Spring Valley Trail

Oakville, Missouri 63129

Spring Valley Trail

Spring Valley Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Managed by St. Louis County Parks, Cliff Cave County Park is home to the second- largest cave in St. L ouis County. Although the c ave itself is closed t o protect the endangered Indiana bat, this short loop makes a fine day trip and is only minutes from the city."

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"Cliff Cave County Park received the “Best View of the Mississippi” award in 2009 for good reason: The Mississippi River provides the entire eastern border of the park. The 525-acre park opened to the public in 1977 after being bought for $400,000 in 1972. The cave was used as a riverside tavern by French traders in the 1700s and as a wine cellar in the 1800s, and is a habitat for the endangered Indiana bat today. Hikers enjoy the shade of oaks, hickories, and dogwoods in the forested portions of the park.

Visitors that choose to hike along the Mississippi River Trail will encounter beautifully restored wetland prairies that were once very common in these floodplains. The cave itself is closed to visitors, both to protect the rare bat population inside and to protect the cave itself from vandalism. But if you visit in the winter, you can witness the cave “breathing” a cold mist."

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Trail Information

Oakville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.1
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Fall through spring
Season
Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Cliff Cave County Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Oakville
Local Maps

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Oct 2018