Rockwoods Reservation

Flash flooding on August 26 resulted in the loss of several foot bridges and damage to roads and trails. The area is open, but several trails were re-routed to bypass damaged bridges. MDC appreciates your cooperation in not going around barricades and into areas posted as closed.

The following trails are closed:
1. Wildlife Habitat Trail

The following trails are open but re-routed
1. Trail Among the Trees
2. Rock Quarry - Long Loop

The Green Rock Trail is open, but expect several areas with downed trees and debris.

About this Area

For more information call
(636) 441-4554
Total Acres

Rockwoods Reservation is in western St. Louis County. It was established in 1938 by a group of St. Louis businessmen headed by A.P. Greensfelder. Other gifts and purchases have increased the area to its present size of 1,880 acres.
Today, Rockwoods Reservation is operated as an area for conservation education, hiking, wildlife viewing, and other outdoor recreation. We encourage day-use by the general public, school groups, and organizations.
Rockwoods Reservation harbors a rich diversity of plant and animal life as well as springs, caves, and rock formations. Cool, moist, north facing ravines and lush creek bottoms contrast with the nearby arid, rocky ridge tops, and south slopes. The terrain is reminiscent of the Ozark hills and, indeed, many plants and animals found in hill country are also found here. Although located near metropolitan St. Louis, raccoons, opossums, turkeys, deer, fox, songbirds, chipmunks, and snakes are common here.
Projects to control invasive exotic plants and other management practices are used to maintain and increase the wildlife population on the area.
Rockwoods Reservation has a fascinating cultural history dating back to the late 1700s, when trappers passed through the valley on their way to sell furs in the new settlement of St. Louis. In 1800, Ninian Hamilton received a Spanish land grant and started a small farm here with his family. Hamilton Creek, which flows through Rockwoods, is named after him. Observant visitors will be able to find remnants of extensive limestone, clay and gravel quarrying.
Developers once attempted to subdivide the land for home sites, but the project failed because of the inadequate road system.
The Conservation Education Center contains exhibits and information about the forest, fish, and wildlife resources of Missouri. Programs are available by advance registration for school field trips and other organized groups. The area also includes about 13 miles of foot trails of varying length and difficulty.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
    • Designated Camping Sites,
    • Special Use Permit Required
  • Trails
    • Biking,
    • Hiking
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Picnic Area (Disabled Accessible)Picnic Area (Disabled Accessible)
  • Picnic AreaPicnic Area
  • PrivyPrivy
  • Hiking Trail (Disabled Accessible)Hiking Trail (Disabled Accessible)
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • Hike / Bike TrailHike / Bike Trail
  • BoundaryBoundary

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Open sunrise to one-half hour after sunset daily.
Building Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Truman Day
Washington's Birthday
New Years Day
Thanksgiving Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Memorial Day
Lincoln Day
Labor Day
Independence Day
Columbus Day
Christmas Day
In Wildwood from Highway 100, take Highway 109 south for 2 miles, then Woods Avenue west 50 yards, and Glencoe Road north to Rockwoods.
Area Regulations

Rockwoods Reservation

Wooden footbridge at Rockwoods Reservation
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Hills at Rockwoods Reservation
Rockwoods Reservation

Rockwoods Reservation

Woods at Rockwoods Reservation
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Rockwoods Reservation

pale blue flowers at Rockwoods Reservation
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