May 10 - Hike the Hamburg trail and visit nearby wineries

Hike the Hamburg Trail in Weldon Spring Conservation Area.  After the hike we will head down Hwy 94 and visit one of the wineries. 

The meeting place will be the Department of Energy Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center - 7295 S Highway 94 - Saint Charles, MO 63304  --- [masked] [masked]

The center is 2 miles south of the 40/64 exit on highway 94 just past Francis Howell High School on the right side of the road.

There are no restrooms at the site until after 10 am.  The nearest restrooms are at the August A. Bush conservation area 3 miles away.  Plan at least a half an hour before the walk if you need to go there.

After the walk we will go to Sugar Creek Winery.  The reason for selecting Sugar Creek is that they allow you to bring in food or you can get food there. 

http://www.missouribeautiful.com/northeast-missouri-tourism/159-weldon-spring-site-interpretive-center-st-charles-missouri.html

 

Plan on walking between three to four miles.

 

What to bring:

- WATER – THIS IS IMPORTANT ALL YEAR LONG AND ESPECIALLY IN THE WARMER MONTHS. WE WILL USUALLY BE OUT FOR AT LEAST 1 ½ HOURS AND THAT IS TOO LONG TO GO WITHOUT REPLENISHING THE LIQUIDS THAT YOU WILL BE BURNING WHILE WALKING. – I AVOID DRINKING CAFFEINATED BEVERAGES BEFORE WALKING. THE ARE A LOT OF GOOD ARTICLES ABOUT “effects of caffeine and exercise” ON THE Internet OR ASK YOU DOCTOR.

- Dress in layers (not sure what the weather will do). The top couple of layers should be easily unbuttoned or unzipped to allow easy ventilation. Wear a hat.

- I recommend broken in hiking shoes over Tennis shoes. A lot of the trails are over loose gravel and dirt and the treads on the hiking boots work much better.

- Snacks – EAT LIGHTLY BEFORE THE WALK AND BRING A POWER BAR OR SNACK TO MUNCH ON DURING THE WALK.

 

Highlights

This is a mostly forested area with pasture, cropland, and some wetlands and glades. Facilities/features: boat ramp (on the river), hiking trails, fishable lakes and ponds (51 acres total), and a permanent stream (Missouri River). Weldon Spring Hollow Natural Area features 385 acres of upland and bottomland forest, and rugged river breaks topography. Other features include limestone cliffs and bluff escarpments. Katy Trail State Park, a hiking and bicycle trail, passes through the area. There is also Hamburg Trail, which links the Katy Trail to the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area.

 

About This Area

Weldon Spring Conservation Area is in St. Charles County, near the town of Weldon Spring. The area is named after John Weldon, who came to this region in 1796 with a Spanish Land Grant for 425 acres. This acreage included the spring after which Weldon Spring is named. During World War II, the federal government acquired almost 17,000 acres in the area for the construction of a munitions plant. In 1948, all of the property, except the munitions plant, was given to the University of Missouri for an agricultural experiment station. The original purchase by the Conservation Department from the University of Missouri was in 1978 for 7,230 acres. The current acreage for Weldon Spring Conservation Area is 8,359. The acreage is divided into a very diverse array of habitats and natural features. The floods of 1993 and 1995 deposited sand over almost 1,000 acres of agricultural fields. This unique habitat provides almost 1,000 acres of valuable breeding, foraging, and nesting habitat for a variety of birds as well as habitat for other wildlife and invertebrate species. The Weldon Spring Hollow Natural Area is 385 acres of upland and bottomland forest and rugged river breaks topography. Natural features include limestone cliffs and bluff escarpments. Another notable resource which is accessible from the Weldon Spring Conservation Area is the Katy Trail State Park. It passes through Weldon Spring Conservation Area and parallels the Missouri River for 5.3 miles.  Portions of the Weldon Spring Conservation Area were used by the Department of Army in the 1940's for TNT and DNT production and by the Atomic Energy Commission in the 1960's for uranium ore processing. The affected portions were all part of a federal environmental cleanup project and required to meet certain environmental health and safety standards. The area is now considered safe for all recreational pursuits allowed on the area, as well as the wildlife found within the area. To find out more about the history of these activities on the area, you can visit the Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center located at 7295 Highway 94 South, St. Charles, MO, 63304. 

 

Area map http://extra.mdc.mo.gov/documents/area_brochures/7404map.pdf

For more information call:[masked]

Status: Owned by MDC,Agreement

Designated Trails Trail Name Trail Type Length

Lewis Trail  Hiking (Non-Interpretive)  8.20 

Clark Trail  Hiking (Non-Interpretive)  5.30 

Lost Valley Trail  Multi-Use (Hike/Bike)  10.50 

Hamburg Trail  Multi-Use (Hike/Bike)  6.00 

http://mdc4.mdc.mo.gov/applications/moatlas/AreaSummaryPage.aspx?txtAreaID=7404

More information

http://www.missouribeautiful.com/northeast-missouri-tourism/159-weldon-spring-site-interpretive-center-st-charles-missouri.html

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  • Karen K.

    Well the hike was good but we didn't make it to the wineries this time.

    May 10, 2014

  • David M.

    It was a very memorable, informative hike.

    May 10, 2014

  • Carla

    Mark is out of town. I'm going to try to make it.

    May 9, 2014

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