Saint Louis, MO

Hidden spots in Forest Park

Tyrone Wallace

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ST. LOUIS, MO - St. Louis residents have come to Forest Park for nearly 20 years. The Park has become a getaway to nature for visitors. But, because Forest Park is a large park, you might not notice these six hidden spots in the Park.

In 2015, the 6 acres West Pine Woodland was built by the Forest Park Forever horticulturalists as a distinct and walkable stretch of forest on the northeastern part of the Park.

There is the Lily Pond with peaceful scenery, just the north of the Vandeventer Place Gates. Several benches are around the area to sit down and listen to the birds' noises.

The Kennedy Forest Boardwalks are located between Picnic Pavilion 11 and Government Drive. The boardwalks lie within one-mile loop sections of the Kennedy Forest loop. By walking through Government Drive, you can link to the rest of Kennedy Forest and go a few miles further.

Hidden Creek Savanna is hidden between Emerson Central Fields and The Muny. This three-acre restoration site is filled with blooming wildflowers because of the planned burn here in January 2019. It has trails that you can explore.

There is also the Pine Tree Circle in Kennedy Forest. The site is accessible via the Skinker dual path and enters the Kennedy Forest Walkway. Bring your blanket and food, and you are ready for a picnic on this site with the beautiful views.

For the last site, you must bring chess pieces to Steinberg's Skating Rink. There are outdoor chess tables in this place with a quiet atmosphere that will make your mind peaceful.

You can use the Forest Park Explorer, free on the weekend, to reach and explore the sites above.

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