• Gear,  Hiking,  Kids,  Shop

    Great Gifts for Outdoor Adventure Families

    Finding the perfect gift can be an annual struggle, especially as many families try to focus on experiences over things. Here is a round up of both fun and functional gifts sure to please any adventure orientated family member. As a bonus, many of the items come from small shops running some great holiday sales and deals. *This post contains affiliate links. Read our full disclaimer policy here. Apparel Gifts Given the choice between the…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    View Historic Ruins at Fort Belle Fontaine Park

    Fort Belle Fontaine is a St. Louis County Park steeped in history. This site was established in 1805 as the United State’s first militaryย installation west of the Mississippi River. The fort took its name from a nearby spring named โ€œBelle Fontaineโ€ which means โ€œbeautiful fountainโ€ in French. Lewis and Clark camped near this site at the start of their famous expedition and also stayed at the newly established fort and trading post on their return…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Explore Turquoise Waters and History at Maramec Spring Park

    Missouri is known for having an abundance of beautiful natural springs. One of these springs can be viewed 90 minutes west of St. Louis at Maramec Spring Park. An area of stunning beauty, the park contains the fifth largest spring in the state. An average of 100 million gallons of water flows from the spring daily into a pool of deep blue water. After being told of the spring and iron deposits in the area…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids,  Trips

    Best Hikes in Shawnee National Forest

    The Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois is one of our favorite areas to explore. You forget anything you ever thought about Illinois’s flat landscape when you view the rugged bluffs, trickling creeks, and dramatic overlooks that can be found in Shawnee. Shawnee has an amazing amount of scenic areas and parks to explore. There are trails available for all ages and abilities from a 1/4 easy trek to a multi-day backpacking adventure. It’s hard…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids,  St. Louis

    Explore Mighty Views and Rugged Terrain at Illinois’s Little Grand Canyon

    Arizona is not the only state that can claim a Grand Canyon. Illinois has its own version. While nowhere near as large or as grand, this rugged area is still an amazing sight. Not designed for the beginner hiker, this rough and tumble trail requires you to literally scramble up and down a slick waterfall in and out of a steep ravine. However, the constant stunning views both from above and below the bluffs are…