Emmenegger Nature Park

Driving Directions

From eastbound I-44, take the Watson Road exit to Geyer Road and turn north. Go 200 yards to Cragwold Road and turn west. Go 1 mile to Stoneywood, then south to the area entrance.


This area is just west of the Powder Valley Conservation Nature.

About This Area

Emmenegger Nature Park contains 93 acres. Possum Woods Conservation Area, located adjacent to Emmenegger Nature Park, contains an additional 15 acres. The combination of the two areas totals approximately 108 acres.

Originally, the area was part of a large estate owned by members of the Lemp family. This family owned a large St. Louis brewery around the turn of the 20th century.

Over the last 100 years, the area was used as an exotic animal breeding area for the St. Louis Zoo, a riverside resort and a public swimming pool and tennis club.

Russell E. Emmenegger, a prominent real estate developer, purchased the land in the 1970's and donated part of the property to the City of Kirkwood. The property is leased by the Department of Conservation, and is currently operated in partnership between MDC and the City of Kirkwood.

The topography of the area allows for a diverse mix of upland hardwoods along the ridges and bottom land species in the valley and along the Meramec River, which is located along the western boundary of the area. Upland hardwood forest tree species includes white oak, red oak, post oak, shagbark hickory, sugar maple, and many others. The understory trees include roughleaf dogwood, redbud, and pawpaw. Species in the bottomland areas include elm, boxelder, silver maple, American sycamore and white oak, among others.

General Information

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  • Pets allowed on a six foot leash.  Area does not allow training dogs off leash. Tickets will be issued for dogs off-lead.
  • Hours are from sunrise to sunset.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Fishing - Other Fair population.  
Nature Viewing  Wildlife Viewing  
Other  Outdoor Photography  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lotaccessible   
Privy/Restroomaccessible  Year round. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Intermittent  0.50 miles  
Stream - Permanent Meramec River 0.88 miles Accessible by foot  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 80.00  
Other 15.00 Mowed field 
Total Area Acres:93.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Disabled-accessible trail (Easy)accessibleDisabled-Accessible Trail 0.50 
Hiking trail (Difficult) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.00 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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