St. Louis, MO: Shoreline Trail

This 3.4-mile out-and-back in the heart of Missouri's Little Dixie region travels the wavy, wooded banks of a 205-acre lake.
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This 3.4-mile out-and-back in the heart of Missouri's Little Dixie region travels the wavy, wooded banks of a 205-acre lake.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 2.8

Waypoints

SHL001

Location: 38.9060592651367, -92.1265411376953

Hike N and turn R onto Shoreline Trail. Catch occasional views over Little Dixie Lake and nearby ponds

SHL002

Location: 38.9085998535156, -92.1267013549805

Cross small footbridge (first of several on this hike); trail leaves grassy area and enters oakhickory forest

SHL003

Location: 38.9095306396484, -92.1290588378906

Keep R and contour along small bay. In the late 1950s, the Missouri Department of Conservation dammed Owl Creek, creating Little Dixie Lake

SHL004

Location: 38.9107894897461, -92.12890625

Bear R @ 3-way (still Shoreline Trail); swing E, then N

SHL005

Location: 38.9140090942383, -92.128303527832

Head through shady hollow with thick undergrowth to a patch of grasses by the shoreline

SHL006

Location: 38.9153099060059, -92.1265182495117

Trail nears sandy banks. This region was settled by farmers from the hemp and tobacco regions of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee?hence the nickname Little Dixie. Most of the old fields are gone

SHL007

Location: 38.9161796569824, -92.1265182495117

Another bridge, trees thinning out

SHL008

Location: 38.9174118041992, -92.1263275146484

Cross bridge; area opens up

SHL009

Location: 38.9188919067383, -92.1259536743164

Reach picnic area on W side. Okay fishing for bass, crappie, and sun fish in this 205-acre lake. Retrace trail to car