Explore fall colors on Rockwoods Reservation's Lime Kiln Trail Oct. 26

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WILDWOOD, Mo. — Autumn’s brilliant colors are usually at their finest in the St. Louis area by late October. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites you to join MDC naturalists in exploring the season’s splendor at one of the St. Louis area’s premier hiking destinations.

Rockwoods Reservation in Wildwood will host a Fall Colors on the Lime Kiln Trail hike Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.—Noon. Come along with Rockwoods’ naturalists for a guided hike on this popular 3-mile loop trail and learn about how and why leaves change colors in autumn. What factors trigger the incredible transformation? What hidden magic is responsible for the fantastic colors? What hues do different trees display? These are some of the mysteries hikers will discover the answers to on this hike.

Rockwoods Reservation features 1,880 acres of deciduous forest which includes stands of colorful sugar maple trees. The Lime Kiln Trail contains some moderate climbs to overlook spots that should offer an excellent view of the area’s fall foliage. Hiker’s will also see the remains of the area’s historic lime kiln for which the trail is named.

Participants should dress for the weather, wear suitable footwear for hiking on rugged ground, plus bring water and any other hiking essentials they may need. The trail is rated moderate to difficult and may include wet stream crossings.

The Fall Colors on the Lime Kiln Trail hike is free and open to all ages, however advanced online registration is required at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZAH.

Rockwoods Reservation is located at 2751 Glencoe Road, off Highway 109 between I-44 and Highway 100.


MDC offers many free educational events and programs in the St. Louis region to help people discover nature, fishing, hunting, and the outdoors. Stay informed by subscribing to the free monthly Conservation Connections e-newsletter at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZJT.