Turkey Ridge Trail, Rockwoods Reservation

Distance: 2.0 mi (3.2 km)
Location: Wildwood, Missouri
Date: August 6, 2012

The Turkey Ridge Trail along the initial ascent

After hiking the Rock Quarry Trail, I hiked the Turkey Ridge Trail, a two mile loop in Rockwoods Reservation (see map here). This was the last of the trails in Rockwoods Reservation that I hiked, but it is the easiest to access with a trailhead just off of Missouri Route 109 on Woods Avenue.

The trail begins by passing through a grove of tall, planted pines and then briefly entering an area of early successional forest. If you hike the trail clockwise, the trail steadily gains about 250 feet in elevation over the course of nearly a mile. This first part of the trail wasn't the greatest because it was constantly within earshot of the busy road.

The trail along the ridge

But once on top of the hill, the trail passes through oak forests with several benches along the trail. The trail then descends 150 feet into a hollow with fairly large trees before again ascending 150 feet up a hill and then back down to the trailhead. Along the final descent you pass some areas with large exposed rocks.

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