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Day Hike at Bluffwoods Conservation Area

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  • Bluffwoods Conservation Area - Forest Trail

    4422 SW Bethel Rd, St Joseph, MO 64504, US, St. Joseph, MO (map)

    39.639282 -94.932327

  • Meet at the Forest Nature Trail parking lot at 10 am, or at the Platte City Commuter Parking lot at 9 am.
  • Join us for a day hike on several trails at the Bluffwoods Conservation Area southwest of St. Joseph.  We'll start with the 2 miles of nature trails to the east (two of which are paved) and then head over to the west side for primitive trails that total 4-5 miles in length.  Bring water, snacks, lunch.  $3 donation requested.

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) webpage for the Bluffwoods CA states, "Bluffwoods and Goodell Annex overlook the Missouri River floodplain just south of St. Joseph. Both areas are mostly forested with scattered open grasslands. The Bluffwoods area has numerous service roads and several established trails for hiking. The Forest Nature Trail is Disabled Accessible while the Lone Pine and Maple Falls loops offer scenic overlooks of the Missouri River floodplain looking west into Kansas."

    More information on the characteristics and history of the area can be found at the MDC Area Summary on Bluffwoods.  The site also includes a map of the area.

    If you are coming from the Kansas City area and would like to carpool, please meet at the Platte City commuter parking lot across from the Waffle House at 1305 Platte Falls Rd.  To get there from Kansas City, take I-29 north to Exit 18 (MO-92) and turn left.  Cross over I-29 and its exits, then take the first left onto Running Horse Rd., Take that 1 block to Platte Falls Rd. and turn right.  Proceed west until you see the commuter parking area on the left across from Waffle House.

    Carpool Disclaimer: The Outing officially begins and ends at the location(s) designated by the Sierra Club. The Outing does not include carpooling, transportation, or transit to and from the Outing, and the participant is personally responsible for all risks associated with this travel.

    During the sign-in process all participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, please click here.



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