Forest 44 Conservation Area offers a unique opportunity for urban dwellers to escape the rigors of the city and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Several springs feed Williams Creek, which flows along the eastern portion of the area. Flowering dogwood and redbud trees add to the area’s natural beauty, especially in the springtime. Hiking, wildlife viewing, and horseback riding are popular activities.
Dogwood Trail = moderate, 2.2 miles
Multi-Use Trail system = moderate, hiking & equestrain approved; 11.8 miles
Losing Steam Trail = easy, disabled accessible, 0.4 miles
The Losing Steam Trail starts out very easy – paved – along a shady creek. Walkers can continue on to the Dogwood Ridge Nature Trail which is an approximately 2-mile loop that climbs a pretty steep grade to a ridge. Once at the top of the hill, walkers can go along a ridge and then come back down to the creek and paved trail.
ALERT: The conservation area is next to Kraus Farms Horse Stable and often there are horses and riders in or near the Forest 44 parking lot.
Directions: from I-44 westbound, take Exit 272 for MO-Hwy. 141 south. Turn left on Hwy. 141. Make the second right (at the light) on Meramec Station Rd. Drive approx. 1 mile and make a left on to Hillsboro Road. Forest 44 parking lot will be approx. 2/10 mile ahead on the right. Turn into the parking lot immediately after passing Kraus Farms Horse Stable.
The address listed is the Kraus Farms Horse Stable address.