Cape Woods Conservation Area

Driving Directions

In Cape Girardeau, at the intersection of Kingshighway (Business 55/61/34) and Mt. Auburn Road, take Mt. Auburn Road south to the area entrance. The area can also be accessed from the Osage Park and Community Center on Kingshighway and via the Cape LaCroix Recreation Trail.


This is a forested area with an asphalt walking trail system. Facilities/features: bottomland forest, permanent stream (Cape LaCroix Creek), restrooms, and a walking trail.

About This Area

Cape Woods Conservation Area is a small bottomland forest tract and an intensively visited urban wild acres site. The Cape La Croix Hiking/Biking Trail passes through the area providing a pleasant easy walking trail for area visitors. The area is a common destination for joggers, afternoon hikers, and bicyclists. A trailhead is located in close proximity to the parking and restroom facilities on the area. The trail traverses level terrain with two bridges spanning Cape La Croix Creek.

General Information


Cape Girardeau


Owned by MDC

  • Area provides access to the Cape La Croix Hiking Biking Trail.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Nature Viewing   

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Other   Total city greenway trail is 4.7 miles. Portion of asphalt trail through MDC land is .3 mile. Additional .7 mile natural surface loop trail on the land. 
Parking Lotaccessible  8-10 car parking lot 
Privy/Restroomaccessible  Flush toilets maintained by City of Cape Girardeau. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Named Forest Cape Woods 30.00 acres Second growth bottomland forest.  
Stream - Permanent Cape LaCroix Creek 1.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Other 7.00 Yard, trail, and infrastructure. 
Forest and Woodland 30.00 Seasonal bottomland forest. 
Total Area Acres:36.71 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Cape La Croix Recreation Trail (Easy)accessibleDisabled-Accessible Trail 0.80 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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