Cliff Cave County Park

Area Residents Invited To Celebrate Opening Of Mississippi Greenway Expansion At Cliff Cave County Park


Community will have a chance to view improvements within the park at a ribbon cutting on May 4 and can enjoy a host of activities at a Community Day Celebration on May 6 

Great Rivers Greenway and St. Louis County Parks invite area residents to celebrate the opening of the 2-mile Mississippi Greenway expansion in South County at a ribbon cutting on Friday, May 4, and Community Celebration on Sunday, May 6, in Cliff Cave County Park. The expanded greenway makes it possible for people of all ages and abilities to explore and enjoy the upper and lower sections of the park and provides two new connections for area residents to access this wonderful amenity.

The $4.3 million project extends the existing 5-mile paved greenway that runs along the Mississippi River two miles up the bluff to a new scenic overlook, while also providing a direct path for residents to walk or bike to Cliff Cave County Park from Telegraph Rd. A new parking lot north of the existing entrance on Cliff Cave Road provides additional parking and restrooms for visitors, and a paved connection links the new parking lot to the scenic overlook. A 210-foot pedestrian bridge was also installed over Cliff Cave Road to connect residents to the other side of the park and scenic overlook. A separate 70-foot bridge was placed to allow residents to cross over the creek that flows from the mouth of Cliff Cave on the new greenway linking the upper and lower sections of the park. In addition to the paved greenway and bridges, the expansion features seating for people to stop and rest, and more than a thousand new native trees, shrubs, sedges and flowers to restore and boost the native ecology of the greenway.

“The expanded greenway allows people of all ages and abilities to see everything this incredible park has to offer,” says Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “From the soaring bluffs and wooded hillsides, to the breathtaking views of the Mississippi River—Cliff Cave Park’s natural beauty is more accessible for all to explore and enjoy.”

Area residents can see the recently completed greenway and other park improvements at two community events in early May. On Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m., project partners, contractors, and elected officials will officially open the new greenway with a ribbon cutting at the new overlook at Cliff Cave Park. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, all are welcome to explore the new greenway.

On Sunday, May 6, residents are invited to a Community Celebration from 2-4 pm in the Lower Parking Lot of Cliff Cave Park. People can choose to participate in a host of free activities and explore the new paved greenway, amenities, and existing trails within the park. The free Community Day activities include the following:

  • 2:00 p.m. – Yoga on the Mississippi River: Yoga Buzz will lead a yoga class on the Mississippi River near the lower pavilion. Bring a yoga mat or towel.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Hiking Class: REI representatives will lead a 45-minute hiking class to showcase the paved greenway and other trails in the park.
  • 3:00 p.m. – Nature Walk:  Residents will have the opportunity to take part in a 30-minute nature walk to learn more about the unique history and natural features found in Cliff Cave Park.

Residents can stop by anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. for music, yard games and bubbles. The Kona Ice and Walk Away Waffle Food Trucks will give away free snow cones and waffles to the first 250 visitors.  Bikes and helmets will be available to rent by the hour from City Cycling Tours of St. Louis.

“The new greenway has made Cliff Cave Park more accessible for walking, riding a bike, pushing a stroller or using a wheelchair,” says Steve Stenger, St. Louis County Executive. “We encourage the community to join us on May 4 and May 6 as we celebrate the improvements to this treasured St. Louis County park.”

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Great Rivers Greenway connects the St. Louis region with greenways so people can explore their rivers, parks and communities, making it a vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit

Editor’s Note: From 10 a.m. to noon on May 4, media will have the exclusive chance to explore the two-mile expansion and view the park improvements via a guided golf cart tour, led by a representative from Great Rivers Greenway. If you or another member of your news organization is interested in participating, please notify Pam Powell at 314.540.9079 or

Construction to Begin on Mississippi Greenway Extension in Cliff Cave County Park to Improve Walking and Biking for Residents of the Region


Project will begin this week to protect nearby endangered bat populations

Residents of and visitors to South St. Louis County will soon have a new opportunity to explore Cliff Cave County Park, with a planned 2-mile extension of the Mississippi Greenway set to begin construction this week. Great Rivers Greenway and St. Louis County Parks are starting work before the endangered bat species that reside in the area come out of hibernation. Construction on the greenway is expected to take about a year.

The $4.3 million construction project will provide a paved and ADA accessible connection between the upper portion of Cliff Cave County Park and the existing 4.6 miles of paved trails that run through the lower portion of the park. The new project will allow visitors of all abilities to experience the park’s unique geography and will feature a safer and improved scenic overlook.

“This project will allow people to enjoy amazing views of the Mississippi River and take advantage of  safe and accessible ways to explore this great park,” said Susan Trautman, Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway.

This project also includes the creation of a trailhead on Cliff Cave Rd. for a future connection to the north that will eventually extend the Mississippi Greenway to the existing trails within Jefferson Barracks Park. Great Rivers Greenway worked closely with the community over the past two years in an effort to gather input from residents and address their concerns.

The first step will be to remove trees along the planned greenway path. These efforts will follow guidelines provided by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the several species of tree roosting bats – including the federally endangered Indiana Bat – that are currently hibernating in nearby Cliff Cave.

This phase of the project will also include the removal of invasive plants—including harmful Bush Honeysuckle—that are choking out native plants and other trees within the park. More than a thousand native trees, shrubs and other plants will be planted along the trail to restore and boost the native ecology of the greenway.

To learn more about the Mississippi Greenway extension project in Cliff Cave County Park, visit For more information about the endangered bat species that reside in the area, visit

Great Rivers Greenway is a regional greenway district created by a vote of the people in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. The organization improves the quality of life for all in the St. Louis region by connecting people to their rivers, parks and communities through a network of greenways