After The Flood
The Meramec River and the Big River flooded a great deal of farm land and residential areas late in 2016. It was one of the worst floods in many years. We were cut off from many of our favorite walking trails. Even after the waters subsided, the trails were a mess – smelly, muddy, buggy, littered with debris. It took quite a bit of perseverance to find some great places to walk during and after the floods. Here are some we found:
Creve Coeur Memorial Park – not the lake, but in the park above and just to the east of the lake. The trail around the lake itself is fine to walk but I have trouble competing with bikes, strollers, skaters, etc. We discovered several great trails on the bluffs above the lake and have enjoyed investigating them. Bikes are allowed but the trails are mostly soil/mulch with some rock with quite a lot of twists and turns. If you are looking for a difficult workout, there is a staircase that takes one from lake level up the bluff. Going down is fine. Back up is a pretty good challenge. However, we especially enjoy the true trails through the woods.
Phantom Forest/Bittersweet Grove – This is a fairly small but fairly challenging couple of adjoined parks tucked between subdivisions on Barrett Station Road between Daugherty Ferry and Manchester Roads. What a gem! This short walk is perfect for that after work period when you only have a limited time before the sun goes down. The Moore Family donated the Phantom Forest acreage that is hilly and rugged, heavily wooded, and often wet. Mr. Moore drew a comic strip character called the Phantom, hence the name. Attached at the back of Phantom Forest is the entrance to Bittersweet Grove, another small, fairly rugged couple of acres. There is a side trail that goes down to the creek and allows for a bit more trail time. Both are lovely pieces of land that now belong to all of us.
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