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Paw Paw Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (5)

Hike through beautiful hardwood forest on this delightful singletrack.


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Map Key

0.4

Miles

0.6

KM

Point to Point

584' 178 m

High

445' 136 m

Low

143' 43 m

Up

53' 16 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Although the trail is only a half-mile long, hikers are rewarded with a wonderful example of a developed oak-hickory forest. The big trees provide ample shade in the warm months. The deep gullies are mini-habitats for trees and other plants. Christmas ferns abound on the hillsides. This trail is a must-do in the spring - wildflowers provide a great colorful experience. The fertile soils here are home to May apples, trilliums, trout lilies, jack-in-the-pulpits and many more.

The native Missouri shrub is usually the first to flower in the spring. Its reddish-brown 3 petal flowers usually bloom in early April. These flowers grow into Ozark Bananas, which ripen toward the end of summer. This custard-flavored fruit is a big hit with raccoons, skunks, grey fox, opossums, and various birds. Humans can also indulge if they can beat the animals to the punch!

Paw Paw Trail connects Fishermen's Trail to the Chubb Overlook area.

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St. Louis County Parks

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  4.4 from 5 votes

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#168

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#6,593

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Paw Paw Trail at Bee Tree Park
Dec 1, 2015 near Arnold, MO

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Sep 28, 2017
Michele Garner
first trail of thirty 0.4mi
Aug 3, 2017
C M
0.4mi
Apr 23, 2017
Trav Shack
Great little trail 0.4mi