• Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri

    Climb Among the Giants at Missouri’s Elephant Rocks State Park

    I’ve been too busy to blog lately so this post is a couple weeks overdue but I want to take the time to share this hike. We consider this one of the best in Missouri and perfect for families. The park gets its name from the unique and massive granite boulders that stand on end like a train of circus elephants. The largest of these boulders, known as “Dumbo” is estimated to weight 680 tons! The oldest commercial granite quarry in the state operated here…

  • Arkansas,  Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids

    Waterfalls Views at Tanyard Creek Nature Trail in Bella Vista, Arkansas

    Since we have family in northwest Arkansas, we make the trek to this region several times a year. Each trip we try to explore a different attraction. One of the highlights of our latest trip to the Natural State is the hidden gem of Tanyard Creek. The Tanyard Creek Nature Trail is located in Bella Vista, not far from the Missouri border. This beautiful trail was built by volunteers and donations to create a stunning slice of nature right in the middle of town. The…

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

    Climb to Great Views at Salt Lick Point Trail in 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 the loop by hiking the…

  • Hiking,  Illinois,  Missouri,  Playgrounds,  St. Louis

    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 so I added the files…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Illinois,  Kids,  Trips

    Hike to Scenic Jackson Falls in Southern Illinois

    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 area not far from Bell…

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

    Cliff Cave County Park Trail in 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 provide a connector to the…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Missouri,  Trips

    View Missouri’s Tallest Waterfall on the Mina Sauk Falls Trail

    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 expect any good views from…

  • Hikes,  Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri

    Explore the Devil’s Honeycomb on 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 up Devil’s Tower in Wyoming.…