• Hikes,  History,  Kids,  Missouri

    Discover Shut-ins and History at Lon Sanders Canyon Conservation Area

    Lon Sanders Canyon is a scenic and short hike located off the beaten path near Piedmont, Missouri. If you are looking for a quiet place to explore or a shallow place for kids to splash, the area contains rocky shut-ins along McKenzie Creek. Despite its rugged beauty, this place is relatively unknown compared to more popular parks such as Johnson’s Shut-Ins. History The canyon holds some interesting history. It is rumored that the Jesse James gang hid out in this…

  • Hikes,  Illinois,  Kids

    Beaver Dam State Park

    Beaver Dam is a small state park in west-central Illinois. Located in a more rural area, this state park is less well known but worth exploring. Situated in an oak/hickory woodland, Beaver Dam State Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities including fishing, picnicking, hiking, and both tent and trailer camping. There is also a restaurant and store open daily with paddle boat and canoe rentals available. History Beavers first built several dams along a stream in the valley here…

  • Hikes,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Find Caves and Waterfalls at Kress Farm Garden Preserve

    Kress Farm Garden Preserve is a hidden gem in Hillsboro, Missouri. The 142 acres preserve is dedicated to maintaining native plants and wildlife habitat under a conservation easement through Ozark Land Trust. The preserve features gardens, fields, forests, wildlife habitats, streams, and scenic bluffs. Volunteers work daily to maintain this scenic place for all to enjoy. The preserve features four different hiking trails plus a trail that combines several of the trails together. All are of easy to moderate difficulty.…

  • 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 over the years. The name…

  • 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 April. The trail runs past…