I would definitely recommend this one if you're in the St. Louis area. Lots of variety on this trail: great views of the Meramec River from the bluffs, stairs, railroad tracks, river, trees. The trail along the river was wide open with room for mountain bikers and hikers. Nice views, not too difficult. We made the hike with three dogs and three kids under 5. They all had a great time. The kids especially liked the occasional passing train. I would say this trail is fairly moderate. The only somewhat difficult aspect is the giant staircase, which is not an issue if you hike the loop counter-clockwise. It took us just over 2 hours to complete.
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