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Hike of the Week – Salt Lick Point Trail, Illinois

Hike of the Week – Salt Lick Point Trail, Illinois

Salt Lick Point is a favorite hike of ours on the Illinois side of the metro area. This hike is located on a former quarry site in Valmeyer, Illinois. In fact you can even spy interesting old remainders of this site’s former life. The preserve consists of three different trails. We like to make a loop by hiking a portion of the Salt Lick Trail along the bluffs, continuing along on a section of the Newman Trail, and then completing…

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St. Louis Area Summer Fun List 2019

St. Louis Area Summer Fun List 2019

Each year I put together a list of fun St. Louis area places to go with the kids in the summer including museums, playgrounds, and parks. I also search though hundreds of events to come up with a good list of family friendly local events as well as vacation Bible schools. This list includes both sides of the river but the events are more focused on the Illinois side. I want to share this list with anyone who is interested…

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Trail of the Week-Jackson Falls

Trail of the Week-Jackson Falls

Shawnee National Forest, Illinois We’ve done a lot of hiking and exploring over the years and one of our favorite spots to spend a day is in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. While we have visited many scenic spots including Bell Smith Springs, Garden of the Gods, and Ferne Clyffe, we somehow had never made it over to Jackson Falls. I can’t believe we had missed this awesome trail for so long! The trail starts at a parking…

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Trail of the Week – Cliff Cave County Park, St. Louis County

Trail of the Week – Cliff Cave County Park, St. Louis County

Cliff Cave Park is a St. Louis County Park. The cave has a long and varied history of being used as a tavern in the 1700s, then part of the Cliff Cave Wine Company in the mid 1800s and finally used by Jefferson Barracks soldiers for recreation. In 1969 Cliff Cave was purchased by the county and opened as a park in 1977. Last year the park received upgraded trails and facilities. Two miles of trail extensions were added to…

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Trail of the Week – Mina Sauk Falls

Trail of the Week – Mina Sauk Falls

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park in Ironton, MO With all the rain lately, this is great time to visit this beautiful hike in Southeastern Missouri. This is a fairly rugged 3 mile trail, but the pay off is worth it to see Missouri’s tallest waterfall plus the highest point in the state. The start of the trail in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park has a short and paved trail that leads to a marker for the state’s highest point. Don’t…

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Trail of the Week – Hughes Mountain Natural Area in Potosi, MO

Trail of the Week – Hughes Mountain Natural Area in Potosi, MO

This hike is one of Missouri’s most unique. When I post photos from this spot online, people are often surprised to learn that such a place exists in Missouri. Now you can know about the unusual landscape and beautiful views from this easy and kid friendly hike. The trail’s main feature is the rock formation at the top known as Devil’s Honeycomb. The landscape was created as molten rock cracked and cooled. This same type of rock is what makes…

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Trail of the Week – Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri

Trail of the Week – Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri

One of our favorite places to hike near St. Louis is the Shaw Nature Reserve. Only about 30 min from the city, it feels a world away. The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis purchased the reserve land as a safe refuge for the plant collection from the smoke pollution of the 1920s. It has developed into a wonderful site to explore and view wildlife as well as view plants and habitat native to the Missouri region. The trails range…

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Where to find Bountiful Bluebells near St. Louis

Where to find Bountiful Bluebells near St. Louis

One of my favorite spring wildflowers is the Virginia bluebell. They are native to Missouri and can be found in moist, wooded areas or floodplains. These delicate blossoms emerge in early spring and tend to peak around mid-April in our region. Here are three of our favorite area parks to see a stunning sea of bluebells in bloom. 1. Shaw Nature Reserve The Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri is a wonderful place to visit no matter the time…

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