Of all our hiking adventures, Don Robinson State Park is by far a family favorite. Read on to see why we think that this location is the perfect family hiking destination near St. Louis!
Don Robinson State Park Favorite Hiking Destination
Early on in quarantine life we ventured out to this wonderland and actually went back a second time several weeks later. It’s on our list to repeat again and again.
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Where To Find This Missouri State Park
You’ll find Don Robinson State Park at 9275 Byrnesville Rd, Cedar Hill, MO 63016. So not too far from St. Louis. Definitely worth the minute drive from our home. Cedar Hill is a city that is near and dear to my heart. During my childhood we had a river lot on the Big River just outside of Cedar Hill. So much cherished family time was spent in that area so it was fun to return with my own family.
There’s actually a unique history with over 800 acres that make up this particular state park. A businessman by the name of Don Robinson made his fortune selling a cleaner on informercials in the 1950’s. He passed away in 2012 and gave the land to the state. In 2017 it was officially opened as a state park.
When you park in the upper lot you’ll be able to see his original home. Today the structure is being restored by donations made.
It’s quite whimsical looking.
Just down from the house is a covered pavilion and viewing area.
Looks like the perfect place to read a book!
At Don Robinson State Park you’ll find two hiking trails. At least the two that are well traveled. There are other break off trails but for a family hike we decided to stick with the trails with a well beaten path. Perhaps one day we will explore deeper into the woods!
Labarque Hills Trail
The Labarque Hills Trail is not quite 2 and a half miles and perfect for family exploring. There are lots of interesting waterways, rock formations, and sandstone caves throughout.
We went on a rainy day (and were rained on), but still had the best time.
Lots to see and explore!
Don Robinson State Park Sandstone Canyon Trail
Our second trip to this unique state park was to do the Sandstone Canyon Trail. That is a long hike. It’s right at 4 miles and we were shocked that our kids were able to do it. The beginning is right around a mile and all paved so there are chances to turn around and not do the entire thing.
Also wheelchair accessible.
What you’ll discover is amazing!
Well worth the 4 miles! We plan to go again and again.
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