Babler State Park hiking trails

2010-04-14T00:00:00Z 2013-01-21T11:51:49Z Babler State Park hiking trailsBY HARRY JACKSON JR. • harry.jackson@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8234 stltoday.com

This family-friendly park has something for everyone, including trails that separate hikers, cyclists and equestrians. If you want to avoid the crowds and find serenity, get on one of the trails and take off into the areas away from the main roads.

Where • 800 Guy Park Drive, Wildwood. Off Highway 109, north of Rockwoods Reservation and south of Highway 100 (Manchester Road).

How long • Four hiking trails that connect include Hawthorn Trail, 1.25 miles; Dogwood Trail, 2 miles, the most strenuous with a 300-foot rise and fall with some rocky areas; Woodbine Trail, 1.75 miles; Virginia Day Nature Trail, 2 miles. Get a map from the Visitors Center because individual trails aren't clearly marked.

Surface • Most paved, some packed dirt, thatch and rock.

Difficulty • Easy to moderate.

User's notes • This is a public area maintained by the Department of Natural Resources. The park is popular with bird watchers. While much of the park is forested, it's a heavily used park.

Wheelchair accessible • Yes

Parking • At the Visitors Center and along the road.

More info • 636-458-3813 or mostateparks.com/babler.htm or e-mail moparks@dnr.mo.gov

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