• Hikes,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Find Caves and Waterfalls at Kress Farm Garden Preserve

    Kress Farm Garden Preserve is a hidden gem in Hillsboro, Missouri. The 142 acres preserve is dedicated to maintaining native plants and wildlife habitat under a conservation easement through Ozark Land Trust. The preserve features gardens, fields, forests, wildlife habitats, streams, and scenic bluffs. Volunteers work daily to maintain this scenic place for all to enjoy. The preserve features four different hiking trails plus a trail that combines several of the trails together. All are of easy to moderate difficulty.…

  • Hikes,  Illinois,  Kids

    Giant City State Park – Devil’s Standtable and Indian Creek Nature Trails

    Giant City State Park is one of the best state parks in all of Illinois. The park is filled with huge and rugged rock formations. All of the trails have something to offer, but two of the shortest and most kid-friendly trails at the park are the Devil’s Standtable Trail and the Indian Creek Shelter Nature Trail. Devil’s Standtable Trail Distance: 0.25 mile loop Difficulty: 2/5. Short and very mild inclines. Scenic Value: 4/5. While the standtable is interesting, the huge…

  • Hikes,  Illinois,  Kids

    Waterfalls and Wildflowers at Rocky Bluff Trail

    The Rocky Bluff Trail can be found at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge near Marion, Illinois. The refuge is a popular spot for fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing. A pass is required to visit, but it’s only $2. There are six different hiking trails within the refuge. The Rocky Bluff Trail passes the most spectacular spots a the refuge including wet weather waterfalls, cliffs, and stunning wildflowers. Rocky Bluff Trail Distance: 2.2 mile loop. You can also take…

  • Hikes,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

    Back in Civil War times, the area near Powder Valley was full of caves. Federal forces stockpiled gunpowder in these caves to blow up bridges if the Confederate army attempted to invade St. Louis by way of the Meramec River. Now interstate 270 covers where the caves were and peaceful Powder Valley Conservation Area is full of nature instead of gunpowder. Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center covers 112 acres of oak hickory forest tucked away near the hustle of the…

  • Hikes,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Take a Paved Nature Walk on the Rock Hollow Trail

    If you are looking for an easier walk or a good non-muddy trail after a rain, check out the Rock Hollow Trail in Wildwood, Missouri. Part of the St. Louis area Great Rivers Greenway Trail network, this path is great for walking or biking. During the spring, the trail is one of the area’s hotspots for viewing bluebell flowers. Rock Hollow Trail Distance: 2.3 mile each way, out and back Difficulty: 2/5. Wide and paved, but has a hill heading…