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St. Louis, MO: Emmenegger Nature Park

Escape the hustle of city life on this quiet, 1.4-mile loop in Emmenegger Nature Park that climbs a riverside bluff overlooking the Meramec River.

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Although Emmenegger Nature Park is often overlooked due to it’s proximity to the nearby Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, this 94-acre park offers hikers a scenic escape from St. Louis and picturesque views of the Meramec Valley.
The 1.4-mile route starts at the parking lot and follows the park’s main loop trail to the north. After 200 feet, the path crosses a large bridge, then skirts two wheelchair-accessible loops. The well-defined trail crosses the creek again near mile 0.5 before climbing 100 feet to the top of the riverside bluff. At the top of the bluff, soak up views of the Meramec River and the surrounding valley, then begin a gradual descent (you’ll catch more views on the way down). At the bottom of the hill, turn left to rejoin the paved path toward the trailhead.
Note: This trail can be hiked in either direction, but this counterclockwise route provides a more difficult climb and saves the scenic overlooks above the river for the final stretch.
-Mapped by Bill Yearout

To Trailhead

Take I-44 W to exit 277B. Turn left onto S. Kirkwood Rd. In 0.2 mile, bear right onto Watson Rd. In 0.5 mile, turn right on Geyer Rd. In 0.2 mile, turn left onto Cragwold Rd. In 1 mile, turn left onto Stoneywood Drive. Go 0.5 mile to parking area on the right.

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