"The Forest 44 Conservation Area is located in west St. Louis County and is just minutes off of I-44. Purchased in 1990, the area was once part of a 10,000-acre cattle ranch. Now, the 1,008-acre area is home to hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, a shooting range, and wildlife viewing.
Numerous springs flow into Williams Creek, which flows along the eastern edge of the conservation area. The creek, forest, hollows, and prairies make for an ideal habitat for many of the animals and birds in the area. Hikers are likely to see songbirds, deer, and wild turkeys during their hike here. Some hikers have claimed that they have spotted minks and herons in the area."