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The 9,143-acre Bell Mountain Wilderness is part of the St. Francois Mountains, one of the oldest landforms in North America. This is mostly old-growth, oak and hickory forest, with pine and elm, grassy glades, and granite outcroppings. The rugged 12-mile Bell Mountain Trail (rated More Difficult) is recommended for experienced hikers only. Steep slopes are encountered throughout the area. Elevations on the trail range from 1,702 feet, at the peak of Bell Mountain, to 970 feet at the base, in the area of Joe's Creek. Groups are limited to a maximum of 10 people, to help protect wilderness values.
Horses are allowed; no motorized/mechanical transportation allowed. No camping within 100 feet of trails and water.
Shut-in Creek, a year-round, spring-fed stream, crosses this area; there are several shut-ins along its path.
The U.S. Congress designated the Bell Mountain Wilderness in 1980.
ALERT: Feral hogs are degrading the natural habitat within the Bell Mountain Wilderness. The Missouri Conservation Department asks all hunters who encounter a feral hog to shoot it on sight.
Two crucial rules: 1> Do Not Carry in Your Own Firewood! (Moving firewood around the country spreads forest pests like the Emerald Ash Borer and Gypsy Moth.) 2> On and near any waterway, glass containers and glass bottles of any kind, and all foam-type food and beverage coolers are prohibited by Missouri law.
Note: the address and phone shown are for the Mark Twain National Forest office responsible for this wilderness area; however, the map pointer indicates the approximate location of this Wilderness Area.
There are eight single sites, each with a picnic table, fire ring, and lantern post. Some sites have hitching rails. There are five picnic sites, each with a table and pedestal grill. Vault toilets are available. No drinking water. A pavilion with a large grill is available on a first come-first served basis. There is no charge for camping or day use.
Horses are allowed in this recreation area. The Berryman Trail traverses 24 miles of scenic Ozark countryside. It is open for hiking, equestrian and mountain bike use. Bike riders must yield the right-of–way to horseback riders. A small pond usually offers water for stock.
Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard, named for the stone house on the edge of the cliff, is located in the rolling hills of the Ozarks. The vineyard is perched high above the Fourche a Renault River, 65 miles southwest of St. Louis; two miles from Trout Lodge YMCA Conference Center.
Taste wine made on the property. Relax in front of the large stone fireplace. Tour the vineyards and gardens, which are managed using natural and sustainable practices.
Book your wedding andr special events at this family friendly venue. We offer event packages ranging from venue rental to full-service party planning. We can accommodate 250 guests; parking for 200 cars.
In addition to our regular Saturday-Sunday hours, we are open holiday Mondays. Please call to verify hours.
We are in the beautiful Arcadia Valley of the St Francois Mountains. All guestrooms have 70-channel cable TV and queen beds, micro-fridge, a microwave and Internet; our suites include a sitting area, separate bedroom and a jetted tub.
Our motel overlooks the civil war battlefield at Fort Davidson State Historic Site and visitors center. We are three miles from Elephant Rocks State Park; eight miles from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park (the highest elevation in Missouri); 14 miles from Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.
Fort Davidson Restaurant is adjacent, serving meals from steaks to seafood, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
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 area consists of more than 6,000 acres of rugged forest terrain in prime Ozark country, plus sections of the Meramec River, Huzzah and Courtois creeks. Take a canoe or kayak to access these streams for a day of fishing and floating.
For hikers, the area includes six miles of the Ozark Trail. The Narrows, located in the extreme southwest portion of the area, is a narrow hogback ridge that features extremely steep topography and rapidly changing vegetation from ridge to creek bottom. Bear Cave and Bat Cave add to the site's geology.
Primitive campsites are open from September 15-May 15 only.
To reach the area, cross the Meramec River at the end of Route H at Onondaga Cave State Park; or go northeast of Steelville on Route E and cross the low-water bridge at Huzzah Creek.
