Cliff Cave Park
Flooding from the severe storm this Saturday (6/9/18) damaged one of the retaining walls just west of the railroad tracks in Cliff Cave Park. We’re working with the Engineer of Record to provide an assessment of the wall failure. This park is in a major watershed that drains to the Mississippi River and we want to understand the root causes of the water flow issues. Then we can work with St. Louis County Parks to create a solution, restore the wall, re-open the greenway and avoid future damage. Thanks for your patience as we work to understand the best path forward with our partners. IMPORTANT NOTE: This impacts a very small portion of the greenway-you can easily detour around this area. The rest of the new greenway is open for you to explore and enjoy.
Cliff Cave Park in the Mississippi Greenway offers stunning views of the Mississippi atop rocky bluffs that tower 170 feet over the river. It lies within one of the most naturally diverse plant and animal communities in the region, offering rocky, droughty hillsides as well as woodlands and wetlands.Read More
You can get to this greenway on Telegraph Road in south St. Louis County.
Each greenway is managed in cooperation with different municipalities and parks departments, who set the rules for greenway use, parking and hours of operation. Greenways often span multiple municipalities, so please be aware that these rules can change as you travel along the trail. Please be sure to follow all posted rules and regulations while you are living life outside!
Click one of the buttons below to plan your route with Google Maps.
If you’re not too far from this greenway, you may be able to connect to it on your bike. Click the button above to plan your route with Google Maps. You can enter the park via a new entrance at Erb and Telegraph road for people walking or riding bikes. There is no parking at this location.
You can not currently access this greenway via bus.
You can not currently access this greenway via Metrolink.
You can park in the lower parking lot in Cliff Cave County Park or the new parking lot on Cliff Cave Rd. (Near England Town Road)
The Mississippi Trail is a 4.66-mile paved, loop asphalt trail that circles the floodplain bottomland. There is very little shade, so be sure to bring water during the summer months. You can walk, run or ride along the trail and enjoy views of the Mississippi River. There is a 2.04 mile extension completed in May 2018 that travels up the bluff to a new scenic overlook and a connection to Telegraph Rd.
This is a quiet, rural place to enjoy nature. After a snowstorm, this area is perfect for cross country skiing.
There are two other unpaved trails in this section of greenway, the flat, 1-mile River Bluff Trail that offers an outstanding view of the river and surrounding valley from atop the bluff. You can also explore the 3-mile, moderately hilly Spring Valley Trail.
The park offers hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails as well as picnic areas and shelters.
Sweeping views of the Mississippi River from the overlook atop the 170 foot bluff at Cliff Cave Park.
The Mississippi River overlook is a great place to look for wading birds and watch the barges go by.
Rippling waters in Cliff Cave Park.