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Babler State Park

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This is a great short trail for a quick afternoon bike, with an amazing finish. Babler only allows biking on the designated 2-mile bike trail (packed earth with some gravel) and on paved roads, which makes this a great road-biking site. My favorite route in the park starts with the bike trail and then returns via the road to the start point. You get a nice dose of forest riding on the bike trail, then enjoy a leisurely road bike back the rest of the way. The best part is an enormous downhill at the end - you can roar down the hill and squeal to a stop right at your car. What a finish! Cross the bridge at the lot and you join the bike trail about 1/4 mi. from its N end; take a right and enjoy a nice 1.75 mi ride through the woods on a lovely, well-marked trail. Some ascents, but nothing too severe, and lots of hiking trails veer off for on-foot explorations. You emerge at the park''s campground, where the road portion starts; take a left to exit the campground. This takes you to a STEEP uphill (I have to walk it, but I''m a wussy) then brings you back to the visitor center. Follow your original route from there back to the parking lot, incorporating the screaming downhill.
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Trail Directions
From St. Louis, take I-44 W to Eureka (near Six Flags). Take Hwy 109 N to a left at Road "BA", and follow this into the park; the entrance will be on your left and clearly marked with large stone pillars. When you enter the park, drive past the visitor center, go right at the road fork and descend a long hill (the same hill you'll finish with!) to a small parking lot on the right.
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4-ish Miles
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Paved Path
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