Hiking, bird watching, wild flower viewing, exploring. You may even be lucky enough to see a scorpion or a tarantula! View All
Tips and guidelines for visiting this preserve. View All
This desert-like environment has an interesting array of wildlife not found elsewhere in Missouri and one of the world's largest populations of Fremont's leather flower.
One of the few places on the planet to see Fremont's leather flower, Victoria Glade is rich with natural wonders and is only 30 miles south of St. Louis.
Jefferson County, east of Hillsboro
The terrain is moderately difficult to hike, and the climate is very hot in the summer. June is the best time to visit. There are no designated trails. Please do not disturb flags and markers, which belong to several research projects conducted by the Conservancy and several university partners.
This treeless and rocky preserve harbors a unique array of species including several that are generally more commonly found in the desert Southwest, rather than a few miles from the banks of the Mississippi River.
We are using annual prescribed burns to eradicate the red cedars that infringe on the glade. Several research projects by local universities are on-going at Victoria Glade.
Exposed dolomite steps are a distinctive feature of Victoria Glade, and are easily spotted by visitors to the preserve.
Victoria Glade's unusual desert-like environment provides homes for scorpions, tarantulas, and black widow spiders.
Victoria Glade abounds with native flowering plants, including Indian Paintbrush.
In addition to Fremont's leather flower, flora here include more than 300 natural flowering plants including blue wild indigo, American aloe, Missouri Black-eyed Susan, blazing star and green milkweed.
The exposed dolomite and west- and south- facing slopes keep the glade hot and arid, creating perfect conditions for collared lizards, scorpions, tarantulas and black widow spiders.
Check the local weather forecast and dress accordingly. Long pants and sleeves, hiking boots, hat and drinking water are recommended. During warm weather light color and light-weight clothing is suggested. Repellent, binoculars and field guide(s) are also worth bringing. Keep an eye out for black widow spiders.