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If you are a nature lover, you’ll find no shortage of sites to visit in Sikeston and Southeast Missouri. Enjoy hiking trails, bird watching, boardwalks (through cypress-tupelo swamps) and interpretative centers. This itinerary provides nature lovers with several established wildlife refuges/conservation areas, lakes, established trails and boardwalks. In addition to deer, turkey and bobcat, these areas are home to snowy egrets, trumpeter swans, 17 different birds of prey including bald and golden eagles, ospreys and seven species of owl.
All locations are within 30 minutes of Sikeston and include General Watkins Conservation Area, Mississippi River Walk and Observation Deck, Lake Tywappity Conservation Area, Big Oak Tree State Park, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, 10-Mile Pond Conservation Area and Otter Slough Conservation Area. Most locations are handicapped accessible and offer picnic and restroom facilities.
Self-directed itinerary available on-line at www.sikeston.net/tourism