May 25

Lone Elk Park: Not So Lonely After All

Buffalo St. Louis with watermark
If you are checking out the World Bird Sanctuary near St. Louis you should drive through Lone Elk Park to see some of the wildlife critters they have there. It is just right down the road from the sanctuary.  One of the great things about the park is that it is free.  There are bison, elk and white tail deer in the 546 acre fenced in park.   The park was a little hilly with nice foliage, had a well maintained auto trail and a few hiking paths.  The great thing about taking a little time out to see the park near St. Louis is the chance to see one of largest creatures in North America, the bison, or as it is more commonly known as the American buffalo.
Buffalo Herd St. Louis watermark
Karen and I really enjoyed getting a chance to see the bison and elk.  We often visit the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, Oklahoma to see bison and elk so seeing them near one of our favorite cities to visit was a nice plus.  The experience can not be compared to seeing them in the wild, but their habitat at the park gave them a lot more room and it feels more natural then seeing them in a zoo.

We did not get to fully enjoy the park when we were there because we were in a bit of hurry to get to the hotel so we could check in, but it seemed to be well maintained.  We spent about 45 minutes to an hour and got a chance to see the three main animals they have at the park.  Getting a chance to see them close up to the car was a real treat.
Elk St. Louis with Watermark
Karen and I recommend checking out Lone Elk Park in Missouri especially if you have little ones or if you never get the chance to see elk or bison.  If we could do it over again I think we would have packed a picnic basket and tried out some of the hiking trails they had there.

Lone Elk Park
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. – half hour past sunset
Handicap Accessible: No
1 Lone Elk Park Rd
Valley Park, MO 63088

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