Montauk State Park.
Offering some of the finest trout fishing in the Midwest, Montauk State Park is located at the headwaters of the famed Current River. The park's springs combine with tiny Pigeon Creek to supply 43 million gallons of water to the river each day. The cool, clear stream is an ideal home for rainbow trout, and the scenic valley is the perfect setting for camping, hiking and other outdoor pursuits.
Anglers descend on Montauk State Park from March 1 to Oct. 31 for the official trout season, and on winter weekends for a catch-and-release season. After a day of fishing, you can tour the park's trout hatchery, managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Early settlers first established Montauk as a self-sufficient community in the early 1800s. A gristmill, built in 1896, is open seasonally for tours.
For visitors wishing to spend a night or more in the park, Montauk offers a wide variety of choices. The large campground, equipped with modern restrooms, hot showers and dump stations, features both basic and electric sites. The park offers rental cabins with kitchens and motel rooms for guests choosing to spend the night indoors. A modern dining lodge opens daily during the trout season and on weekends during the catch-and-release season.
Katy Trail State Park.
Katy Trail State Park offers a unique opportunity for people of all ages and interests. Whether you are a bicyclist, hiker, nature lover or history buff, the trail offers opportunities for recreation, a place to enjoy nature and an avenue to discover the past.
Katy Trail State Park is built on the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad (better known as the Katy). When the railroad decided to cease operation on its route from Machens in St. Charles County to Sedalia in Pettis County in 1986, it presented the chance to create an extraordinary recreational opportunity — a long-distance hiking and bicycling trail that would run almost 200 miles across the state.
The opportunity for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to acquire the right-of-way was made possible by the National Trails System Act, which provides that railroad corridors no longer needed for active rail service can be banked for future transportation needs and used on an interim basis for recreational trails. Because of a generous donation by the late Edward D. 'Ted' Jones, the department was able to secure the right-of-way and construct the trail. In 1991, the Union Pacific Railroad donated to the state an additional 33 miles of rail corridor from Sedalia to east of Clinton. Additional purchases and donations have been added. Today, Katy Trail state park is open for 225 miles from St. Charles to Clinton and is operated by the Department of Natural Resources as part of the state park system.
The trail allows users to travel through some of the most scenic areas of the state. The majority of the trail closely follows the route of the Missouri River so hikers and bicyclists often find themselves with the river on one side and towering bluffs on the other. The trail travels through many types of landscapes including dense forests, wetlands, deep valleys, remnant prairies, open pastureland and gently rolling farm fields. In the spring, the trail is brightened with flowering dogwood and redbud, while the fall is colored with the rich reds and oranges of sugar maple, sumac and bittersweet.
With so many types of habitats, wildlife is abundant, especially birds. Chickadees, nuthatches, robins, orioles and many types of woodpeckers are common. Red-tailed hawks and turkey vultures are often seen soaring above the trail, and bald eagles are common in the winter. Because of its location along the Missouri River flyway, migrating birds and waterfowl can be seen frequently. Watch for great blue herons, sandpipers, Canada geese and belted kingfishers.
Katy Trail State Park also takes users through a slice of rural history as it meanders through the small towns that once thrived along the railroad corridor. From the area known as 'Missouri’s Rhineland' that portrays the heritage of the German migrants to the historic town of Rocheport that dates from before the Civil War, these towns reflect the rich heritage of Missouri. These communities make great places to stop and explore during a ride on the trail.
Although the scenery often changes, the trail remains fairly level and constant as it meanders through the countryside. Trail heads, which provide parking areas and other amenities, are located periodically along the trail. Many communities also offer services to trail users.
The section of trail between St. Charles and Boonville has been designated as an official segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and the entire trail is part of the American Discovery Trail. The trail also has been designated as a Milennium Legacy Trail.
Visit SE Missouri below St. Louis.... Johnson Shut-ins ( 200 ft cliffs and a waterpark of smooth granite with a river flowing thru that ends in a huge lagoon..... Also Elephant Rocks- Huge Granite boulders with hiking trails and rockclimbing..... The Pinnacles (near Columbia MO)- more hiking, rock climbing, and cool rock formations.
The home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, The woman who wrote THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE
BOOKS. This is one of the last homes she lived in They built the house in 1913 and is restored for visitors to see. The house is located in Mansfield Missour. It is located east of Springfield Missouri
I have read all the books she wrote and have seen The little house on the prairie TV show. There is a
tour of the house and a museum to see the things that Wilder did during her life time.
To get there
Take highway 44 west of Rolla Missouri and then take highway 63 south to highway 60 and then go west to Mansfield Missouri
Hours open are Monday through Saturday 9 am to 530 pm
Sundays 1230 to 530
Prices to see for adults are $6.00
For more information write to Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum 3068 Highway A, Mansfield Mo.65704
or call 417 924 3626
When you have the change, get your bicycle out and ride the Katy Trail. This is a 180 miles old railroad track which has been converted into a nice gravel path. It runs right along the Missouri river from St Louis to some little town 180 west of St. Louis. Every 10 miles or so, there is a place to camp. So you can make it a multiple day tour.
The views are spectacular, the ride is flat (thus easy) and along the way there are many little towns which offer each a unique atmosphere.
If you like hiking/photography/outdoors check out Pickle Springs Natural Area near Farmington MO. Its just a couple miles east on Hwy 32
From here, almost the rest of the way to St. Louis from Kansas City, the tracks run along the Missouri River. Along this route are many wineries and small quaint river towns.
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