Best Hikes Near St. Louis Guide Book

by JD Tanner (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near St Louis  by JD Tanner

240pp/maps
ISBN: 0762763558

Here are forty of the best hikes, all of them within an hour’s drive of St. Louis, Missouri—from the bustling urban trails of historic Forest Park to the varied geography of southern Illinois to the rocky, rolling hills of the Missouri Ozarks. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk, a day-long hike, or an overnighter, this guide offers plenty to choose from.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near St. Louis" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.
... Preview: The 1000 Steps Trail, in historic Washington State Park, climbs one of the t owering dolomite bluffs located in the park. The strenuous trek takes hikers to the top of the bluff to a lookout area with ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Old Mines, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
... Preview: Popular with bikers, hikers, runners, and families, the Al F oster Trail provides many options for outdoor recreation. The well-maintained trail follows the Meramec River and offers good views and sha ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Eureka, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: The August A. Busch Memorial C onservation Area is w ell known to locals for its thirty-two fishable lakes and ponds, which provide habitat for bass, catfish, crappie, sunfish, and trout. The nearly 7 ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Lake Saint Louis, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
... Preview: American civilization north of Mexico. Once a center for trade and politics, Cahokia was even said to have been larger than London at the height of its exist ence. Even more intriguing is that this hu ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
State Park Place, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: The Hughes Mountain Natural Area is one of M issouri’s geologic wonders. The rock formation here is similar to that of the Devils Tower in Wyoming and the Devils Post- pile in California, both nationa ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Irondale, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
... Preview: The Forest 44 Conservation Area is a rugged forestland located southwest of St. Louis. The 1,008 acres are at the northeastern-most tip of the Ozarks and include many of the plants and animals commonl ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Valley Park, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
... Preview: One of the mor e strenuous hikes in Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial Stat e Park, the Dogwood Trail offers nature lovers an interesting mix of forest habitat. From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Weldon Spring, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
... Preview: Passing through the Crescent Hills, the Flint Quarry Trail is an ideal destination for hikers hoping to escape the city and enjoy the natural and cultural history of West Tyson County Park. From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Eureka, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: Located in the hear t of St. L ouis and just off I-64, Forest Park is one of the lar gest urban parks in the United States. Owned and operated by the City of St. Louis, Forest Park is considered one o ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Richmond Heights, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.7
... Preview: The Giant City Nature Trail is a f avorite for regular visitors to Giant City State Park. Located near the D evils Standtable, an amazing r ock formation, the natur e trail is perfect for wildlife vie ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Makanda, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
... Preview: Carved out by ancient glaciers and meltwaters, the Illinois River provides a picturesque backdrop for visitors to the area. Known for its abundant wint er bald eagle p opula- tion, Pere Marquette Stat ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Meppen, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
... Preview: Graham Cave State Park is located just off of I-70, west of St. Louis. A series of tr ails within the park make up a 3.0-mile loop highlighted by Graham Cave. The hike itself is a moderate stroll thro ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Montgomery City, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: The Powder Valley Conservation Area considers itself an urban oasis. Open since 1991, the ar ea offers 112 acres of oak-hick ory forest to hikers. The Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center offers n ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Sunset Hills, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
... Preview: The Katy Trail is the longest dev eloped rail-trail in the Unit ed States. Running from St. Charles to Clinton, Missouri, the 225-mile trail stretches across almost the entir e width of the stat e and ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Weldon Spring, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
... Preview: This easy day hike follows the shoreline of Lake Boutin and is easily accessible from the campground. From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Jackson, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.25
... Preview: This loop hike takes you through the Weldon Spring C onservation Area. Towering limestone bluffs offering excellent views of the Missouri River, an abundance of wild- life, and easy access from St. Lo ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Weldon Spring, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: This fine loop trail offers a peaceful and shaded tr ek through Rockwoods Reserva- tion, one of the oldest conservation areas in the state of Missouri. From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Eureka, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
... Preview: Mastodon State Historic Site is located just off of I-55 and is a short drive from down- town St. Louis. The longest trail in Mastodon State Historic Site, the Limestone Hill Trail offers a rugged but ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Kimmswick, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: This loop hike in the Shawnee National F orest features exposed bluffs, an erosion- carved canyon, a seasonal w aterfall, and several rock overhangs, making it one of the most interesting areas in the ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Pomona, IL - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: Located in Cuivre River State Park, the Lone Spring Trail provides an interesting trek through a dense w oodland of white oak, black oak , shagbark hickory, and nor th- ern red oak. Lone Spring appear ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near St. Louis"
Troy, MO - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8