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Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

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Cryptic_Tourist wrote a review Oct 11
Saint Louis, Missouri392 contributions68 helpful votes
My husband and I did every trail in about an hour, so if you’re in good shape it won’t be much of a challenge. But!! Coming here with kids would be excellent as most kids would be able to do these trails with no issue. The visitors center is still closed and so are the restrooms - but - they do have portapotties.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Richard G wrote a review Mar 2020
Kirkwood, Missouri98 contributions13 helpful votes
This is a great place to go with the family and walk the trails and visit the center. Especially with the nice weather. I'm not sure if it is open with the virus situation, but when things break it is nice just to take a walk and check out God's creations.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Pennsynative wrote a review Feb 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri78 contributions32 helpful votes
The Missouri Department of Conservation is the best. Powder Valley is located in St. Louis County, but you feel you are in the woods. Three hiking trails, one of them Wheelchair Accessible. Small indoor exhibit/education center with restrooms.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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LoveBeaches1017 wrote a review Feb 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri176 contributions50 helpful votes
The Nature Center is great with a wonderfully helpful staff. The children's section downstairs has lots of hands-on activities for the kids. The upstairs has the information desk, a small gift shop, aquariums with animals (salamanders, snakes, turtles) and large windows looking out on a group of bird feeders. We walked on the 1-1/5 mile Hickory Ridge Trail which runs along a creek most of the time. There were several bridges, some (3?) steep climbs uphill and one steep downhill. There are many benches (I think 10) on the trail for resting or listening to the birds. With the trail being asphalt, you don't have to worry about taking a hike after a rain. Hope to go back in the spring. And it's all free.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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baseballover wrote a review Jan 2020
Florissant, Missouri243 contributions24 helpful votes
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Whether you are visiting St. Louis, live here, or maybe especially if you need a break from a road trip, go to Powder Valley Nature Center! It's right near where Highway 270 and 44 come together in Southwest St. Louis County, and it is a great place to stretch your legs and let the kids have some fun. While it IS a great place for kids, especially the nature center (where they can hear, see and touch things), adults can get something out of it, too. I really enjoyed seeing some of live Missouri native fish, and getting up close and personal, through the glass, with some snapping turtles. Quite handsome devils! They have several trails, the longest being 1-1/5 miles, and all of the trails are paved. Hickory Ridge Trail, the longest, is paved but not handicapped accessible, I suppose because it is very steep in places and has occasional uneven pavement. These woods are right next to Highway 270 and 44, so it was a bit strange to be in the middle of nature and hear the roar of the highway, but it is a great place to be IN nature and also be close to civilization. Parking is right near all the trailheads, and there are restrooms in the nature center, and in the little building next to it. The nature center building is open every day but Sunday and Monday, 8 to 5, and the grounds are open every day from 8 to 8 (the brochure says 8 to 6 during daylight savings). All of the volunteers that I talked to were very helpful and knowledgeable, and were even able to tell me about the Emmenegger Nature Park across the highway, which is also part of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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