Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trail of the Week Special; Happy Birthday Rockwoods Reservation

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trail of the Week Special; Happy Birthday Rockwoods Reservation

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Rockwoods Reservation, 1,880 acres of Missouri's oldest conservation area, and among the most popular hiking areas near St. Louis, celebrates 75 years this month.

Where * Wildwood. Interstate 44 to Highway 109, four miles north to Woods Avenue, west to Glencoe Road. Watch the signs for Rockwoods Reservation. Also accessible from Highway 100 south.

When * Commemorative events 1 to 9 p.m. June 27.

Activities include:

* 1 to 5 p.m. history-related, interactive programs: "Living in Rockwoods Wilderness," "Historic Farming," "Rockwoods Forest, Past, Present and Future" and "Buried Treasures of Rockwoods."

* 5 to 7 p.m., a family picnic. Bring your favorite outdoor foods; picnic tables and grills will be provided. The picnic includes photo opportunities with Smokey Bear and the historic Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry Truck.

* 7 to 9 p.m., an Ozark Mountain concert in the Rockwoods Valley featuring folk musicians Cathy Barton, Dave Para, Mike Fraser and Tenley Hansen. Open-air performance on fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar, and vocal harmonies.

Hikers journal * The conservation area has seven trails totaling about 13 miles. Going off trail is allowed into the area's interior, but not overnight camping without a permit. It's adjacent to some of the more rugged back country in St. Louis County including Greensfelder County Park and nearby Rockwoods Range. Trails include, with varying difficulties:

* Wildlife Habitat Trail, 300 yards, easy and handicapped accessible. …

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