State Parks ~ all within minutes of shopping!
Sauk Mountain State Park - Want to hike to the top
of a mountain? Just park in the lot of Taum Sauk Mountain State
Park and walk a mere 1,000 feet on a paved path to Missouri’s
highest point. Here, an elevation marker sits, guiding visitors
to the mountain’s 1,772 foot summit. If that’s not
enough, the hike to Mina Sauk Falls will take your breath away.
Read much more
about Taum Sauk Mountain State Park here.
Rocks State Park - A train of circus elephants dance
trunk-to-tail to form an awe-inspiring sight to the young and
to the young at heart. This is the appeal of Elephant Rocks State
Park, named for a train of gigantic pink granite boulders perched
atop a hill, just like circus elephants! Read
all about Elephant Rocks State Park here.
Shut-ins State Park - Nearly 1.5 billion years ago,
violently explosive volcanoes hurled hot gasses and ash into the
air. The ashes and gas fell and cooled, forming rhyolite rock.
A billion years later, shallow inland seas swallowed the ancient,
worn-down mountains, burying the igneous rock under thousands
of feet of sedimentary rock such as limestone, sandstone, shale
and dolomite. Read
more information about Johnson's Shut-ins State Park here.
Davidson State Historic Site - In September 1864,
an army of Confederate soldiers 12,000 strong marched into Missouri
from Arkansas, led by Major General Sterling Price. Headed north
toward St. Louis, this massive cavalry soon arrived at the southern
terminus of the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad in Pilot
Knob. There, a federal fort, Fort Davidson, stood, garrisoned
by only 1,500 Union soldiers led by Brigadier General Thomas Ewing
all about the Battle of Pilot Knob and Fort Davidson here.
Ozark Trail and hundreds of miles of the best Missouri trails
for hiking and biking! If
you love to go hiking or biking, come to our region to experience
some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the United States.
You don't have to travel to Colorado or the Appalachian Trail
to do so, just come to our St. Francois Mountain Region of the
Missouri Ozarks here in our region. You'll see
and experience a landscape unique on
the earth. Come to Missouri where hundreds of
miles of trails await your exploration! For
a complete list of hiking and biking trails in the Arcadia Valley
Region and Black River Area, please click here.