Route 66 State Park – Missouri

In the woods

 

 The once Historic Route 66, of the most famous roads in the United States that ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona and ended  in Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California, covered a total of 2,448 miles.  It has always been iconic for roadside stops….dinners…antiquing…and many historical sites.  Although it longer exists, you can still “get your kicks” on the path it took through the United States on other highways and roads.  In this series, I will highlight the many places you can stop to explore nature along this route….focusing on spots in the Midwest.  Looking for more stops….check out this guide

Travel through history on the mother road at Route 66 State Park.  Route 66 captured Americans’ imagination and exposed millions of citizens to small towns across the county.  Sample a slice of that at the visitor center, which has displays showcasing the road and is the former Bridgehead Inn, a 1935 roadhouse that sat on the original Route 66.  The park has more than 40 types of birds and encompasses 419 acres abounding with field of wild grass and brush.  Trails are sprinkled throughout the park. It sits on the Meramec River at the site of the former town of Times Beach, Missouri.  The Meramec River is one of the longest free-flowing waterways in the U.S. state of Missouri.

 https://mostateparks.com/park/route-66-state-park

Flower Field

Meramec River

Meramec-river.jpg

 

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66 Hikes Along Rt. 66 – Mark Twain National Forest

Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri

 

The once Historic Route 66, of the most famous roads in the United States that ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona and ended  in Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California, covered a total of 2,448 miles.  It has always been iconic for roadside stops….dinners…antiquing…and many historical sites.  Although it longer exists, you can still “get your kicks” on the path it took through the United States on other highways and roads.  In this series, I will highlight the many places you can stop to explore nature along this route….focusing on spots in the Midwest.  Looking for more stops….check out this guide.

 

The Mark Twain National Forest,  Missouri’s only national forest, encompasses roughly 1.5 million acres, mostly within the Ozark Highlands. Located across southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, the Ozark Highlands are an ancient landscape characterized by large permanent springs, over 5,000 caves, rocky barren glades, old volcanic mountains and nationally recognized streams. Portions of the Ozarks were never under oceans, nor were the areas glaciated.is a U.S. National Forest located in the southern half of Missouri.   It was established on September 11, 1939. It is named for author Mark Twain, a Missouri native. The park covers 3,068,800 acres with abundant Wilderness and Wildlife and a National Scenic River area. This huge park spans 29 counties and represents 11% of all forested land in Missouri.

Some unique features of the Mark Twain include Greer Spring, which is the largest spring on National Forest land and part of the Eleven Point National Scenic River, and pumps an average of 214 million gallons of water per day into the river.  The public can also visit the Glade Top Trail National Scenic Byway, which offers views of over 30 miles to the Boston Mountains in Arkansas. The 350-mile Ozark Trail system winds through much of the National Forest.

Wilderness Areas   The park has 9 Wilderness areas to explore

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Taum Sauk Mountain State Park — Whit’s 52 Hike Challenge: Adventure Series

Life’s been crazy I’ve got a little behind on my posts! This hike is one of my favorites, especially this time of year when the waterfall is really flowing.

Taum Sauk Mountain is part of the St. Francois Mountain range and is the highest point of elevation in the state of Missouri at 1,772 feet. The park covers 7,500 acres of wooded areas and rocky glades and a series of trails that include part of the Ozark Trail. Other features of the park are 12 basic use campsites and a picnic area. Dopgs are allowed on the trails as long as they are leashed, although if you’re dog isn’t used to rocky terrain and more difficult hikes I wouldn’t recommend bringing them.

Today I hiked the Mina Sauk Trail which is a well marked 2.9 mile loop that is moderately trafficked in nicer weather, but not as popular during the winter months. You’ll experience an elevation gain of 433 feet during this hike that is rated as being moderately difficult by both the parks department and the All Trails App. I would classify this hike as moderate/hard depending on your fitness level and hiking experience because although it is a shorter hike it is a natural trail that is very rocky and there are tree roots sticking up in several places. You’ll also experience a few places with steep climbs, creek crossings without bridges, downed vegetation, and bluffs/drop-offs next to the trail. I highly recommend you wear hiking boots with good ankle support and tread on this trail.

