Our Sanctuary Hiking Trails
• Rollins’ Ridge – 1,000 Feet – Rollins Ridge creates a new path venturing into our woods running adjacent to the existing display line that will feature exhibits of forest birds such as native forestdwelling owls and hawks. This gives visitors something different to see on their return trip from the end of the display line. Rollins Ridge will also incorporate benches, pergolas, and a large deck.
• Turtle Bob Trail – Loop of one mile – The Turtle Bob trailhead is located across from our Wildlife Hospital. Turtle Bob’s trail is a beautiful hike through a prime example of an oak-hickory forest. In addition to oak and hickory trees, keep your eyes open for the abundant pawpaw trees in the valley. Be sure to watch for box turtles in the spring, summer and fall, as they love this area of World Bird Sanctuary property
• Hickory Trail-.25 mile – The Hickory trailhead is located at the end of the long line of display enclosures. The Hickory Trail is named for the abundant number of hickory trees found along the trail. Watch for migrating warblers in the spring and fall. Summer brings many lizards and winter is a perfect time to see a wild turkey or a White-tailed deer.
• Tunnel Trail – .25 mile – Once you reach the end of the Hickory Trail, bear left to see “Walt’s Pond”. Named after Walter C. Crawford Jr., founder of World Bird Sanctuary, this pond is home to all types of amphibians – including frogs and salamanders. If you’re lucky, you might also spot one of the muskrats and river otters that visit the pond. This area is also a favorite visiting area for wild turkey, white-tailed deer, squirrels, chipmunks and flying squirrels. You will also see a “vernal pool” across the road from the pond and an “insect hotel” next to the pond. Note the variety of native plant species surrounding the pond. To the left of the pond, you will see the Tunnel Trail trailhead. This trail will lead you under the railroad and out to a beautiful treed field bordering the Meramec River.
• Mariah’s Summit Trail – .5 mile – Mariah’s Summit Trail offers a return trip from Walt’s Pond to the Leapfrog Trail which eventually leads to the front gate and one of the Turtle Bob Trail trailheads. Mariah’s trail is a slightly more difficult trail than the Hickory Trail and is still undergoing its final construction.