Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trail of the Week; River Des Peres Greenway Rebuilt

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trail of the Week; River Des Peres Greenway Rebuilt

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Great Rivers Greenway on Thursday opens its rebuilt segment of the River des Peres Greenway, improving one of the more popular paths in the city.

Where * From the Shrewsbury/Lansdowne MetroLink Station at Lansdowne Avenue to Alabama Avenue near Interstate 55.

How long * The new section is 3 miles; the length of the River des Peres Greenway is 5.5 miles; a total of 11 miles out and back.

Difficulty * Flat, easy, concrete, wide.

Can be used for * Walking, jogging, bicycling, in-line skating.

Hiker's journal * Great Rivers Greenway has widened the new segment and planted a wall of native plants for water management and scenery along the path. The design offers access to the Shrewsbury/ Lansdowne MetroLink station. The district also incorporated many green features into the trail's redesign, including native plantings, bio swales for water management, and a "living wall" located at the intersection of Chippewa Avenue and River des Peres Boulevard. The path is especially bicycle friendly and includes areas where children can learn to ride and the rules of riding. While it's already in use, the new path officially opens Thursday.

Disability access * Excellent.

Facilities * Nearby facilities, but not on the trail. Water and restrooms at Fultz Field between Gravois Avenue and Morganford Road.

Dogs * On leash.

Information * greatriversgreenway.org or 314-436-7009.

TRAIL NOTES

A walk in the woods

What * Hike the 2.2-mile Rock Quarry Trail. Search for wildflowers and listen for spring songbirds and learn the history of Rockwoods Reservation.

When * 9:20 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10.

Where * Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road, Wildwood.

Ages * Families.

Difficulty * Moderate nature walk, natural surface, some hills.

How much * Free, reservations required.

Reservations/information * 636-458-2236.

Pickle Springs Natural Area destination hike

What * Hike among sandstone canyons, hills, waterfalls, and forests. Search for wild azaleas and other spring wildflowers, sandstone formations and scenic views. …

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