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Rockwoods Reservation, Wildwood

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Rockwoods Reservation is a 1,843 acres (746 ha) state forest and wildlife conservation area in St. Louis County, Missouri. It was established in 1938, making it one of the oldest Missouri Department of Conservation areas.

Being located close to a major urban area and in a rapidly developing suburban area increases its significance as a nature reserve. Rockwoods supports a diverse array of native plant and animal life and contains geologically interesting rock formations and ecologically important springs and caves. Rockwoods Reservation is not a pristine wilderness untouched by human hands, however; remnants of extensive former limestone, clay and gravel quarrying operations are hidden in the dense second growth hardwood forest. Most of the original forest was clearcut to feed lime kilns.

Rockwoods Reservation adjoins St. Louis County's 1,724 acres (698 ha) Greensfelder County Park to the south, which itself abuts the state's 1,388 acres (562 ha) Rockwoods Range Conservation Area. Taken together, these three parcels constitute a contiguous green belt of almost 5,000 acres (2,000 ha). The 14.5-mile (23.3 km) Greenrock Trail is a hiking trail that crosses all three areas with one terminus in Rockwoods Reservation.

There are six trails in Rockwoods Reservation:

Wildlife Habitat Discovery Trail 0.1 miles (0.16 km)

Rock Quarry Trail - 2.2 miles (3.5 km)

Trail Among the Trees - 1.5 miles (2.4 km)

Lime Kiln Trail - 3.2 miles (5.1 km)

Green Rock Trail - 3.6 miles (5.8 km) of the trail's 14.5 miles (23.3 km)

Turkey Ridge Trail - 2 miles (3.2 km)
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  • The deer were celebrating the 4th of July. A family of llamas live next door, wo check them out, too. Also stop by the Education Center in the park, and press the button to hear some messages from.....  more
    The deer were celebrating the 4th of July. A family of llamas live next door, wo check them out, too. Also stop by the Education Center in the park, and press the button to hear some messages from.....  more »
  • Decided to take a weekend hike around Wildwood mo. Found Rockwoods reservation with several hiking options. Head towards the park office for many trail heads. Took Rock quarry trail short loop. 1... 
    Decided to take a weekend hike around Wildwood mo. Found Rockwoods reservation with several hiking options. Head towards the park office for many trail heads. Took Rock quarry trail short loop. 1...  more »
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  • I only go this park once or twice a year, as it is rather far from me. The is a rather big one, and thus I haven't seen all of it. I may never see all of it because I tend to prefer the back of the park. Parking is plentiful. Everything here is we kept. Haven't really dealt with the visitor center, but there doesn't appear to be a lot for the kids to do. There are several hills, so this isn't the park for all hikers. There are cool caves, but they are off limits. Depending on the time of year that you go there are some good spot for some good photography, as it looks good all year round. It has a neat stream. And there are quite a few hidden years if you know where to look.
  • Cool place, very hilly!

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