My wife and I had a couple of hours to kill recently while in the St. Louis area, so she suggested we go to Lone Elk Park. She grew up in St. Louis and remembered traveling there for field trips. I had never heard of the park and thought she was pulling my leg when she told me there are bison and elk herds there. So we started the drive-through and greatly enjoyed the scenery. There is a nice lake with occasional waterfowl. The drive itself is worth the trip from the city just for the escape to nature. As we neared the end of the drive, I saw an elk ahead of us. It turned out to be a mother with her newborn. We sat in our car for a few minutes watching them with no disturbance from other visitors. We decided to let them go about their business, satisfied with the distant view of the mother and her calf. Just a couple of minutes later, we were surprised to come upon two large stags lying right beside the road. They seemed to be accustomed to the traffic and didn't seem bothered by our presence at all. I snapped a couple of pictures from the safety of my drivers seat and drove on.
I would definitely recommend a drive through Lone Elk Park for someone needing an escape from the city, or for the nature lover travelling through St. Louis. For those on a budget, it is totally free; and for those with children, they would love seeing the wildlife.
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