St. Louis: Frenchmans Bluff Loop

This easy 5-mile adventure takes you above rugged, staircase-like bluffs, then down into the hushed hollows of Cuivre River State Park.
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This easy 5-mile adventure takes you above rugged, staircase-like bluffs, then down into the hushed hollows of Cuivre River State Park.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.9

Waypoints

FBL001

Location: 39.010311126709, -90.9406967163086

Head W from trailhead

FBL002

Location: 39.010139465332, -90.9419631958008

Turn L and follow blue-blazed trail along wooded streambed

FBL003

Location: 39.0093002319336, -90.9426727294922

Pass weathered, two-story white-brick chimney, remnant from an old homestead

FBL004

Location: 39.0046081542969, -90.9440231323242

R @ T in equestrian parking lot; head toward river

FBL005

Location: 39.0053100585938, -90.945686340332

R @ T; begin climb above the narrow, mellow-flowing Cuivre River; follow trail to L as it switchbacks up bluffs

FBL006

Location: 39.0137481689453, -90.9437637329102

Overlook: Scan for miles where the Cuivre hooks 90 degrees into tawny, rolling farmland. Hike N, staying L @ next 2 intersections

FBL007

Location: 39.0238304138184, -90.9494705200195

R @ Y; pass small, swampy, arrowhead-shaped pond. Deer tracks abound here

FBL008

Location: 39.0223007202148, -90.9447708129883

Begin 100-ft. descent into hickory-dotted hollow

FBL009

Location: 39.019100189209, -90.9320373535156

Reach rocky flood plain of clear-flowing Sugar Creek and turn R to hike along hillside

FBL010

Location: 39.0146484375, -90.939453125

Turn L @ Y and close loop @ WPT 2; turn L to return to car

Cliffs over the Cuivre River

Location: 39.0065307617188, -90.9455184936524

©Gregory Zieman

Lake

Location: 39.0239067077637, -90.949462890625

©Gregory Zieman

Old bridge

Location: 39.0048522949219, -90.9456558227539

Single-lane bridge to get into the park from the farmland side. ©Gregory Zieman

Old fireplace

Location: 39.0089950561523, -90.9425506591797

Two-story tower from burned-out cabin. ©Gregory Zieman

Small lake

Location: 39.0230979919434, -90.9464111328125

©Gregory Zieman