This area affords a glimpse of one of the jewels of the Ozarks, the Meramec River. Most of the area is home to lush forestland. Sheer cliffs along the Meramec River form the western border of the area, giving a scenic view of the river valley and surrounding hills. The wheelchair-accessible Woodland Trail offers hikers of all abilities glimpses of the river as well. Other trails provide hiking, horseback and bicycle riding. The area contains six caves, a great blue heron rookery and abundant wildlife. A number of streams and a spring are found on the site. Don’t forget to pack your fishing gear for a chance at hooking bass, catfish and sunfish. To reach the area, take I-44 to Route 185 near Sullivan. Exit south, go five miles and look for the cantilever sign.
SayersBrook features unique activities and exotic meals on a working bison ranch. Tours start with a video history of the ranch and the American bison. Travel through the ranch in covered wagons; feed a bison herd; enjoy a bison lunch in the lakefront pavilion. Experience these powerful 2,500-pound creatures up close and personal. Our country store offers bison meat, souvenirs, and gifts. This is a Ozark mountain setting with streams and a mile-long lake. There are 21 off-road trails available for group outings. Open April through mid-November.
Tours: $12.50; younger than 12, $6.50. Additional fees for food, hunts, sporting clays, boat rides, retreats and special activities. See the website for details and schedules. Three and a half miles from the YMCA of the Ozarks on Route AA.
Shepherd Mountain RV Park is located in the Arcadia Valley. Picnic benches overlooking Stouts Creek are provided. Sites have sewer, and water hook-ups.
Enjoy movies under the stars at this drive-in theater. We screen current feature films. Concession stand on-site. Please visit our website and Facebook page for details and showtimes.
We are located in Cadet, five miles north of Potosi, on Route 21.
The Ozarks, in a word, are splendid. The Ozark Trail system contains more than 390 miles of trails, divided into (mostly) linked sections; plus, a number of spur trails for extra opportunities to hike, cycle and ride horses – most of the trail is multi-use (some areas are restricted use).
This natural surface trail offers trips from just a few miles to a 230-mile "thru hike." Spend a lazy afternoon at Taum Sauk visiting Mina Sauk Falls; a week backpacking along the Current and Eleven Point Rivers; and work up a sweat on the Berryman Loop. The Ozark Trail system will take away the stress and leave a smile on your face.
You encounter a variety of terrain, forests, springs, crystal-clear streams, shut-ins and waterfalls, bluffs riddled with caves and true wilderness areas. The area is home to deer, turkey, bobcat, bear, songbirds and bald eagles. It is one of the most diverse places on the planet.
Visit our website for details, maps, descriptions of the natural features in the area and suggested outings.
Note: The phone and address shown are for the headquarters of the Ozark Trail Association.
The Valley View Glades Natural Area is part of a large complex of glades in a band two-to-five miles wide and offers some outstanding views. It is a pleasing stop for nature lovers, birdwatchers, plant enthusiasts and photographers. The small intermittent streams, which drain the glades, add diversity to the area. The plants and animals here are similar to what was seen at the time of settlement. The glades are dominated by native grasses. Non-grass species provide good wildlife food and add color to the glades during seasonal peaks of blooming. For such a small area, remarkable examples exist of stream ledges, waterfalls, overhangs, and pools. Many kinds of snakes and lizards as well as larger animals, such as deer and turkey, live on this area. Valley View Glades Natural Area is on Route B between Morse Mill and Hillsboro.
Petroglyphs (rock carvings) left by prehistoric Indians are preserved in this park. Other features include canoeing and fishing on Big River, campsites, cabins, a swimming pool, hiking and backpacking trails, and picnic sites and shelters.
This park offers basic sites, electric campsites, and a special-use camping area. Services include showers, water and a laundry. There is a dump station. In this park, you can see where prehistoric people left petroglyphs as remnants of their culture. The park features a swimming pool, hiking, picnicking and canoeing on the Big River. Camping reservations: 877-422-6766 and online.
Situated on a 360-acre lake surrounded by 5,200 acres of forest-covered hills. This year-round, not-for-profit, family getaway and conference center is 90 minutes south of St. Louis. Rates include accommodations, three full meals and most activities. Choose from guestrooms, two-story loft suites, or two-bedroom private cabins. There are no telephones or televisions in the rooms or cabins. Trout Lodge is part of YMCA of the Ozarks, a branch of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis. We offer financial assistance – no one is turned away because of the inability to pay.
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