I just love hiking when I can get out. I loved doing this beautiful hidden gem. This is Hickory Canyons. Located in St. Genevieve , Mo . It is a moderate hike with lots of up and downs along with many different things to see. We went from seeing frozen icicles to melting and cascading waterfalls. The 1 mile hike is very unexpected in the winter months. It was a a warmer day so we got see both. Frozen and melting. This is very active when after a rain. This is a great hike for a mile .
Natural Features Description:
This area is botanically rich, supporting 541 native vascular plant species and 152 bryophyte (liverworts and mosses) species. A number of these species are considered glacial relicts. Glacial relicts are species that were more common in Missouri 12,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Since then, the climate has warmed, forcing some species to inhabit micro-climates that mimic the cool, moist conditions of glacial times. Glacial relicts at Hickory Canyons include hay-scented fern, fir clubmoss and winterberry. The area is rich in fern species with over a dozen species represented.
Well visited one of my favorite place to go which is Pickle Springs Park in St.Genevieve Missouri which also is very close to Farmington ,Missouri.
Explore a geological wonderland that is a National Natural Landmark.
View scenic waterfalls and cool box canyons that harbor unusual plants and animals.
Enjoy the blossoms of rose azalea along the sandstone valley in the spring.
This scenic natural area contains all sorts of fascinating sandstone rock formations including box canyons and wet weather waterfalls. The sandstone rock here is the Lamotte sandstone that was formed from sandy beaches of a shallow ocean that existed here 500 million years ago.
Missouri has so much to offer as far as beauty of nature and wildlife.
This is Johnson Shut-In located in Missouri. This place is so beautiful!! great place to take a trip with the family and enjoy swimming. Play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River. Shoot through Mother Nature’s hydraulics in the shut-ins. Hike a trail that will show you 1.4 billion years of geologic history. Take your horse on a pretty mountain trail. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is a jewel of the system, a place with something for everyone: pretty picnic areas, Ozark landscapes, natural places to swim, great campsites.
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On my 4th of July we took a road trip along Route 66 and it was fantastic! Here are some Memories of yesterday !So much good information on Times Beach, Coral Courts,Roadside Cafe, 66 Drive INN
Here is the History on Times Beach It was a really big deal! Now it os a beautiful Park called Route 66 Park. Lots of Wildlife and Nature, hiking ,trails for horses etc…
Times Beach is a ghost town in St. Louis County, Missouri, Missouri, United States, located 17 miles (27 km) southwest of St. Louis and 2 mi (3 km) east of Eureka. Once home to more than two thousand people, the town was completely evacuated early in 1983 due to a dioxin scare that made national headlines. It was the largest civilian exposure to dioxin in the country’s history.
Today, the land that was once Times Beach is now Route 66 State Park. One building from the town still exists: the park’s visitor center was once a roadhouse from Times Beach’s glory days, and was the EPA’s headquarters for the area. There is a large grass mound beneath which is the debris of the demolished buildings of the former town.