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Governor Bates Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 94' 29 m
Descent: -79' -24 m
High: 639' 195 m
Low: 583' 178 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)

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Unknown
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Trail shared by St. Louis County Parks

A scenic trail with small, rolling hills at Faust County Park.

St. Louis County Parks

Features Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The Governor Bates Trail connects Thornhill Plantation with the newer addition of the park to the north. While this technically is not a loop trail, you can create a loop hike by using the existing park roadways and paths. Otherwise, this trail is short enough to make an easy out and back option.

The trail begins at Thornhill on top of the hill overlooking the Missouri River Valley. The hills of St. Charles County can be seen in the distance during the winter months. The trail descends into a wooded area with large basswood trees that shade the trail during the summer months. You may see Dam and Eve orchids on the hillside.

At the bottom of the hill, the forest changes to a bottomland woodland. The basswood tress are replaced by silver maple, box elder and sycamore. The trail crosses a small creek and begins a somewhat steep climb out of the valley. The hillside here is spotted with redbuds and dogwoods that blossom red and white during the spring.

After you reach the top of the hill, the trail passes by the back of the Lamella Barn. This historic site was constructed in 1925.

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Dec 21, 2019
Rick Ihnat
10d postop. mud and melting snow 1.1mi — 0h 23m
Nov 3, 2018
Cheri L
Was ok. 1.5mi

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