Fallen Oak Trail Near St. Charles, MO
Today my family and I hiked the Fallen Oak Trail in the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles County, Missouri. The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area or Busch Wildlife as it is more commonly referred to, is 6,987 acres of wilderness in St. Charles County, Missouri. It is an opportunity to get away from it all close to home. 3,000 of those acres are forests inhabited by a large range of animals that are natural to Missouri. Another 550 of those acres are fishable lakes and ponds.
To get to Busch Wildlife take Highway 40 to Highway 94. Take Highway 94 South to Route D. Make a right on Route D and the entrance to Busch Wildlife will be about 1.5 miles down on your right. The address to Busch Wildlife is 2360 Highway D, Weldon Springs, MO 63304.
Today we walked the Fallen Oak Trail for the first time. The entrance is right behind the visitor’s center so it is probably the easiest trail to locate. At 0.70 of a mile it is a short, easily walkable trail. The trail loops back around so you will end up where you started. The trail is paved with asphalt and reserved for hiking only. Although this trail could easily be biked, it is prohibited. I assume it is not allowed because the trail is only about 3 feet wide so bikers passing hikers could be nearly impossible.
The trail is entirely through the forest. Sounds of animals rustling, birds, the wind, and our footsteps were all we could hear. There was no one else on the trail and the highway was far enough away that we could not hear the sounds of any cars. While there was evidence that several streams run near the trail all of them were dry at the moment as it has been an extremely dry summer in Missouri. Surprisingly the forests were still fairly green and we could hear life moving around us. I will definitely want to visit the trail again in the fall when the leaves change colors as well as on a nice spring day when the streams are flowing.
Since the trail is paved and short, with rolling hills this is an easy hike for anyone. This would be a great hike for a family with small children. Little legs should be able to handle the length and terrain.