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Lone Wolf Trail- Castlewood State Park

Ballwin, MO

Lone Wolf Trail is a 1.5 mile loop trail located near Ballwin, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping, hiking, mountain biking & walking.

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Natural Tunnel Trail, Bennett Springs
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked it yesterday. Took the east loop to the tunnel which was way worth it. Had lunch at the tunnel which had hanging icicles that came in handy as a water resource for the dog. The trail was well marked. Took the west loop back which was easier.

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Powder Valley Nature Center Trail
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36 Completed 1 Reviews

Powder Valley is a great place to get outside, get some fresh air and exercise near Kirkwood. As stated in other reviews, the trails are paved and you can often hear the drone of traffic from the highway but it's heavily wooded and a lot of up and down. It sure beats going to the gym and hitting the treadmill and elliptical!

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Natural Tunnel Trail, Bennett Springs
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

Super muddy but nice. Not a lot of traffic.

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Natural Tunnel Trail, Bennett Springs
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

Super muddy but nice. Not a lot of traffic.

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Limestone Hill Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

At times the trail was very small and rugged.

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White's Creek Trail
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29 Completed 15 Reviews

Do not plan to do this trail In two days. I normally hike an average speed of 2.5 miles with a full backpack weighing around 35 pounds. I set out to hike this trail over a weekend. I arrived at the trailhead at 10 AM in the morning at five pond . I chose to hike the trail clockwise. The first sign showed approximately seven miles to the float camp. Saturday went pretty good. The trail was not well blazed. However, I could follow the depression of the trail in the leaves. I lost the trail a couple of times and had to Bush wack. But I did see both fiddlers ring and white Creek Cave. I arrived at float camp at 4:30 in the afternoon. That's gave me plenty of time to set up camp and start a fire in the fire ring . Sunday was a different story. I started out on the trail and then quickly lost it I bushwhacked more than I hiked on the trail. It took me five hours to go for miles to Bliss Springs . That left me with 8 miles to get back to camp five pond. It was now 1:30 in the afternoon. Sunset was at 5 PM. This left me with four hours of light . If I had been on a trail, and averaging 2 mph I could have made it back to camp Sunday night . At 4 PM it became clear that I was not going to make it back to camp before dark going cross country. Without a trail it would be very difficult to navigate with a headlamp going cross-country. So I took an alternate course and followed an old logging road that led me up to the town of wilderness. I then hiked on the forest Service Rd. to get back to camp five pond. So basically after you hike from camp five pond to the float camp, you are pretty much on your own going cross-country. Be sure and have a good map and GPS unit. There is no phone connection for most of the trail. The topo map that I had from all trails did not accurately reflect the actual trail . I I attempted to follow the trail shown on the topo map and in most instances you will see where my track across the trail there was no trail . The highlights of the trip would be bliss spring. Other than that there were not any scenic overlooks to speak of. Just another typical hike in the Missouri hardwood forest. Except there was no trail to follow. If you follow my track you will get back to camp but it is approximately 22 miles and it will take you around 18 hours to complete. I hiked for six hours on Saturday to get from camp five pond down to the float camp. However, I hiked 13 hours on Sunday going cross country. I averaged less than a mile per hour. It maybe easier to follow the trail when the leaves are off the trail. Did I mentioned poor blazing. If you go, good luck.

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Howell Island Conservation Area Trail
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17 Completed 17 Reviews

Pretty boring, flat, wide trail.

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Bee Tree Park
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Great for beginners.

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GIBSON SPRING
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54 Completed 6 Reviews

Very open and flat. Entire conservation area is able to be walked as it is multi-use for horse's. We did the Gibson Spring trail and added another 3 miles worth of horse trails.

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Big Piney Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

just finished walking the trail. Confusing can't figure out the North Loop to make it longer than the south. Great trail just wished it was marked a bit better. Great to get out and enjoy this trail. Just seemed to someone bypass the waterfall.

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