Graham Cave State Park

Danville, Missouri 63361

Graham Cave State Park

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"Graham Cave, a deep overhang beneath a massive rock dome, sheltered prehistoric Americans who once hunted along the Loutre River valley. Visit this haunting cavern, then explore the ancients’ old hunting grounds on a network of trails that meander through the park’s rugged hillsides and lush bottomlands."

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"Graham Cave State Park is located just off of I-70, west of St. Louis. A series of trails within the park make up a 3-mile loop highlighted by Graham Cave. The hike itself is a moderate stroll through a moist bottomland forest, a rocky oak-hickory forest, sandstone glades, and dolomite glades. Be sure to make a pit stop at the visitor center as you first enter the park." Read more
"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 through a moist b ottomland forest, a rocky oak-hickory forest, sandstone glades, and dolomite glades. Be sure to make a pit stop at the visitor cen- ter as you first enter the park." Read more

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10/9/2008
I hope you love mosquitos,it was the worst hike ever!
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7/28/2007
I can honestly say that today was my worst experience hiking yet. I took this trail with 2 dogs and we were 90% miserable! I don't know what its "normally" like but they didn't cut the trail(at all) so the greenery was between knee and head high!! I wore pants that stopped just below the knee (which was my fault) but with all the spiny plants including stinging nettel.... my shins are STILL burning! There is no water access from the trail yet you are going along it for the 7 miles because there is a large drop-off from the trail. There were so many times that I wasn't even sure I was on the trail any more because the grass was so high. Thank GOD for intuition. I never saw the break off for the short loop so we got stuck doing the entire 7 miles. I realized this at mile 4 so it was too late to turn back. I killed so many mosquitos on me that I got tired of whiping off the dead ones and started leaving them there (really gross, I know) and there is a 2 mile stretch that was entirely in the sun with no shade breaks (there were a couple times I thought the dogs were going to drop). I generally love hiking in MO, but I don't think I'll ever do this trail again.
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1/26/2007
A nice flat 7 mile hike and great fun for the dog but relatively boring scenery. I thought we would have a better view of the river for some part of the hike but most of the trail was open field.
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7/17/2005
Not one of the nicer hikes. The scenery was redundant.
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Trail Information

Danville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Graham Cave State Park
Local Contacts
Montgomery City USGS topo
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Dec 2018