One of the oldest Missouri Department of Conservation areas for forest and wildlife preservation, Rockwoods Reservation lives up to its reputation as a zenith for outdoor enthusiasts and naturalists. Its history tracks back to the 1700s when fur trappers passed through to sell their items to a "new settlement" called St. Louis.
Visitors will see remnants of former lime kilns, mining, and quarrying, admist butterfly gardens, prairie fields and feeding birds.
The Conservation Education Center on the property houses exhibits about the state's fish, forests and wildlife. It makes an excellent field trip for scout troops, school groups and other organizations. Advanced registration is preferred.
- Fax: 636-458-6726
- Hours: Special hours apply
- Handicap Accessible: Handicapped access is available in the parking lot, wildlife habitat trails, private restrooms, picnic tables and visitors' center
- Founding Date: 1938
- What makes this community special?: Rockwoods Reservation adjoins St. Louis County's Greensfelder Park to the south, which itself abuts the state's Rockwoods Range Conservation Area. Together, these three parcels make up a contiguous Green Belt of nearly 5,000 acres.
- Parking: Free lot
- Are there any interesting facts about this location?: The 10-mile Greenrock Trail is a hiking trail that crosses all three major green spaces with one terminus in Rockwoods Reservation.
- Features: Benches, Camping, Grills, Picnic pavilions, Picnic tables
- Services: Ranger, Restrooms, Tours
- Permit requirements: Special use for youth camping only; managed deer hunting
- Restrictions: No alcohol, No pets
- Area: 1,880 acres