Mud Creek Shut-in

County: Madison County, MissouriNearest City: FredericktownTrailhead: 37.553909, -90.437662Distance from downtown STL: 1 hour 29 minutes / 95 milesTrail Length: 1.5 milesTrail Format: Out and backLand Management: Millstream Gardens Conservation AreaCamping: No camping allowedShut-ins Location: 37.5642, -90.4522Watershed: St. Francis River Trail Maps:8.5 x 11 PDF8.5 x 11 JPGGPS Track: (How to use GPS on your phone)Mud … Continue reading Mud Creek Shut-in

Little Rock Creek Shut-in

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.

Rock Pile Mountain Shut-in

Rockpile Mountain is the smallest of Missouri’s eight designated wilderness areas. With only two miles of maintained trail, exploring its 4,238 acres is entirely cross-country. Old road traces are still easy enough to follow along most of the ridge lines, though none are marked. The cairn-like stacked rocks of its namesake tend to draw the attention of most visitors.