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      The natural surface trail system in this park consists of two trails suitable for all levels of biking and hiking. The park is named for the extensive cave off the road near the bottom of the hill.

      The Spring Valley Trail is on the west side of the park and the Bluff Trail on the east side. Trail heads for both are accessed from the paved trail. There are two parking lots to access the paved trail system.

      Spring Valley Trail (3.75 miles) consists of two loops, an outer one, and an inner one contained within. Both are tied together via three short connector trails. The loops vary from tight and twisty to open and flowing as they weave in and out of the many sinkholes in the area. Both loops are mostly packed dirt. While not technical, the trail design offers riding suitable for beginner as well as advanced riders.

      To get to the trail head, take the paved trail, and climb up the switchbacks from the lower parking lot. From the upper parking lot, ride down the paved trail and cross the bridge, then climb up the switchbacks.

      Bluff Trail (1.2 miles) offers the best technical features for the advanced rider. Riding clockwise from near the overlook begins with four switch back turns followed by technical rock gardens. The trail then transitions back to mostly packed dirt as it winds its way back up to the overlook. The newly built overlook has a beautiful view of the Mississippi River Valley. In the winter months keep an eye out for Bald Eagles.

      The paved trail system offers an enjoyable place to ride when the natural trails are too wet for use. It consists of the 5 mile Mississippi River Trail loop as well as a 1.5 mile connector trail that climbs up three switch backs and connects with the bike lane on Telegraph Road. Another 1 mile spur trail climbs up to the overlook and on to the upper parking lot.

      The park occupies 525 acres that include a flood plain wetland area, heavily wooded forest with a variety of old growth trees such as the Shag Bark Hickory, a picnic shelter and scenic river overlook. This area is geologically known as a Karst Plain- an area consisting of caves, sinkholes and springs formed from the dissolution of layers of bedrock. The many sinkholes provide a haven for a variety of wildlife including wild turkey, fox, rabbits, squirrel, deer and raccoon.

      The trails are open to equestrians, hikers and mountain bikes. Please observe proper trail etiquette when using these trails.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
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      Access Info:
      Cliff Cave Park is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in South St. Louis County. Take I-255 to Telegraph road. Go south on Telegraph 1.7 miles to Cliff Cave road. Go left on Cliff Cave road and continue approx. 1 mile into park.
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      Total Distance
      11 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      6 miles
      Total Descent
      1,231 ft
      Total Vertical
      235 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      639 ft
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      Photos of Cliff Cave Mountain Bike

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      Jun 25, 2018 @ 3:51am
      Jun 25, 2018
      Spring Valley (Inner Loop)
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      Jun 25, 2018 @ 3:51am
      Jun 25, 2018
      Spring Valley (Inner Loop)
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      Feb 28, 2018 @ 3:32pm
      Feb 28, 2018
      Spring Valley (Outer Loop)
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      Jul 10, 2016 @ 7:03am
      Jul 10, 2016
      Old Spring Valley, St. Louis
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      Jul 10, 2016 @ 7:03am
      Jul 10, 2016
      Old Spring Valley, St. Louis
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