LaBarque Creek Conservation Area is a 639 acre natural area in Jefferson County that is managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. It features rugged, forested hills and steep, narrow valleys, canyons, bluffs, and shelter caves carved into St. Peter sandstone. Recreational opportunities in this area include bird watching, hiking, hunting, outdoor photography, and wildlife viewing. The sandstone cliffs and outcroppings provide scenic views. The seasonal waterfalls are unique in the St. Louis area. The creek is beautiful and clear and home to 44 species of fish.
Trail: LaBarque Creek Trail is a 3-mile primative trail loop, listed as moderate in difficulty on the MDC website. If the ground is wet it may be muddy and slippery, especially up and down steep hills. However, the soil is sandy from the St. Peters Sandstone that runs through the area.
Directions: from Eureka, take Highway 109 south. Take Route FF to Route F. At the intersection go left approximately 100 feet and turn right onto Doc Sargent Road. Drive about 0.5 mile to Valley Drive and turn left. Parking lot will be on the right.