Learn more about native tree species on the new Tree Trail in Queeny Park.Photo courtesy St. Louis County Parks.
Native trees take the spotlight on a new trail now open in Queeny Park. The Native Tree Trail is designed to be an interactive experience that introduces visitors to 21 different native tree species.
Following signage and a brochure, trail users can explore the wooded trail, learning to identify the types of trees along the way. The project, which was made possible by a partnership among St. Louis County Parks, Missouri Department of Conservation and Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, is designed to help visitors understand the benefits of trees and their impact on the economy. The trail offers three different lengths. The short trail is 1 mile, intermediate is 1.5 miles, and long is 2.3 miles. Queeny Park is located at 550 Weidman Rd. and 1675 South Mason Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63131.
Trail users will also have a new trail to explore this spring in Bridgeton. Great Rivers Greenway is celebrating a 3.15-mile extension of the Earth City Levee Trail with a grand opening and fitness walk Wednesday, April 27 from 9-11 a.m.
The extension completes a 5-mile loop through Bridgeton’s Riverwoods Walk and runs parallel to the Earth City Levee to Highway 370. The trail provides views of the Missouri River and a closer look at Missouri’s wetlands. The grand opening was originally scheduled for summer 2015 but was postponed due to flooding.
“Join us and our partners at the City of Bridgeton and the Earth City Levee District to celebrate this expanded greenway,” says Susan Trautman, Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway. “Along with beautiful Missouri River views comes the potential for flooding. After two significant flood events last year, this expanded outdoor space is ready to welcome people of all ages and abilities to experience nature, the river, and the abundant wildlife found in the wetland forest. People can also take advantage of the sunshine and wide-open vistas on the paved greenway along the Earth City Levee.”