• Hikes,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Take a Paved Nature Walk on the Rock Hollow Trail

    If you are looking for an easier walk or a good non-muddy trail after a rain, check out the Rock Hollow Trail in Wildwood, Missouri. Part of the St. Louis area Great Rivers Greenway Trail network, this path is great for walking or biking. During the spring, the trail is one of the area’s hotspots for viewing bluebell flowers. Rock Hollow Trail Distance: 2.3 mile each way, out and back Difficulty: 2/5. Wide and paved,…

  • Hikes,  Kids,  Missouri

    Exploring Missouri’s Roaring River State Park

    While Roaring River State Park may be most well known as a great place for fishing, we discovered that it contains many opportunities for recreation for all. While on the way to visit family, we made an overnight stop to check out the beauty and attractions of this rugged park in far southern Missouri. History of the Park The reliable gushing water of Roaring Spring lead to the building of several mills at this site…

  • Hikes,  Illinois,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    10 Great Spring Hikes Around St. Louis

    After a bitterly cold winter, spring is finally here. If the warm weather and budding trees have you ready to explore outside, here is a list of several area hikes that really shine during the spring. St. Francois State Park St. Francois is a lovely Missouri State Park with several hiking trails. The Mooner’s Hollow Trail is a great choice due to its cascading waterfall. However, the Swimming Deer Trail is the real star in…

  • Hikes,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Weldon Spring Conservation Area Clark Trail

    The Weldon Spring Conservation Area is located in St. Charles County, Missouri. The area features many miles of trails and borders the popular rails-to-trails Katy Trail. One of the more popular trails here is the Lewis and Clark trail system. The path consists of the 5.2 mile Clark Loop with an optional secondary loop called the Lewis Trail to make an 8 mile total trek. Lewis & Clark Trail Length: 5.2 miles on Clark loop, 8…

  • Hikes,  Illinois,  Kids

    Explore Multiple Waterfalls at Burden Falls in Illinois

    Burden Falls is a more off the beaten path waterfall to visit in the Shawnee National Forest. The rugged beauty of this spot in far southern Illinois is well worth the drive. Even better, you can see part of the waterfalls right from the parking lot. Burden Falls Trail Length: Upper Falls can be seen right from parking area. Lower falls require a one mile each way or you can make a loop by doing…