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3 Great St. Louis Hikes

Take a stroll through Forest Park, Bellefontaine Cemetery and Sunset Park.

When the weather's nice, St. Louis offers a plethora of pleasant walks. Here are three to get you started.

MORNING

Begin the day in Forest Park. There’s a hiking path that will take you past woods, streams, golf courses and the park’s amazing collection of attractions—Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Science Center and Missouri History Museum—admission to all of which are free. The crushed gravel route runs roughly parallel to a paved bike path. Both paths were part of a massive renovation program that left the park in its current spectacular state, and you are the beneficiary. A Visitor Center near the DeBaliviere entrance offers maps and refreshments at the Forest Perk Café (open 7am). 

 

AFTERNOON

If gravestones don’t put you off, take a stroll through Bellefontaine Cemetery and next door’s Calvary Cemetery off West Florissant Rd. The rolling landscape and fantastic mausoleum architecture offer an inspiring, if sobering, spectacle. Among the mausoleums at Bellefontaine is one designed by Louis Sullivan (architect of downtown St. Louis' Wainwright Building, considered to be the world's first skyscraper). There is also a mausoleum built for the Tate family guarded by a pair of stone sphinxes who bear an uncanny resemblance to President Bill Clinton. Some famous folks are buried here, too, like James Eads, Sara Teasdale, Irma Rombauer and William S. Burroughs. Calvary Cemetery is the forever home of Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin, Dred Scott and William Tecumseh Sherman. You’re not far from Crown Candy Kitchen, so pop in for lunch.

 

Tate mausoleum at Bellefontaine Cemetery
Tate mausoleum at Bellefontaine Cemetery (©D. Lancaster)

EVENING

We can’t give you an ocean sunset, but we can offer a river sunset—the Missouri River, to be specific—from Sunset Park, a 90-acre park in Florissant that features a trail that runs along the river. You can actually take the Sunset Greenway bike/hike trail back in to Old Town Florissant for dinner at Hendel’s Market Café