Too much to see here in a single day. The campground is open April 1 - October 31. Walk in November 1 - December 31.
Took a road trip north of interstate 70 to see Sandy Creek Natural Tunnel, Union Covered Bridge and The Pinnacles. The rock formations for both are of Burlington Limestone. Camped at Tri-City Community Lake which had 6 or so nice little sites on a hill next to the lake.
Scouted out spots for a winter sunrise picture at Vilander Bluff. There was quite a bit of cloud cover at sunrise but seems like there is a lot of potential. Afternoon glow from sunset could also be good for pics facing upriver.
Hiking and backpacking South Cumberland State Park's Fiery Gizzard & Savage Gulf for Christmas. Some pretty incredible features for only a six hour drive from St. Louis.
Hit the sandstone of St. Genevieve county this weekend. Not much rain lately so spent a good amount of time scouting new areas. Found some promising wet weather falls for another trip.
This waterfall in near the border of La Barque Creek Conservation Area & Don Robinson State Park. This phone was taken Thanksgiving morning 2020 after an inch of rain the day before.
Stayed at Sinking Creek Tower trailhead with the trailer. Visited Coward's Hollow, Big Springs, Turner Spring & Big Barren Creek Natural Area (not pictured). Big Springs was somewhat flooded so iphone shot is actually of a lesser side spring.
Castor River Shut-in is an impressive formation with a unique pink-ish color. While other shut-ins may cast red hues, the vibrant pink rhyolite here is absolutely striking. Before recognizing the native glade plant life, one might mistake photos of this area as being from another state.
North of Arcadia and only a few miles from the highest point in Missouri, Royal Gorge sits just off the side of the road. Its history is both ancient, on the order of 1.5 billion years old volcanic rock — and more recent, with a giant stone and mortar wall constructed during the Great Depression which still supports the roadway. Designated a natural area in 1973, the shut-ins and towering rhyolite outcroppings above Minor Creek are magnificent.
Little Rock Creek Shut-in is a spectacular formation of lichen covered boulders, straight edge rhyolite chutes and turquoise plunge pools. At the southern base of Black Mountain, this shut-in's proximity to the road should be ignored. Its considerable beauty, coupled with the sounds of falling water drown out even the loudest passerby.