SAUK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
"The park provides 7,448 acres of solitude amid unspoiled land
with a wilderness quality hard to find in today's world.
Our Park is located in the St. Francois Mountains, one of the most
rugged and scenic areas of the state. Almost 1.5 billion years ago,
volcanic eruptions of hot ash settled and cooled to form rhyolite.
Erosion has left only the roots of these mountains behind, now dotted
by oak-hickory forest and rocky glades.
Sauk Mountain literally stands above others as the highest point
in Missouri, rising to 1,772 feet. An easy walk leads visitors to
the top. From there, the moderately rugged three-mile Mina Sauk
Falls Trail continues to the tallest wet-weather waterfall in Missouri.
Mina Sauk Falls drops 132 feet over a series of rocky ledges. A
portion of this trail also serves as part of the Taum Sauk Section
of the Ozark Trail. Farther down the trail lies Devil's Tollgate,
an eight-foot-wide passage through volcanic rhyolite standing 30
feet high. The Ozark Trail continues on to Johnson's Shut-Ins State
Park, a distance of 12.8 miles."
ROCKS STATE PARK
"Imagine giant granite rocks standing end-to-end like a train
of circus elephants. That's what you'll see at Elephant Rocks State
Park. About 1.5 billion years ago, hot magma cooled forming coarsely
crystalline red granite, which later weathered into huge, rounded
boulders. Standing atop a granite outcrop, one of the largest elephant
rocks, Dumbo, tops the scales at a whopping 680 tons!
to Elephant Rocks State Park can easily view the granite boulders
from the one-mile Braille Trail, designed to accommodate people
with visual or physical disabilities. The trail passes by a quarry
pond, which now supports a variety of animal life. A short spur
off of the trail takes visitors to the top of the granite outcrop,
where they can explore the maze of giant elephant rocks.
second spur brings visitors to a point overlooking an old quarry
site. This red granite, first commercially quarried in the late
1800s, has been used as building material and as paving blocks for
the St. Louis levee and downtown streets. Today, "Missouri
Red" granite is cut and polished mainly for use as monuments.
Thirty picnic sites allow visitors to rest and have a cool drink
among the stone pachyderms. Come see for yourself why Elephant Rocks
State Park is a place you'll never forget!"
SHUT-INS STATE PARK
"Nature's Waterpark". The park is open
during the 2009 summer season.
Truly one of Missouri's natural geologic wonders.
swift waters of the East Fork Black River flow through a canyonlike
gorge called a "shut-in" in the 8,549-acre Johnson's Shut-Ins
State Park. These igneous rocks were formed nearly 1.5 billion years
ago when violent volcanic eruptions threw ash and hot gases into
the air. As these materials settled to the ground and cooled, they
formed the rhyolite rock seen at the park today. Read more
on Johnson's Shut-ins, the geology of the park and how this natural
wonder was formed.
GARDENS WHITEWATER AREA
rushing waters cascade through Tiemann Shut-Ins. Hiking, picnicking,
fishing, and archery range.
From Nostalgic Place, take Hwy 72 East.
MINES RECREATION AREA
Historic mine trails and beautiful scenery along the St. Francois
River plus hiking trails, camping, and picnicking areas. From
Nostalgic Place take Hwy 72 East to Hwy "D."
GEORGE SCENIC SITE
A stop on the road for great natural views and rock climbing.
Hwy 21, South of Nostalgic Place