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