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Rockwoods Reservation has several trails, and Lime Kiln Loop is one of the most highly rated.
It covers the base and spine of a wooded ridge, passing rocky outcrops, trickling creeks, and various forest types.
This area is well known for birdwatching and for other wildlife like deer, small mammals, and reptiles.
With a fun combination of mellow straightaways and rugged steeper sections, the trail makes an excellent family hike or quick workout among intact nature. The namesake lime kiln is encountered immediately after leaving the parking lot.
This is a giant furnace where limestone rocks were baked into lime, a material used in construction.
From the kiln, go left for a more gradual ascent to the ridge top, or right for the steeper option.
Both ways connect to form the loop. This hike can be good in all seasons, but beware of slick conditions following rain or snow.
Autumn is a favorite time because of the foliage.
Winter is nice for brisk hiking temperatures and for distant views through the leafless trees. Source: https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/rockwoods-reservation