A combination of excellent private, state, county, and city parks in St. Charles County provides many unique destinations for families and family gatherings. Click on the park names below to link to websites providing more information, locations, and directions.
Most residents who have lived here even a short length of time probably know about the Katy Trail. Running through most of the county, the former railroad has been converted to a popular stone-paved path for bicycling and walking.
A number of parks offer fishing lakes but the larger ones may be 370 Lakeside Park in St. Peters, Klondike in Augusta, and Lake Whetzel in O’Fallon’s Ft. Zumwalt Park.
The latter, Ft. Zumwalt Park, has a free model railroad exhibit that runs on weekends.
Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie and SkateBoard Park in St. Charles are devoted to devoted skateboard enthusiasts. O’Fallon’s Westhoff Park also includes elements for skateboarders.
Home of Discovery Playground in St. Charles’ Jaycee Park, Brendan’s Playground at Westhoff Park in O’Fallon, and Zachary’s Playground at Hawk Ridge Park in Lake Saint Louis are fully accessible parks with attractions for kids with disabilities.
Broemmelsiek (south of O’Fallon), DuSable (St. Charles), Quail Ridge (Wentzville), and Bark Park inside Cottleville’s Legacy Park provide off-leash areas for your four-legged friends to run free.
Quail Ridge is also the place for horseshoes and disc-golf. The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame Museum is located at Quail Ride and has more than a dozen indoor and outdoor clay courts.
After Memorial Day the City of St. Charles Blanchette and Wapelhorst parks offer water theme areas, as does O’Fallon’s Civic Park with its Alligator Alley.
In Wentzville, Indian Camp Creek Park near the Lincoln County border offers nature-themed playgrounds, a silo that serves as an observation tower, and trails for hiking, biking, or equestrian use.
For nature lovers that just want to wander among natural surroundings the big areas are operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Some of those properties in St. Charles County include Busch Wildlife Conservation Area, the adjacent Weldon Spring Conservation Area, and Howell Island.
The American Audubon Society operates the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton. Located at the extreme northeast tip of St. Charles County this nature area lies in one of the most important bird flyways in the United States.
Because of that it’s one of the best areas for birders. Popular all year long, winters bring bald eagles back to their cold weather nesting sites at Riverlands.