Lone Elk Park is a 546-acre wildlife management area that immerses you with the beauty of nature. It’s a great place to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Among the animals you can find are bison, wild turkey, waterfowl, elk and deer. It has an interesting history, which you can read about here
The park is completely drivable as it’s one big loop around the park. So even for non-hikers, this park is amazing to drive around in. For hikers, there are 3 hiking trails in the park (see the guide here).
The visitor’s center is probably where you’ll see the most elks, or at least I did. Most of the elks were just in that area surrounding the visitor’s center which is perfect since there is ample parking to stop and get nice pictures. Beware though as the ground is littered with elk poop! There’s also a sign when it’s elk mating season, and from what I read it usually occurs during Fall.
In my visit, I got to spot elks, deers and raccoons. There is a White Bison Trail but we didn’t spot any when we drove by.
As this place is vast with beautiful views, I suggest catching the sunset here as well.
Lone Elk Park
I-44 North Outer Road west of Highway 141
1 Lone Elk Park Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63088
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