Weldon Spring Conservation Area Lewis Trail

Charles, Missouri

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This loop hike takes you through the Weldon Spring Conservation Area at the northern tip of the Ozark Plateau. Towering limestone bluffs offering excellent views of the Missouri River, an abundance of wildlife, and easy access from Saint Louis combine to make for an ideal day trip. Located in Saint Charles County, the 8,359-acre Weldon Spring Conservation Area offers a variety of natural features, including large plots of forests, tall limestone bluffs, wetlands, glades, pastures, and some agricultural lands. This combination of habitats makes for a diverse collection of flora and fauna in the area, despite a close proximity to the city.
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by JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner (Falcon Guides)

This loop hike takes you through the Weldon Spring Conservation Area at the northern tip of the Ozark Plateau. Towering limestone bluffs offering excellent views of the Missouri River, an abundance of wildlife, and easy access from Saint Louis combine to make for an ideal day trip.

Located in Saint Charles County, the 8,359-acre Weldon Spring Conservation Area offers a variety of natural features, including large plots of forests, tall limestone bluffs, wetlands, glades, pastures, and some agricultural lands. This combination of habitats makes for a diverse collection of flora and fauna in the area, despite a close proximity to the city.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Charles
Distance: 8.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Missouri Department of Conservation, St. Louis Regional Office, 2360 Highway D, St. Charles, MO 63304; (636) 441-4554; mdc.mo.gov
Local Maps: USGS Weldon Spring; park map and brochure available at the visitor center
Driving Directions: Directions to Weldon Spring Conservation Area: Lewis Trail

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