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The Dardenne Greenway Trail follows Dardenne Creek as it makes its way through St. Charles County on its way to the mighty Mississippi. The trail, which currently passes through several suburban St. Louis communities celebrates the outdoors while providing thoughtful linkages from residential neighborhoods to parks, schools and businesses. Two segments are currently complete, one traveling in the Cottleville-St. Peters area, and another separate segment in the BaratHaven development in Dardenne Prairie.
Legacy Park to Dardenne Park
This is a wide-paved trail smoothly threading through a series of parks in Cottleville and neighboring St. Peters. The trail also connects to residential and commercial neighborhoods, as well as to the St. Charles Community College.
Legacy Park is Cottleville's most popular park. Located close to city hall, this family-friendly park features playgrounds, including a wheelchair swing, a dog park, a range of sports fields and an outdoor amphitheater. The two park lakes, Harmony Lake and Vantage Lake, boast their own walking trails. The Dardenne Greenway Trail follows the stream as it flows east, with connections to the lake trails. At Mid-Rivers Mall Drive, the trail peels away from the creek and parallels the road to its next destination.
Across Cottleville Parkway, the trail enters St. Charles Community College. Cutting through the manicured grounds of the college campus, the trail is easily accessible by students, faculty and staff seeking respite from the academic grind.
Ohmes Road and Woodland Parkway bring users to the next point of interest: Woodland Sports Park in St. Peters offers facilities for baseball and soccer, as well as two fishing ponds. A trail rounds the park perimeter. There park also offers plenty of parking and restrooms.
Beyond Woodland Park, the Dardenne Greenway Trail reunites with its namesake creek, nestled in its wooded riparian zone. One branch of the trail allows users to explore the wetlands, wildflowers and resident bird- and wildlife of Jack Gettemeyer Park while providing an entry point for users from nearby residential subdivisions. Rabbit Run Park lies just north of Jack Gettemeyer Park. Covering 19 acres, this local park features baseball diamonds, a pavilion, parking and restrooms.
Back to the trail's main stem, the path continues the wooded banks of Dardenne Creek. Dardenne Park and the St. Peters Municipal Golf Course mark the end of the journey.
Another segment of the Dardenne Creek Greenway Trail surrounds the BaratHaven subdivision in Darden Prairie. Here the trail loops around the development, which includes a 90-acre park featuring a lake complete with three overlooks. Barathaven Park. The trail also stretches along the creek on either side of Henning Road, linking BaratHaven Park with Bluebird Meadow. Both parks have parking and serve as trailheads for the greenway trail.
The area's restored wetlands, native plantings and ample tree cover mean that residents need only step outside their door to feel immersed in nature.
Legacy Park to Dardenne Park
Parking can be found in the parks along the trail route. In addition, the trail has spurs reaching into nearby neighborhoods, acting as access points for those residents.
Parking can be found in BaratHaven Park, on BaratHaven Boulevard just west of Henning Road, and Bluebird Meadow Park, located across Henning Road.
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