Picnic Reservations:

Picnic and facility reservations open in November of the year prior to the reservation year for residents and in February of the reservation year for nonresidents, as follows:

  • Kirkwood Residents: 1st working day in November of the year before the reservation year
  • Non-Residents: 1st working day in February of the reservation year


Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park -- 131 Acre Site

Located west of Highway 270 off of Cragwold Rd.
The Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park is a 94 acre nature park located by I-270, I-44 and the Meramec River. Emmenegger became a Kirkwood park on March 6, 1975, when the land was dedicated the Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park at a city council meeting. Russell E. Emmenegger donated half of the land and the other half was purchased with a grant from Department of Interior Bureau of Outdoor Recreation Secretary's Contingency Fund. The public dedication and official opening of the park occurred on June 1, 1975. The goal was for the natural beauty of the park to be the primary attraction.

The nature park is located between the Possum Woods Conservation Area, a 14-acre tract, and the Emmenegger Nature Park Staging Area, also a 14-acre tract located at 11991 Stoneywood. Kirkwood Parks Department and Missouri Department of Conservation worked together to develop the park. Russell E. Emmenegger park includes 1.5 miles of trails frequented by hikers and nature lovers, part of which is a .5-mile accessible, paved trail. Disabled parking and year-round restroom facilities are available at the trailhead, located near the Staging Area, where a bridge connects the Russell E. Emmenegger Staging Area to the park. Emmenegger Nature Park provides visitors with picnicing opportunities, peaceful nature walks, and a sheltered area. A variety of nature programs are led in the park by Powder Valley Nature Center staff.