One of the best things to do in St. Louis, Missouri, the Lone Elk Park is a 546-acre wildlife management area that immerses you with the beauty of nature. This free park is a great place to see wildlife in their natural habitat.
Did you know? During World War II, Lone Elk Park used to be part of the Tyson Valley Powder Plant.
Some of the animals you can find at the park are bison, wild turkey, waterfowl, elk and deer. It has an interesting history, which you can read about here
Lone Elk 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 trail map).
Make sure you use the restroom at the Visitor’s Center because that is the only place with a restroom, and it’s open year-round.
Travelling Foodie Tip: The best time to see lots of animals is before 8AM when the staff feeds the animals first thing in the morning.
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.
Fishing is allowed at Lone Elk Park but it is only for catch-and-release using artificial lures only, and also requires reservations.
Lone Elk Park
Website / Address: I-44 North Outer Road west of Highway 141, 1 Lone Elk Park Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63088
Hours: Gates open 6:30-7am year-round. Park closes after sunset.