Wildflower Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Imperial, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 88 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

Wildflower Trail begins at the visitor center taking you down a series of steps to the excavation site and kiousk before returning by a gradual climb up the bluff back to the visitor center. This trail guides visitors down a series of stairs to the Kimmswick Bone Bed, where scientists first discovered evidence that American mastodons coexisted with humans 12,000 years ago. The trail passes the Callison Memorial Bird Sanctuary, a wildflower area, crosses an old limestone quarry, and goes down a limestone bluff and talus slope to the bone bed. At the bone bed, you will find an interpretive kiosk with information about the estimated three acres of Pleistocene deposits. At the end of the ice age, this areas mineral springs and swampland was home to the American mastodon, Harlans ground sloth, Jeffersons ground sloth, long nosed peccary, and stag moose. No excavations currently are going on. The remnants of the bone bed site remain safely buried for future generations. Past the bone bed, the trail continues to a small foot bridge over a spring that actively flows after heavy rain. Uphill through a dense oak forest to the limestone bluff, the loop intersects to lead visitors back to the museum

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1 month ago

Easy trail. Dog friendly and children friendly. Nothing fancy, but nice easy fun hike and you can see some history of the park. If you want a challenging, longer hike I suggest limestone hill trail, but this is the perfect short hike

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7 months ago

Nice today, but a lot of traffic noise.

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8 months ago

easy walk with the dog when you're in a rush to get home and cook dinner.

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8 months ago

Short loop behind visitor center. A pair of wooden steps to navigate. Not much to see.

11 months ago

has 2 resivores, beautiful sight, only thing was the bottom of the trail didn't have clear signs to go back.

Sat Jun 23 2018

loved

Wed Dec 20 2017

not very challenging outside of some stairs, and not a ton to do either. the bone bed info is stuff you can get at the museum. walk through the creek instead!

Sun Sep 17 2017

Short trail but good to add onto the Limestone trail

Wed May 24 2017

Short hike. Interesting view of Bluffs. Could see evidence of former quarry. At the site of the bone bed, there is an much, a wooden board interpretive display with a bit of a description and some bleached out pictures. Some nice elevation changes… Not for the physically challenged. But an interesting hike;

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Wed Jan 25 2017

Short hike down to the excavation site - stay to the right where the trail forks at the Kimmswick Bone Bed sign to avoid having to walk up a lot of steps

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Fri Aug 23 2013

hiked for the purpose of seeing excavation site. Pleasant little hike which should be easy for most because the return from the bottom of the bluff is up a gradual winding trail.

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