Lime Kiln Trail, Rockwoods Reservation

Distance: 3.2 mi (5.1 km)
Location: Wildwood, Missouri
Date: June 3, 2012

Lime kiln

The Rockwoods Reservation is a Missouri Conservation Area in Wildwood, Missouri north of Eureka and west of the Rockwoods Range. There are 9.5 miles of hiking trails in the park, the longest of which is the 3.2 mile long Lime Kiln Loop Trail. The area has hilly terrain, but most of the trails are fairly flat and are still enjoyable.

Small valley along the trail

I hiked the Lime Kiln Loop clockwise beginning at the Lime Kiln Trailhead. This trial is named after the 40 ft tall stone kiln at the trailhead that was built in 1856 and used to burn limestone to create powder for mortar. The trail begins by following a stream along the road and at one point goes by a spring flowing out from under a rock ledge. After turning uphill the trail enters a small valley where I saw several hawks before I reached the ridge above. The trail continues to follow the ridge with only small amounts of elevation gain back towards the trailhead. At the end of the ridge the trail turns downhill to return to the trailhead.

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