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THE WATERWAYS, streams and rivers of this region are the Mississippi River, St. Francois River, Big River, Castor River, Crooked Creek Whitewater River, Little Whitewater and River Aux Vases.

The Mississippi

River wanders past rich farmland and scenic rivertowns in Missouri's River Heritage Region. It is a region of great beauty and quiet charm deep in early American history. Enjoy the natural beauty of The Mark Twain Forest, the Riverways and the St. Francois Mountains.


Tower Rock Natural Area

Red Rock Landing Conservation Area

Big Oak Tree State Park

Chalk Bluff Trail

Otter Slough
Conservation Area

Morris State Park

Perry County. State Route A. Contry Road 460.
This 32 acre area offers a scenic view of the 60 feet Tower Rock, and of the waters of the Mississippi River. A hiking trail leads to access to the Mississippi riverfront and an overlook of the bluffs above. A landing was built atop the rocky island in 1968, local indians thought the rock to be inhabitated by a "Manitou". In 1803, the island was explored by Captain Lewis.

In Perry County.

In Mississippi County. HWY 102, East Prairie.
1,000 acre preserve as a monument to the original forested wilderness the "swampeast" of the bootheal. Canopy trees rise to 120 feet.

In New Madrid County.

Stoddard County. HWY ZZ. SW of Dexter. 573-624-5821. Cypress swamp and River slough provide unique habitat for all water and outdoor activities. 1.5 mile trail.

In Dunklin County.

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- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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