Located in Jefferson & St. Louis Counties, the Pacific Palisades Conservation Area is a 695 acre track that is ideal for hiking and exploring off-trail. It is an undeveloped area and the access roads are for hunters and maintenance, but the routes have become popular for use by bird watchers and other nature lovers. This area contains forest, cropland, old fields, 3 miles of Meramec River frontage, sand and gravel pits which provide seasonal fishing. River access is only available from the St. Louis county section. Hunting is allowed only in the Jefferson County section.
Trail: the natural surface trail is Y-shaped and approximately 3 miles, out and back. It’s not an officially designated trail so it’s not well measured, but it does have a few spurs that go to ponds and prairies. The trail is used for hiking only and is described as easy to moderate due to hills with 50-foot rises are at the entrance, then generally flat in the rest of the park.
Alert: The rock quarries sometimes fill with water so use caution in those areas.
Directions: located in both Jefferson County & St. Louis County. The Jefferson County portion is 1.5 miles south of Pacific on Route F, then one-tenth mile east on English Road. Parking is located at the trailhead. The boat ramp is located in St. Louis County off Route 66, which is an outer road of I-44. The access area is located in St. Louis county 800 yds west of Eureka on Franklin Road.