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Celebrate the beginning of 2015 by taking a guided hike in a Missouri state park. Start a new tradition with your friends and family as you get some healthy exercise and enjoy the great outdoors.
There are 41 First Day Hikes from which to choose. Visit the website for details, meeting location and schedules at specific parks.
Note: The address shown above is for the Missouri State Parks headquarters in Jefferson City. Hikes are scheduled in locations throughout the state.
First Day Hikes are promoted by America’s State Parks. Join hikers from all 50 states. For details, visit americasstateparks.org.
This area is for folks who appreciate nature and geology, or are simply looking for a breathtaking view.
The 1.5 billion year-old Precambrian rock outcrops on Hughes Mountain are among the oldest exposed rocks in the United States. A rhyolite formation, known locally as the Devil's Honeycomb, is one of Missouri's geologic wonders; it is the highest point on Hughes Mountain. A short hike takes you there–be sure to take your camera.
Two-thirds of the area is wooded. The area features glades, which are natural openings on western or southern slopes dominated by native grasses and wildflowers. Animals often found on these glades include fence lizards, collared lizards, lichen grasshoppers and prairie warblers.
Hughes Mountain Natural Area is 11 miles south of Potosi on Route 21, then five miles east on Route M; the parking lot is on south side of road, 200 yards east of Cedar Creek Road (CR 541).
The site consists of the milling complex used by St. Joe Minerals Corporation in the days when Missouri’s Lead Belt produced nearly 80 percent of the nation’s mined lead.
The museum features restored underground-mining equipment; exhibits on mining history; an impressive mineral display; and an audiovisual program on the lead mining and milling process.
The museum can be examined at your own pace (exhibits are labeled); you may choose to have a docent provide more detailed and personalized interpretation. The site holds special events designed to enhance the site's mining history and mineral resources interpretive themes.
Admission: $4; ages 6-12, $3; younger than 6, free. Closed New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We offer guided fishing trips on the Huzzah River, the Courtois River, and the St. Francis River. We specialize in the Missouri smallmouth bass and the Missouri bronze-back bass, which is known to grow up to eight pounds. Our packages include single-day and multi-day trips.
Guides Paul Stone and Kenny Rector have a combined total of more than 40 years experience fishing in Missouri. We are an official corporate outfitter for Cabela's in Hazelwood and the Gander Mountain Company.
Shepherd Mountain RV Park is located in the Arcadia Valley. Picnic benches overlooking Stouts Creek are provided. Sites have sewer, and water hook-ups.
This park offers basic and electric campsites. Services include a dump station, showers, water (seasonal) and a laundry. There is a backpack camp for hikers on the Pike Run Trail. This park, rich in Civil War lore, consists of the rugged Pike Run Hills. Canoeing on Big River, hiking, equestrian trails and picnicking are all featured at the park. Camping reservations: 877-422-6766 and online.
The Winery offers free tasting in a quiet, relaxed country atmosphere. Enjoy handcrafted wines and locally made cheeses and sausages. Our winemaker produces dry, semi-dry, and sweet wines to please a wide range of palates.
Browse the gift shop and mingle in our tasting room or outside on the scenic patio. You are welcome to join a tour of our nurseries, vineyards and winery operations. We are located in the rolling hills of the St. Francois Mountains.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Easter.
Off-road vehicle (ORV) riders can zoom across 2,000 acres; one of the largest ORV areas in the Midwest. Camping, equestrian camping, lakes for fishing and swimming, picnicking and hiking, equestrian, backpack and bicycle trails, and a radio-controlled airplane field are features. ORV permits are required to ride in the ORV area.
This park offers two nicely shaded campgrounds, one of which is an equestrian campground. Campsites are equipped with a picnic table, fire pit and lantern post. Showers, firewood, a dump station and laundry are available. There are five trailside campsites available at no charge. In the old Lead Belt, Missouri's third-largest state park offers picnicking, lakes, fishing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, a bicycle trail, equestrian trails and a 2,000-acre area for off-road vehicles. Camping reservations: 877-422-6766 and online.
Site where Ulysses S. Grant received his commission as a brigadier general. Fittingly, the bronze statue commemorating that event is an image of an average enlisted fighting man. It is a serene setting among the spring and duck pond of Ste. Marie Du Lac church.
This is the official website of the Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association. The association is a not-for-profit organization of paddlesports outfitters, dedicated to the preservation of our natural resources. We strive to protect the safety of customers by promoting our sport through education about safety and skills of paddling.
The site provides information about Missouri's rivers and floatable streams; displays ads from members; includes a directory of members (with links to their websites); and has a detailed map of floatable rivers.
The Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association is a volunteer organization and does not have an actual headquarters. The physical address provided is not affiliated with a single canoe outfitter or campground. Please visit the association website for a list of outfitters.
Following Grant's Footsteps
Explore these locations on or near the U.S. Grant Trail.
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