Governor Bates Trail
ElevationAscent: 94' 29 m
Descent: -79' -24 m
High: 639' 195 m
Low: 583' 178 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“A scenic trail with small, rolling hills at Faust County Park.”— St. Louis County Parks
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.
Land Manager: St Louis County, MO - Parks and Recreation