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No mountain bikes or equestrians.
Need to Know
Lone Elk Park is a wildlife management area. Domestic animals are not allowed, even if confined in a vehicle.
White Bison Trail starts and ends at the Visitor Center at Lone Elk. The trail can be rather steep and rocky at times. The climbs and descents along the loop are manageable although you'll want to watch your footing on the steeper sections as there are places where the trail become rocky.
As your hike through the woods surrounding the White Bison Trail take the time to notice the variety of plants and vegetation growing on the different slopes. Each one of the slopes is a different micro habitat depending on the direction that it faces. The north slope has the deepest soil and more available moisture. The south slope receives the suns hot summer rays and is more rocky and dry with a thin soil covering. The east slope only receives the cool morning sun while the west slope feels the heat of the summer day. Because of these varied environmental conditions, it is not uncommon to spot a plant, tree or shrub that is only found specifically on that particular slope.
Also keep an eye open for elk, deer, and other animals. While hiking, if you come across an elk, be sure to give them a wide berth even if this means taking a small detour off the trail. Never approach an elk as they can be extremely aggressive. Hikers should be very cautious during the autumn breeding season and in the spring when the elk give birth.
Because of the large number of big animals in the park there are a lot of ticks and chiggers. The wise hiker will diligently use their favorite insect repellant.
Shared By: St. Louis County Parks
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