Park Trails

at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

Paved Bicycle Path

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 1.75 Miles View map

Trail Rating: Easy

(The main trailhead is in the middle of the trail, so description here begins from the campground end.)

Paved Bicycle Path travels from the campground to the central portion of the park. From the campground, the trail winds northwest. It passes a small cemetery on the right just across from an access road for park staff. Continuing on the trail, the path leads down a hill and through a tunnel built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The trail continues downhill from here, steep in places, and passes Crystal Spring, one of two continuously flowing springs in the park. It is on this sheltered section that the moist runoff creek that parallels the trail provides verdant foliage. Pawpaw, spicebush, jack-in-the-pulpit, trillium and other deep green plants grow along each side of the trail. The trail passes the trailhead and the parking area (where a small footbridge leads from the trailhead to the trail). From here, the trail continues north, where it intersects and follows Woodbine trail. Here, the linear trail ends near the other trailhead parking lot.

You may experience:

  • Slippery conditions and/or downed vegetation
  • Steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent
  • Bridges and/or structural crossings
Find the trailhead on the park map.
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
1.75 Miles 50 minutes, one way Linear Yellow 1) At the first parking area on the right past the River Hills Visitor Center on Guy Park Drive; 2) At the second parking area on the right past the River Hills Visitor Center on Guy Park Drive