Sharing the Adventure Beyond Castlewood Missouri

Photos, maps, information and links to sites for parks, trails and rivers Beyond Castlewood Missouri.
Photo: High Falls State Park on a cloudy day in January.
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.
Photo: Castlewood bluffs overlooking the Meramec River Saturday after a snow storm Friday, February 16. The snow was melting fast in the warm sunny afternoon.

Castlewood & Beyond

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Africa - Morocco

Marrakech and Imlil - Morocco
Photo: Overlooking Marrakech, Morocco December 2022.

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: Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park September 2015.


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London UK - Sicily and Palermo, Italy - Munich, Germany
Photo: Faraglioni di Scopello, Sicily. - Hiking seven kilometers along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the Zingaro Nature Reserve, Sicily.

Florida Parks and Beaches

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Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Myakka River State Park and, Highlands Hammock State Park, Rainbow Springs State Park.
Photo: Spring and swimming area at Rainbow Springs State Park. January 2024.


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High Falls State Park and Cloudland Canyon State Park
Photo: Hemlock Falls at Cloudland Canyon State Park on a cloudy afternoon January 12, 2022.


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

Giant City State Park
Southern Illinois in the Shawnee National Forest, 235 Giant City Road, Makanda, IL 62958.
Panther Den Wilderness
Located within the Shawnee National Forest in Union County, Illinois. River to River Trail
Ferne Clyffe State Park
Located a mile south of Goreville on Illinois Route 37.
Garden of the Gods Recreation Area
Herod, IL 62947 In the Shawnee National Forest
The Great River Road and Pere Marquette SP
Pere Marquette State Park 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Grafton, IL 62037
Salt Lick Point Land and Water Reserve
Salt Lick Trail, Newman Trail and Johnson Trail in Valmeyer, Illinois.
Max Creek
Shawnee National Forest
Jackson Falls
Shawnee National Forest
Burden Falls Wilderness
Shawnee National Forest

Missouri Parks, Rivers and Hikes

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Photo: Hickory Canyons - Box canyons, waterfalls and creeks located less than a mile from two trailheads located on either side of Sprott Road.

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.

Utah - Arches NP

Photo: Broken Arch in Arches National Park June 2016.

Washington, Pacific North West

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Photo: Kalaloch Beach on the Pacific Ocean by the Kalaloch Lodge in the Olympic 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.