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Backpacker Magazine – August 2012

From The Field: Central

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

by: Sarah L. Stewart

Dunes Trail (Photo by: Heeb Christian / Age Fotostock)
Dunes Trail (Photo by: Heeb Christian / Age Fotostock)
Lake Lincoln (Photo by: Anthony Harrison)
Lake Lincoln (Photo by: Anthony Harrison)

Lake Trail, Cuivre River SP, MO
Anthony Harrison Arnold, MO

Get a taste of the Ozarks’ famed karst topography–where eroding subterranean limestone forms sinkholes and caves–on this 3.6-mile loop tracing the shoreline of Lake Lincoln (60 miles northwest of St. Louis). Look for coneflowers lining the northern end of the lake on both sides, where you’re also likely to spot butterflies. “The black-and-yellow swallowtails can be really thick in the summer,” Harrison says. Ticks are also thick this year after a mild winter, so be sure to bring repellent, he advises. Trip ID 1208005

“After hiking, cool off in the water at the trailhead beach.”




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