White Bison Trail-Lone Elk County Park

Valley Park, Missouri 63088

White Bison Trail-Lone Elk County Park

White Bison Trail-Lone Elk County Park Professional Guide

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"is an interesting park with a peculiar past that offers a memorable day trip for hikers in and around St. Louis. Part of a large cattle operation in the 1800s, the area that now makes up Lone Elk County Park was purchased by the Military Department in 1941 and used as an ammunition depot until the end of World War II. After the war the area was declared a surplus and the park was taken over by St. Louis County Parks. Taking advantage of the 8-foot-tall perimeter fence, the new park was stocked with ten elk from Yellowstone National Park. In 1951 the park was taken over by the Department of the Army and used once again for military purposes.

By the end of the 1950s, the herd had grown to more than one hundred elk and was beginning to run out of food. With winter approaching, it was decided that all the elk would be exterminated and the meat donated to local hospitals. One lone bull escaped this fate and roamed the hills alone for several years."

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Best Hikes Near St. Louis (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner
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"Herds of elk and buffalo are undoubtedly an unc ommon occurrence in St. L ouis County, yet a trip to Lone Elk County Park can offer wildlife lovers sightings of both. The White Bison Trail presents wildlife-viewing opportunities rarely seen in this par t of the country." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: St. Louis (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler
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"Herds of elk and buffalo are undoubtedly an uncommon occurrence in St. Louis County, yet a trip to Lone Elk County Park can offer wildlife lovers sightings of both. The White Bison Trail presents wildlife viewing opportunities rarely seen in this part of the country. Lone Elk County Park, an interesting park with a peculiar past, makes a memorable day trip for hikers in and around St. Louis. Today hikers in Lone Elk County Park can expect to see elk, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, and bison. The forest is a typical Missouri hardwood mix, full of oaks and hickories. Visitors who want to extend their trip can visit the World Bird Sanctuary to see bald eagles, hawks, owls, and more." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis (Menasha Ridge Press)
Steve Henry
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"While exploring Lone Elk Park on the White Bison Trail, you’ll probably hike right past the park’s elk and deer herds; in the neighboring World Bird Sanctuary, you’ll see eagles, owls, and myriad other birds. Bring your camera and binoculars!" Read more

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8/3/2009
Took the kids on this trail. Its pretty well maintained and well marked. We had a blast!!
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8/20/2003
The Chubb Trail offers a lot for the hiker: great views, challenging climbs, and lots of trees to shade you. It starts with a steady climb upward, and rewards you with a picnic table at a crossroads where hikers, bikers and riders can gather for a moment and exchange tips. There is a descent over rocks that is easy going down. Now, while I really don't care for multi-use trails all that much, the bikers who head UP this trail get a lot of respect from me. I like the walk through the prairie, although it can be hot in the summer. Then, you are rewarded with a hike along the Meramec River. It's a varied trail that sees a lot of use. I suggest hikers begin very early to avoid being run down by the bikes, and shoved off the trail by the horses. Seems to me we wake up earlier than bikers and a LOT earlier than horseback riders. There are a couple of views that make this trail worthwhile to me. One is the view over the prairie just as you begin to descend down the rocks,and the other is if you double back on the southern loop towards the parking lot with the showers. Most of the year you can pause at a bench and you get a view of farmland that is positively bucolic. We hikers live for glimpses of our homeland that escape us in our cars. The Chubb Trail is a great trail. Enjoy it.
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Trail Information

Valley Park
Nearby City
3.0
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Lone Elk County Park, 1 Lone Elk Park Rd., Valley Park, MO 63088; (314) 615-4386; www.stlouisco.com/ParksandRecreation/Trails/LoneElkTrails
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Dec 2018