Sharing the Adventure Beyond Castlewood Missouri

Photos, maps, information and links to sites for parks, trails and rivers Beyond Castlewood Missouri. Photo: Bull Elk trying to reach leaves on a rainy afternoon at Lone Elk County 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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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.

Washington, Pacific North West

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View of the Pacific Ocean from the Kalaloch Lodge in the Olympic National Forest.

Shoshone Falls

Hint of a second rainbow in the mist of Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho.

Tom Uhlenbrock - Missouri State Parks

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A Guide to the Turquoise Jewels of the Missouri Ozarks

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 springs hidden in the forested hills.

Located halfway between Salem and Eminence on Highway 19, the park’s entrance is the starting point for an easy drive to six of these sparkling gems.

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Yosemite National Park

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

Arches National Park

Broken Arch in Arches National Park June 2016.

Oregon Waterfalls

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.

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Photo: Dream Lake, 1.1 miles from the Bear Lake Trailhead on Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. I was passed by skiers and snowboarders skiing down the trail while hiking up to Dream Lake covered with snow April 1, 2017

Grand Teton - Yellowstone National Park

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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.

Illinois Parks, Hikes and Historic Sites

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

Florida Parks and Beaches

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Siesta Key Beach and Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida.

Tennessee National and State Parks

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Fall Creek Falls, Cummins Falls and Burgess Falls State Park.

Missouri Parks, Rivers and Hikes

Onondaga Cave State Park
7556 Hwy. H, Leasburg, MO 65535-9136 Park Trails
Council Bluff Recreation Area
Hiking the 12-mile Council Bluff Trail that circles the 440 acre lake.
Castor River Shut-Ins
Missouri's only known pink granite shut-ins. Located in the Amidon Memorial Conservation Area east of Fredericktown, Missouri.
Hercules Glades Wilderness
Long Creek in Hercules Glades Wilderness, located near Branson Missouri in the Mark Twain National Forest. We backpacked about four miles to a camp just below the falls Saturday, D...
Pickle Springs Natural Area
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Millstream Gardens Conservation Area
Silver Mines Recreation Area
Young Conservation Area
Eureka, MO 63025
McCormack Lake Recreation Area
Located 13 miles south of Winona on Highway 19.
Lone Elk Park
I-44 North Outer Road west of Highway 141, St. Louis, MO
West Tyson County Park
Chubb Trail and Flint Quarry Trail
Castlewood State Park
Castlewood Missouri and Castlewood State Park, 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021 More photos and info for Castlewood Missouri and Castlewood State Park at Cas...
Cuivre River State Park
678 State Route 147 Troy, MO 63379-5350
St. Francois State Park
8920 U.S. 67, Bonne Terre, MO 63628
Buford Mountain
Buford Mountain Conservation Area, located east of highway 21 on route U northeast to the area. 10.5 mile hiking trail.
Hickory Canyons
Box canyons, waterfalls and creeks located less than a mile from two trailheads located on either side of Sprott Road.
Rockwoods Reservation
2751 Glencoe Rd. Wildwood, MO 63038
Paddy Creek Wilderness
Big Piney Trail - Mark Twain National Forest
Black Mountain
Located on Hwy E about 11 miles west of Hwy 67 south of Fredericktown, MO. There are two small pull offs on Hwy E at the bottom of the cascades with room for four vehicles. No trai...
Bluff View Park - Bluff View Trail
Bluff View Park in Wildwood Missouri on Old State Road. There is a trailhead for the Bluff View Trail at the back end of the park drive. The bluffs overlooking the Meramec River ar...
Don Robinson State Park
9275 Byrnesville Road, Cedar Hill, Missouri 63016
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park
800 Guy Park Dr, Wildwood, MO 63005
Elephant Rocks State Park
Giant elephant-shaped granite boulders formed from 1.5 billion year old granite. Elephant Rocks Natural Area can be easily viewed from the one mile Braille Trail.
Hawn State Park
12096 Park Drive, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 Pickle Springs
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
Johnson's Shut-Ins on the East Fork of the Black River. Park Trails
Meramec State Park
670 Fisher Cave Drive, Sullivan, MO 63080
Sam A. Baker State Park.
Rustic cabins, a campground, a Lodge Restaurant and hiking trails on the St. Francis River and Big Creek.
LaBarque Creek Conservation Area
Valley Drive South, Missouri 63015
Kayaking the Current River
Camped at the Pulltite Campground and kayaked the Current River from Akers to Round Spring June 28 -29, 2014 with kayaks from Carr's Canoe Rental.
Lower Rock Creek
Lower Rock Creek west of Fredericktown Missouri off Hwy E.
Rockford Beach Park
Rockford Beach Park on the Big River in Jefferson County, Missouri.
Sherman Beach Park
Al Foster Trails
Shut-ins Creek
Bushwhack hike from Lindsey Mountain to Shut-in Creek below Bell Mountain. Bell Mountain Wilderness, 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.

The Ozark Trail

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Photo: Devil's Tollgate on the Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail on a great Sunday hike in November.