Here in the St. Louis area, we're lucky to have some truly amazing hiking trails right in our backyard. Of course, summer in St. Louis can get a little toasty, which is why this is a great time of year to hit the trail bright and early!
After all, there may be no better way to start your day than with a brisk sunrise hike. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite early morning hiking trails in the St. Louis area.
- Dual Recreation Path, Forest Park - 5595 Grand Dr, St. Louis, MO 63112
Spanning more than 1,300 acres, Forest Park is the largest park in St. Louis and one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Within its boundaries are some amazing hiking opportunities, foremost of which is the Dual Recreation Path, which forms a 6-mile loop around the park. Located just minutes from many St. Louis homes for sale, this trail is also known as the "Wheels and Heels Path" because it is essentially two paths side by side, one for bikes and roller blades and the other for walking and jogging.
- Fort Belle Fontaine Loop Trail - 13002 Bellefontaine Rd, St. Louis, MO 63138
Overlooking the Missouri River north of St. Louis, Fort Bella Fontaine is a historic U.S. military base, originally built in 1805 when Missouri was the farthest edge of the Western frontier. Today, the fort is the centerpiece of Fort Bella Fontaine County Park, and a 3-mile hiking trail surrounds it. This loop hike, known as the Bella Fontaine Loop, offers views of the river and the fort itself, as well as a pleasant trek through the surrounding forest.
- Cliff Cave County Park Loop - 806 Cliff Cave Rd, St. Louis, MO 63129
Known for the natural cave entrance preserved within its boundaries, Cliff Cave County Park is also a great hiking destination with spectacular views of the Mississippi River. The park includes roughly 5 miles of trails which can be hiked individually or as a loop. These trails also connect to the Mississippi River Greenway, which extends a further 7 miles along the river. Visitors are not permitted to enter the cave—it's gated to protect the endangered Indiana bats that reside inside—but the entrance can be viewed from the trail.
- Grant's Trail - 601 S Holmes Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122
The 10-mile Grant's Trail is a great urban hiking option in the heart of St. Louis. Open to bikes as well as foot traffic, this trail is part of a "rails to trails" project and mostly follows the path of a former railroad line. The scenery around the trail ranges from residential neighborhoods and urban areas to stretches of park that feel far from city life. Several trailheads provide access and parking, including one at the northern end of the trail, just north of I-44 on Holmes Ave.
- Dennis Schick Trail, Jefferson Barracks Park - 345 North Rd W, St. Louis, MO 63125
Jefferson Barracks Park contains the military outpost for which it is named, as well as the Missouri Civil War Museum. Visiting these historic sites makes for a great day of sightseeing, and the park also offers the 2.7-mile Dennis Schick Trail, which forms a figure-eight-style loop through rolling woodlands. This trail also connects to the Mississippi River Greenway, which is a great option for an extended hike.
- Katy Trail - 222 S. Riverside Dr., St. Charles, MO 63301
Spanning over 240 miles, you can spend an entire day exploring what the Katy Trail has to offer. There are 26 different trailheads for you to start your morning hiking adventure. One of these access points is conveniently close to our St. Charles homes for sale. Just like other trails on this list, this is another railway-turned hiking trail so residents and visitors can learn about the history of the area while enjoying beautiful scenery.
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