Spice Bush Trail
Length: .80 Mile View map
Trail Rating: Moderate
Spice Bush Trail travels through the Meramec River’s floodplain along slightly elevated terraces to the nearby level woodland floor where red-headed woodpeckers frequently feed and often nests. In late April, bluebells bloom in profusion along much of this hiking trail. Along the journey, three bridges cross a perennial stream but after a good rain, other small drainages can make it a wet and slippery hike. The trail passes through a rich bottomland area with a mixed herbaceous ground cover below tall sycamore, ash, pawpaw and black cherry trees. The dominant underbrush is spice bush, which gives the trail its name.
You may experience:
- Natural surface, dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surface, etc.
- Rocks, roots and/or downed vegetation on trail
- Wood or stone steps
- Bluffs or drop-offs next to trail
- Bridges and/or structural crossings
- Occasional water over trail
|Length||Estimated Hiking Time||Type||Blazes||Trailhead|
|.80 Mile||35 minutes||Loop||Yellow||
Off the main park road on the left just passed the picnic area