Sharing the Adventure Beyond Castlewood Missouri

Photos, maps, information and links to sites for parks, trails and rivers Beyond Castlewood Missouri.
Photo: Hiking the Shut-ins Trail at Sam A. Baker State Park.

Beyond Castlewood - August 29, 2017
Rockford Beach Park on the Big River in Jefferson County, Missouri.
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Sharing stories and photos from the past and present of Castlewood Missouri.

Castlewood & Beyond

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California - Yosemite NP

Photo: Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park on a hot day in late June 2016.

Canada - British Columbia

Hiked to the first peak of Stawamus Chief with my son and his dog on National Trails day. Squamish, British Columbia
Photo: View of the Stawamus Chief second peak from the first. The hike to the first peak is a 1.5 kilometre trail with an elevation gain of 540 meters.

Colorado - Rocky Mountain NP

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Photo: Nymph Lake .5 miles from the Bear Lake Trailhead on Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Florida Parks and Beaches

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Siesta Key Beach and Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida.
Photo: Alligators on the bank of the Myakka River.


Shoshone Falls and Salmon River
Photo: Hint of a second rainbow in the mist of Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho.

Illinois Parks, Hikes and Historic Sites

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Photo: Burden Falls located in Southern Illinois in the Shawnee National Forest May 2015.

Missouri - The Ozark Trail

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Over 390 miles of hiking trails in the Missouri Ozarks.
Photo: Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail.

Missouri Parks, Rivers and Hikes

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Hiking the Big Piney Trail in the Paddy Creek Wilderness on a cloudy Sunday in March 2018, Mark Twain National Forest.

Missouri Springs, Mills and Historic Sites

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Photo: Greer Spring, The second largest spring in Missouri with an average daily flow of 222 million gallons from two outlets about 250 feet apart. The spring is 0.9 miles from the trailhead located about 8 miles north of Alton, Missouri on Highway 19.


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Cannon Beach and waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
Photo: Multnomah Falls, 611 feet tall and located off of I-84 just 30-minute east of Portland, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Tennessee National and State Parks

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Fall Creek Falls, Cummins Falls and Burgess Falls State Park.
Photo: Cummins Falls, nine miles north of Cookeville, Tennessee on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River.

Tom Uhlenbrock - Missouri State Parks

Mastodon Tusk Receives Some Loving Care
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks KIMMSWICK, Mo. - The 8-foot-long mastodon tusk on display at Mastodon State Historic Site looks almost good as new, even though it's m...
New Park is a Botanical Garden
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks CEDAR HILL, Mo. – A bright sun nudged the thermometer to 10 degrees and glistened off the light snow that covered the forested hills ...
A Guide to the Turquoise Jewels of the Missouri Ozarks
By Tom Uhlenbrock The new Echo Bluff State Park, billed as the gateway to the Missouri Ozarks, is the perfect base camp for a two-day treasure hunt in search of the turquoise sp...
Effort to Save Historic Route 66 Bridge
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks EUREKA, Mo. – A highway landmark that once carried motorists on Historic Route 66 across the Meramec River in southwest St. Louis Cou...
Bald Eagles Arrive, Belatedly, in Missouri
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks Winter weather was late this year in Missouri, and so was the arrival of migrating bald eagles. The eagles that live in Canada and t...
State Parks Reach 1,000 Miles of Trails
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks WARSAW, Mo. – Bryan Bethel walked to the edge of the bluff to admire the view from a new hiking trail at Harry S Truman State Park in...
Hiking the Ozark Trail
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks California has the PCT. Missouri has the OT. The Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through California...
Wild Horses and Golden Glows on a Winter Float
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks Akers, Mo. – Ask Eugene Maggard about floating in winter, and he’ll tell you the story about his grandson’s birthday. “I wan...
A Whirling White Tornado at Big Lake
By Tom Uhlenbrock Missouri State Parks CRAIG, Mo. – Russell Burge called to say he had been a tad off on his estimate of the snow geese visiting Big Lake State Park in the ...

Utah - Arches NP

Photo: Broken Arch in Arches National Park June 2016.

Washington, Pacific North West

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Photo: Mount Rainier from State Route 165 on my way to Mount Rainier National Park

Wyoming - Grand Teton - Yellowstone

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Photo: Wanting to get away from the crowded holiday weekend in Yellowstone, Friday afternoon my son and I went to a ranger station to register for a backcountry permit. There were several sites available, from a mile to a 10 mile hike in. We chose Backcountry Campsite 2H4 on Hellroaring Creek, two-and-a-half miles from the Hellroaring Trailhead. The trail was easy to follow, crossing the Yellowstone River on a foot bridge and passing small herds of bison and pronghorn along the way.