rocks in all directions. The trails are often cut off by creeks, and I wasn’t willing to go through knee deep water to keep going forward. Hoped for a 5 mile run but after dodging rocks, water crossings, and too many smokers, I left after only getting 2 miles. To top it all off, I got back to my car only to find out someone had stolen the magnet off my car. The area is pretty but the people I came across that day ruined it.

Lovely and scenic little trail for a short walk. looking forward to hiking here again in the spring/summer when things green up. Many benches along the trail to stop and take in the views.

Good combination of rugged and smooth trails, with moderate changes in elevation. It’s true that sometimes the road is nearby, but these trails offer a little bit of wilderness without a long drive. My dog and I ran 6+ miles with only overlapping a short distance on a connector trail. Would definitely run again.

Very enjoyable trails. Did part of the yellow trail (turned back at the crossing due to the water) and finished on the red trail. Very active park with lots of hikers and horseback riders. The trails are all fairly well marked, but there are some serious inclines, even on the easy trails. The noise from the gun range wasn’t too bad, and helped with orientation. Definitely worth the time.

Great beginners trail with awesome views. Perfect for older kids. Younger children are capable too, however there's bluffside terrain, use caution.

Very nice for a light hike/walk, especially if you have young children who aren't quite ready for the long hikes yet.

ok so first off this isnt 2.1 miles. the actual loop itself is just over a mile. also there are no signs on trail. When u get to the bottom by the creek make sure u go right if u go left which seems like the way the trail is u will run into a dead end taking the right puts you on the loop. also the cabin u see in the pics it's at the beginong of the trail,you will see a red gate off to the left that takes you to the cabin right on the other side of the pond. Parking for this hike is across from the nursing home. The trail starts at the corner of the road.

....It was a pleasant, moderate hike....even in early March....Only did the western loop, but will be back for the unmapped, eastern trails....Soon.... :)

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