When you get a 66-degree day in February, you take it. After battling a respiratory infection the past weeks, this relatively easy hike took everything out of me. It was still the kickstart I needed to get back outside and I really enjoyed this hike.
Mastodon State Park is a short drive from St. Louis which makes it very accessible. The trail is actually 2 miles despite the AllTrails listing and then there is another loop you can add on to lengthen it. It’s a good workout due to the varied terrain and a chance to see some of the area’s beautiful limestone.
From here I plan on changing things up from my usual trails as it gets warmer and my time frees up a bit. Next week, I’ll be in Memphis and able to explore there a bit. I also have a camping trip planned in March that will take me back down to Shawnee to meet up with a friend who is also doing the 52 Hike Challenge.
Hike #3: Limestone Hill Trail
Length: 2 Miles
Elevation gain: 305 feet