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    Camping at Onondaga Cave State Park

    Onondaga Cave State Park, near Leasburg, Missouri, is about 80 miles southwest of Saint Louis, on the Meramec River. With river access, plenty of hiking trails and two caves within the park, this park is a perfect place to have an adventure.

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    Camping at Johnson Shut-Ins

    Johnson Shut-Ins State Park, near Middle Brook, Missouri, is about 2 hours south of Saint Louis, nestled in the St. Francois Mountains. The unique geology of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park are perfect for camping, hiking, picnicking, splashing in the shut-ins, exploring nature or just relaxing.

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    2022 Spring Break Staycation Part One

    This year, we did a couple of things differently: we went with friends, and we ventured the rugged 6-mile North Loop of the Whispering Pine Trail, complete with THREE creek crossings. I will admit that it was a bit chillier than we were expecting this time of year, and the wind was gusty, but it was still fun.

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    Camping at Alley Spring

    Alley Spring, near Eminence, Missouri, is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, protected and maintained by the National Park Service (NPS). The spring is the 7th largest in the state, pumping an average 81 MILLION gallons per day. Alley Mill, situated on the bank of Alley Spring, was built in 1894 and is open seasonally for tours.

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    Camping at Echo Bluff State Park

    Formerly Camp Zoe and located in Eminence, MO, the beautiful Echo Bluff State Park is a relatively new park with lots to offer by way of accommodations and things to do. Nestled in the Ozarks near several springs, the waters of the Current River flow through this park, providing multiple areas for swimming and fishing, and it is a great place to stay if you are planning a float trip! There are even sightings of wild horses that roam the area!

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    Montauk State Park

    Inside the park is the spring that combines with Pigeon Creek to form the headwaters of the Current River. It is this spring that gives the water its beautiful green/blue hue. The water is so clear, you can see clear to the bottom of it. If you're a fisherman, this gives you a perfect view of where the fish are.

  • A dogwood tree begins to bud and bloom with one arm reaching out in front of a sandstone bluff in Hawn State Park.
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    Two Days at Hawn State Park

    This time of year, with the rain and the air starting to warm, everything was just starting to bud and bloom. Hiking the Pickle Creek trail, we saw lots of small waterfalls as the water raced over the rocks. The creek has carved away at the sandstone around it creating beautiful bluffs and rock faces. Though those same rocks made this trail a more difficult trail, but it was worth it to see those bluffs with the creek racing along at the bottom, wildflowers and trees blooming up around the banks.