Park Trails

at Robertsville State Park

Spice Bush Trail

  • Hiking

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
Find the trailhead on the park map
Missouri State Parks Trail Rules and Etiquette
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