Meramec Conservation Area

Stanton, Missouri

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In these forested hills and hollows, trails of varying lengths wind along the Meramec River, climb to a panoramic overlook of a horseshoe bend, meander along intermittent streams, visit an abandoned fire lookout, and wander past springs and caves. With the 1.3 mile paved Woodland Trail, the 6-mile Old Reedville School Trail, and the 10-mile J. Avery Ruble Bridle Trail, there’s a hike for every level of backcountry wanderer at Meramec Conservation Area.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis

by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)

In these forested hills and hollows, trails of varying lengths wind along the Meramec River, climb to a panoramic overlook of a horseshoe bend, meander along intermittent streams, visit an abandoned fire lookout, and wander past springs and caves.

With the 1.3 mile paved Woodland Trail, the 6-mile Old Reedville School Trail, and the 10-mile J. Avery Ruble Bridle Trail, there’s a hike for every level of backcountry wanderer at Meramec Conservation Area.

© 2010 Steve Henry/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stanton
Distance: 18
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Meramec State Park
Local Maps: Meramec State Park USGS topo
Driving Directions: Directions to Meramec Conservation Area

Recent Trail Reviews

3/13/2009
0

I hiked the southern loop. This was a nice trail. I would love to take more time and backpack it for a weekend. There were a couple of things I did not like about this trail. First- there really was really only a couple of places where you could get good water, and second, you can really hear the road at most of the campsites. Other than that it was great and I plan on doing it again.


7/27/2005
0

This was my families first attempt at backpacking. The trail is very secnic and not extremmely hard. However we went during the summer and only found 1 source for water. Even after a heavy thunderstorm during the night on the trail we found no water holes. There are several campsites just off the trail about the 5-6 mile marker. One other thing the last half of the trail is more difficult so we chose to walk the trail backwards, we had a 7 year old boy with us and he handled it fine. This is not a challenging course but a very nice one for a family who wants to spend a night camping away from the people or for just someone wanting to get away for the day.



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