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Best Hikes Near St. Louis
by JD Tanner (Falcon Guides)
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 entire region. The parking area offers several picnic sites and an outhouse for visitors looking to enjoy a longer stay.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis
by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)
Little Grand Canyon is a little-known hideaway that’s worth the drive from St. Louis. You’ll hike down stone steps cut in steep, fantastically eroded slick-rock chutes into a moist bottomland guarded by 300-foot cliffs. Your reward for climbing out of the canyon’s depths is a panoramic view of the Mississippi River valley and the distant Missouri hills.
Great trail. Unable to get into the canyon from one entrance due to the rains flooding part of the canyon. Moderate to difficult in parts, but well worth the trek.
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