Forest 44 Conservation Area offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities on the outskirts of St. Louis. This rugged forestland is situated on the northeastern most extension of the Ozark uplift and harbors plants and animals typical of Missouri's Ozarks.
Several springs feed Williams Creek, which flows along the eastern portion of the area. Flowering dogwood and redbud trees add to the area's natural beauty, especially in the springtime. The area has more than 13 miles of trails, including a wheelchair-accessible path. Ten miles are multi-use, providing recreation for both hikers and equestrians.
Forest 44 Conservation Area is in West St.Louis County. From I-44, take Route 141 south to Meramec Station Road, which is the first stoplight. Turn right (west) and drive a mile to Hillsboro Road. Turn left and go a half-mile to the area parking lot. The area offers a staffed shooting range for public use. Range access is from I-44 Beaumont/Antire Road Exit, (Exit 269). For further range information and open hours, call 636-938-9548.