Green Rock/Round House Loop trails, Rockwoods Range

Distance: 5-6 mi (8-9.5 km)
Location: Eureka, Missouri
Date: June 2, 2012

A stream along the Greenrock Trail

The Rockwoods Range is a Missouri Conservation Area located southwest of St. Louis in Eureka. There are over 7 miles of hiking trails in its 1,388 acres, including a portion of the 14.5 mile Green Rock Trial. All trails in the park except for the Greenrock Trail are also open to horseback riding and mountain biking. The park is in the Ozark Foothills, so there are a lot of hills and a bit of up and down elevation change in the park.

Greenrock Trail

For my hike I began at the Fox Creek Parking Lot and hiked the Green Rock Trail to the Roundhouse Memorial (see here for complete map). The memorial marks the location at the top of a hill of the home of A.P. Greensfelder, the man who donated this land to the state. This trail begins by following a streambed with some nice outcroppings before reaching the top of a hill. After this there is some going up and down on the trail, but overall it is not too steep.

Roundhouse Memorial

From the Roundhouse Memorial I hiked the Round House Loop Trail to the Fox Creek Spur and back to the parking lot. This section began by descending slowly into a valley and then following that valley for a while. It then climbed back up a ridge before turning down the ridge to the parking lot. Nearly all of the hike is heavily forested except for a few areas where mid-sized trees have come into clearings.

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