& Campgrounds Near St. Louis
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Getaway from St. Louis for weekend trips and weekend getaways
to observe everything Mother Nature has to offer. Outdoor
enthusiasts will realize why the scenic Arcadia Valley Region
and Black River have been designated "the
outdoor recreation capital of Missouri" Whether
you enjoy camping, float trips, hiking, biking, horseback
riding, hunting, fishing or bird watching, there is no other
region in Missouri that offers more attractions! Our
abundant conservation and wilderness areas, state forests,
the Mark Twain National Forest, the Ozark Trail and three
of the most beautiful and popular state parks in Missouri
provide limitless opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation
Take a Fall color drive near St. Louis to see the
best fall foliage color in Missouri!
near St. Louis
Enjoy the many campgrounds in our region of the Ozarks near
away to enjoy float trips- canoeing, rafting, tubing and kayaking.
Some are "horse friendly" and "dog
Enjoy a secluded campsite or campsites with live music
and concerts by the river and under the stars.
Whether you're looking for a family campground or a place where
you and your friends can stay up under the night sky until
the wee hours, we're sure you'll find just the right place.
the entire tour of our Black River Missouri Campgrounds.
Missouri State Parks near St. Louis
Sauk Mountain State Park -
Want to hike to the top of a mountain? Just park in the lot
of Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and walk a mere 1,000 feet
on a paved path to the top of Missouri’s highest mountain.
Here, an elevation marker sits, guiding visitors to the mountain’s
1,772 foot summit. If that’s not enough, the hike to
Mina Sauk Falls will take your breath away. Read
much more about Taum Sauk Mountain State Park here.
Rocks State Park
- A train of circus elephants dance trunk-to-tail to form
an awe-inspiring sight to the young and to the young at heart.
This is the appeal of Elephant Rocks State Park, named for
a train of gigantic pink granite boulders perched atop a hill,
just like circus elephants! Read
all about Elephant Rocks State Park here.
Shut-ins State Park
- Nearly 1.5 billion years ago, violently explosive volcanoes
hurled hot gasses and ash into the air. The ashes and gas
fell and cooled, forming rhyolite rock. A billion years later,
shallow inland seas swallowed the ancient, worn-down mountains,
burying the igneous rock under thousands of feet of sedimentary
rock such as limestone, sandstone, shale and dolomite. Read
more information about Johnson's Shut-ins State Park here.
hundreds of miles of the best Missouri trails for hiking and
you love to go hiking or biking, come to our region to experience
some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the United
States. You don't have to travel to Colorado or the Appalachian
Trail to do so, just come to our St. Francois Mountain Region
of the Missouri Ozarks in our region. You'll see
and experience a landscape unique
on the earth. They're all near St. Louis
where hundreds of miles of trails await your exploration!
For a complete
list of hiking and biking trails in the Arcadia Valley Region
and Black River Area, please click here.
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Twain National Forest
- and many other Missouri Conservation and Wilderness Areas
near St. Louis are here to thrill the avid outdoorsman (or
the links below to explore many other natural wonders of
our region near St. Louis.
Read about our Mark
Twain National Forest, Sutton
Bluff Recreation Area, Buford
Mountain State Forest, Crane
Lake Conservation Area, Bell
Mountain Wilderness Area, Ketcherside
Mountain State Forest, Marble
Creek Recreation Area, Millstream
Gardens Whitewater Area, Silver
Mines Recreation Area, Council
Bluff Lake, Grasshopper
Royal Gorge, Logan
Creek Conservation Area and Deer
Run Conservation Areas. Click each entry to learn
on your escape from St. Louis !