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Best hiking trails to enjoy fall in St. Louis
Best hiking trails to enjoy fall in St. Louis

By: Dr. Byler


Fall is here and that means two things: the Cardinals are in the playoffs, and the leaves are turning. Getting out for a beautiful hike in the autumn weather is a great way to embrace fall in St. Louis. Here are some of the best hiking trails around the greater St. Louis area where you can stretch your legs, get some exercise, and enjoy fall in St. Louis.

Castlewood State Park

Follow the Meramec River through Castlewood State Park into the valley for a breath-taking snapshot of fall. This is a great family-friendly park to catch a sneak peek of wildlife. Check out the World Bird Sanctuary, which can be accessed through Lone Elk County Park.

Dr. Edmund A. Babler State Park

Babler State Park is known for its bike paths, but hikers will equally enjoy the beauty offered by this West County wonderland. Altogether, there are six trails for hiking and hikers may enjoy packing a light picnic lunch. Keep an eye out for feathered friends as Babler is home to a wide variety of beautiful birds.

Katy Trail State Park

The Katy Trail is 225 miles of wooded bliss. The trail is wide enough for hiking or cycling. There are also trail markers posted for equestrian riders. The Katy Trail winds through some of the cutest small towns dotted along the Missouri River. If you head west to Hartsburg, Dotty’s Cafe is one of the hidden gems along the Katy Trail.

Grant’s Trail

The Ulysses S. Grant Trail, or Grant’s Trail as it’s known to people of the Lou, is a great experience for hikers. The trail begins near Bella Villa and stretches for eight miles, the last two of which are unpaved. Hikers will weave past Whitecliff Park and Grant’s Farm along this beautiful pathway built for turning leaves and crisper air. Parking is available for $8 at Grant’s Farm where you can stop for an afternoon of Clydesdales, caramel apples, and craft beer for the older crowd.



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