The highlight of this trail is the waterfall that you’ll find about halfway down the trail. It is beautiful all year long, but if you’re hoping to see a large, flowing waterfall I recommend paying attention to the weather and visiting after the area has had a lot of precipitation as it is a wet-weather waterfall. If you come in the summer after a dry spell you will still experience amazing views, but you’ll be disappointed with the falls. Keep in mind, if you are visiting during wet weather, this is a very rocky trail and can be very slippery so take your time and watch your step. It’s beautiful, but not worth a sprained ankle.

The Mina Sauk Traik connects to part of the Ozark Trail, right before you get to the top of the waterfall you will see a sign that points to the Ozark Trail and it will take you to the bottom of the falls. I always make the trip down to the bottom for some great photo opportunities and then climb back up to complete the Mina Sauk Trail. You can also take the Ozark Trail down another mile to see the Devil’s Tollgate.

The Sign at the beginning of the Mina Sauk Trail says it takes 3 hours to complete. I went off the trail to the bottom of the falls and stopped several times for pictures and completed it in 2 hours and 10 minutes.

I hope you enjoy this hike! If you decide to visit please let me know your thoughts!

Overall Rating 5/5

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66 Hikes Along Route 66

Route 66 State Park, Missouri

In the woods

Travel through history on the mother road at Route 66 State Park.  Route 66 captured Americans’ imagination and exposed millions of citizens to small towns across the county.  Sample a slice of that at the visitor center, which has displays showcasing the road and is the former Bridgehead Inn, a 1935 roadhouse that sat on the original Route 66.  The park has more than 40 types of birds and encompasses 419 acres abounding with field of wild grass and brush.  Trails are sprinkled throughout the park. It sits on the Meramec River at the site of the former town of Times Beach, Missouri.  The Meramec River is one of the longest free-flowing waterways in the U.S. state of Missouri.

 https://mostateparks.com/park/route-66-state-park

Flower Field

Meramec River

Meramec-river.jpg

 The once Historic Route 66, of the most famous roads in the United States that ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona and ended  in Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California, covered a total of 2,448 miles.  It has always been iconic for roadside stops….dinners…antiquing…and many historical sites.  Although it longer exists, you can still “get your kicks” on the path it took through the United States on other highways and roads.  In this series, I will highlight the many places you can stop to explore nature along this route….focusing on spots in the Midwest.  Looking for more stops….check out this guide.

And here are a few other great resources.

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66 Hikes Along Route 66 – #11

Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri

 

The once Historic Route 66, of the most famous roads in the United States that ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona and ended  in Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California, covered a total of 2,448 miles.  It has always been iconic for roadside stops….dinners…antiquing…and many historical sites.  Although it longer exists, you can still “get your kicks” on the path it took through the United States on other highways and roads.  In this series, I will highlight the many places you can stop to explore nature along this route….focusing on spots in the Midwest.  Looking for more stops….check out this guide.

 

The Mark Twain National Forest,  Missouri’s only national forest, encompasses roughly 1.5 million acres, mostly within the Ozark Highlands. Located across southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, the Ozark Highlands are an ancient landscape characterized by large permanent springs, over 5,000 caves, rocky barren glades, old volcanic mountains and nationally recognized streams. Portions of the Ozarks were never under oceans, nor were the areas glaciated.is a U.S. National Forest located in the southern half of Missouri.   It was established on September 11, 1939. It is named for author Mark Twain, a Missouri native. The park covers 3,068,800 acres with abundant Wilderness and Wildlife and a National Scenic River area. This huge park spans 29 counties and represents 11% of all forested land in Missouri.

Some unique features of the Mark Twain include Greer Spring, which is the largest spring on National Forest land and part of the Eleven Point National Scenic River, and pumps an average of 214 million gallons of water per day into the river.  The public can also visit the Glade Top Trail National Scenic Byway, which offers views of over 30 miles to the Boston Mountains in Arkansas. The 350-mile Ozark Trail system winds through much of the National Forest.

Wilderness Areas   The park has 9 Wilderness areas to explore

Bell Mountain.jpg

 

And here are a few other great hiking resources.

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