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at Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

Radiant Trail

  • Bicycling/Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

Length: 2.5 Miles View map

Radiant Trail’s name comes from a favorite poem of John Bothwell, whose lodge is the main feature of the historic site. Bothwell loved nature and believed in living a radiant and useful life for others. To this end, he bequeathed his home and grounds to the state of Missouri in hopes that future generations could also enjoy nature’s radiance at his beloved Stonyridge property. The trail was completed in 2006 by volunteers, including Boy Scouts and local biking enthusiasts. 

While hiking or bicycling on the trail’s natural surface of dirt and rocks, users may experience slippery surfaces, shifting rocks, mud and roots along the trail and occasional water over the trail. Halfway along the loop, there is a bench next to a quiet pond that makes a great resting place. The trail crosses the park road in two locations.

On this trail, users will encounter steep grades and inclines more than 10 percent and bridges and/or structural crossings.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
2.5 Miles 1 hour, 55 minutes Loop Yellow By the day-use picnic area

Stonyridge Trail

  • Hiking

Length: .50 Mile View map

Stonyridge Trail follows the original driveway of Bothwell Lodge’s owner, John Homer Bothwell.  Built in the early twentieth century, the original driveway led from Marshall Road (old Highway 65) up to the top of Stonyridge Bluff and Bothwell’s stone lodge. There are two stone structures built by Bothwell in the early 1900s that are located along the trail – The Gypsy Camp and the Gazebo. Though the Gypsy Camp is equipped with a fireplace no fires are allowed.

While hiking on the natural tread of rock and dirt, hikers may encounter rocks, mud, roots, shifting stones, slippery surfaces and occasional water over trail. There are also physically challenging obstacles and steep inclines more than10 percent. There are two small foot bridges along trail spurs and a drop-off next to the trail that is part of an old limestone quarry.

Length Estimated Hiking Time Type Blazes Trailhead
.50 Mile 30 minutes Loop Red By the park office/lodge and parking area