August A. Busch Memorial Wildlife Conservation Bike Trails

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NEAREST TOWN: Weldon Spring (St. Charles County).

DIRECTIONS: Hwy 40/61 to Hwy 94 south, 1.5 miles on Hwy D.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION: The Busch Hiking & Biking Trail, a 3.2mile hard-gravel loop, begins off of Road B within the area. It passes over a dam on Lake 19 and passes agricultural fields. It does cross several roads open to vehicles. There are also six other hiking-only trails throughout the park, which total 5.3 miles. Watch for signs. This is a scenic ride. If you’re looking for hair-raising off-road trails, you’ll want to continue on to Weldon Spring’s Lost Valley trail.

HIGHLIGHTS: There are great maps and interpretive signs peppered throughout the park and it’s staffed by a well-educated crew of naturalists should you have any questions at all.

AREA INFORMATION: This 6,987-acre area has 32 lakes, hiking trails, a firing range and fishing. Before World War 11, this area was populated with farms and small towns. More than 30 cemeteries stand as testimony to the pioneer families of the early 1800s. The oldest tombstone here dates to 1817. In 1941, the U.S. government bought more than 17,000 acres to manufacture and store explosives. One hundred bunkers were built to store TNT. The Missouri Department of Conservation bought 7,000 acres from the government in 1947, and Mrs. August Busch made a donation in memory of her husband. Most of the bunkers are now empty and are welded shut.

Oak and hickory woodlands and Indian grasses are prevalent here. Switchgrass and bluestem are present in smaller quantities. Many of the birds you will spot here during the spring and late summer to early fall are migratory birds, such as plovers and sandpipers, looking for insects along the shores.

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS: This is a great Sunday afternoon leisurely ride. If you are looking for an easy ride while you’re just getting into mountain biking or if you just want to see some new scenery, this is the place.

CONTACT INFO: A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Hwy D, St. Charles, MO 63304. (636) 441-4554 or (636) 441-4669.

DISTANCE: 3.2 miles.

TERRAIN: Hard gravel.

RIDING TIME: One hour.

LAND STATUS: Department of Conservation.

SERVICES & ACTIVITIES: Fishing, hiking, restrooms, picnic area, information and interpretive center, nature viewing blinds, auto tour and boat rental. Family fishing fair each June. Lake 33 is the largest lake here, with 182 fishable acres. It is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish.

TRAIL HEAD: Accessible from Road B, within the area.


Trail description provided by Show Mountain Biking, The Complete Mountain Biker’s Guide to Missouri and Pebble Publishing.