60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis
by Steve Henry (Menasha Ridge Press)
© 2010 Steve Henry/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
Whoa there! I would like to know who wrote the Trails.com description of Emmenegger Nature Park, as it is truly inappropriate to project a paved trail through the unspoiled, never-developed riverfront of this beautiful park. Riverfronts are natural wildlife corridors, it is disruptive to the flow of wildlife to pave them and introduce ongoing human activity, especially in such highly populated areas where wildlife have no other safe alternative routes for passage. Moreover, Emmenegger itself is a biological gem, with 5+ natural communities, 2 creeks, a plethora of wildflowers, butterflies, mushrooms, so rich in botanical and wildlife diversity that local instructors bring students there to learn about Ozark ecology. Emmenegger was closed to bike use in 1998 because its natural assets were being destroyed by mountain bike abuse. To lift that ban and pave the riverfont for the sake of the continuous trail described in the Trails.com blurb would mean the ruination of the biological treasure that is Emmenegger Nature Park.
Enjoy the trails that are there, as is. Don't be greedy for a destructive manifest destiny.
NO ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN EMMENEGGER NATURE PARK!
Great trip of the paved path. Plenty of shade, the path was clearly marked yet not commercial or over crowded. Peaceful.
The trail is GREAT!!! lots of nature to see, the views from the bluffs are great too.there are many steep paths, giving a good cardio work-out... one word of CAUTION.... there are snakes.... I almost stepped on a copperhead last evening... be aware while hiking the unpaved paths... they are heavily traveled, but snakes are present.
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