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PARKS FEATURED:   Mastadon State Park & Historic Site, Route 66 State Park, Valley View & Victoria Glades Natural Areas, Washington State Park, Pacific Palisades

Mastadon State Park & Historic Site
425 acres
3 Trails:
2.25 miles, .75 mile and .5 mile

Route 66 State Park
480 acres
7 miles

Valley View Glades Natural Area
227 acres

Victoria Glades Natural Area
101 acres

Washington State Park
1,811 acres
3 Trails:
1.5 mile, 3 miles and 10 miles

Pacific Palisades
692 acres

Mastadon State Park & Historic Site
HWY 55. Imperial. 1050 Museum Drive. 636-464-2976.

This site contains important archaelogical sites in Missouri. Excavation of American Mastadon remains and Indian artifacts of the Clovis culture, reveal they were of the Pleistocene ice age. A study site of ice age man and animals in North America up to 10,000-14,000 years ago. The Museum displays ancient specimens for a fee.
These 425 acres are open for day use for picnics and hiking. There are 3 trails: Limestone Hill (2.25 miles), steep and rugged on limestone bluffs; Spring Ranch (.75 mile) Rock Creek bottomland Bollefer Spring Stream; and the Wildflower Trail (.5 mile) passes the Callison Memorial Bird Sanctuary to the Bone Bed. Visit Kimmswick. Blue Owl

Route 66 State Park
HWY 70. 97 North Outer Road. Eureka. 636-938-7198.

This 480 acre park is located along the bluffs and woods of the Meramec River Valley. There are wide open trails to the rivers view and edge of Meramec River. There are more than seven miles of trails for hikers and family walkers, bicyclists and horse riders. Some of these trails are in developmental stages. In Spring and certain areas there are many deer roaming the park. A portion of this is the Historic Route 66 and there is the 1935 Bridgehead Inn Roadhouse in the park. This area was the former Times Beach Community.

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Valley View Glades
MDC, HWY B, west of Hillsboro, 636-938-7198. 636-458-2236. Contact: 573-458-2236.

This 227 acre natural area contains Cedar Hill and Belew Creek. It features large scenic glades have diverse flora and animal life. The Big River dolomite bluffs border the scenic glades. The area also features Oak Hickory forests and small creeks in the Mississippi River section of the Ozark Border Natural Division. Plants: Leather Flower, Missouri Evening Primrose; Little bluestem and sideoats grama grasses.

Victoria Glades
HWY BB, west of Hillsboro

101 acres of the Nature Conservancy Organization. Plants: Leather Flower, Missouri Evening Primrose; Little bluestem and sideoats grama grasses.

Washington State Park
Desoto, HWY 21 to 104. 636-586-2995.

Washington State Park lies in a region of wooded hills, open glades and clear Ozark streams of 1,811 acres. You'll enjoy the park's natural communities, cultural features, recreation areas and hiking trails. The prehistoric "Mississippian" Indians used this area and left petroglyphs, rock carvings, remnants of their culture. Outdoor display area. Big River. Camp, canoe, hike. Nestled in the forest land of the east ozarks this park was once a ceremonial ground for prehistoric indians. Today the rock carvings are a special attraction. Washington State Park represents the unique features of the eastern Ozarks as it contains a rich mixture of native forests. The Harwoods Natural Area and the Big River Flood Plain are most beautiful in the spring when the wildflowers, blue-eyed mary's, celandine poppies, bluebells, trilliums and violets are in bloom. The hills above the plains are limestone glades and savannas. These open forests and grasslands are throughout the natural area and trails. The rare species of flowering trees and unusual animal are found in the park. The collard lizard is a favorite because it is reminiscent of a miniature dinosaur in its movement and appearance.

The Big River borders the park , its dolomite bluffs offers a majestic view of the surrounding area and the river provides fishing, swimming and canoeing. There are trails and shaded campsites. 1,000 Steps Trail A 1.5 mile trail that follows the Big River floodplain up to the river bluff and back down. The bluff slope is rich wildflowers and ferns in the spring. This trail passes through the Washington Upland Hardwoods Natural Area. The name derived from the 1000 stone steps created during the 1930s, This trail is shared with the Rockywood Trail. Oppossum Trail is a 3 mile loop that follows the ravine uphill parallel to the MO 104 Road. The trail skirts the campground and follows the scenic Big River bluffs and offers views of the valley. Also shared with the Rockywood Trail. Rockywood Trail is a 10 mile trail with variations in its ruggedness, a clamber over glades, along high ridges and through wooded hollows. It travels through oak-hickory forests, rock outcroppings, high ridges, open cedar glades and valleys of prairie grasses and wildflowers.

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Pacific Palisades Conservation Area
1.5 miles south of Pacific on Route F, then 1/10-mile east on English Road.

Pacific Palisades Conservation Area is a 692-acres. This area contains forest, cropland, and fields, a stream (Meramec River) and sand and gravel pits which provide seasonal fishing and birdwatching.

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