MDC invites public to explore Busch Conservation Area during fall hayride event Oct. 11

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St. CHARLES, Mo.— Now that autumn has arrived, it’s time to start thinking about fall traditions. One of the season’s most popular is taking a hayride.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is holding a Nature’s Carnival fall hayride event at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles Friday evening, Oct. 11, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages. No advanced registration is required.

More than just a hayride, it will be an evening full of nature inspired activities. Rides will last 30 minutes, and boarding will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Trips will repeat approximately each half hour during the three-hour event. The route will travel some of the area’s little-used service roads that are closed to public vehicles. Riders will experience a unique perspective during the evening on the 7,000-acre Busch Conservation Area’s out-of-the-way places.

Before or after the ride, participants can enjoy the nature carnival atmosphere and play nature inspired games at the visitor center.

Visitors should dress for the weather and are welcome to bring their own blankets to use on the hayride.

The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located at 2360 Highway D in St. Charles, about two miles west of Highway 94.