Wildflower Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Imperial, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.
dogs on leash
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
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
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.