Just one-hour south of St. Louis on the edge of the beautiful Ozark mountains you will discover Farmington, Missouri. This quaint little town is surrounded by nine of Missouri’s most scenic state parks, challenging golf courses, an extreme off-road recreation area, hiking trails, and fifteen award winning vineyards and wineries. No matter your interests Farmington is the perfect destination!
One of the most popular sites in the area is Elephant Rocks State park. Elephant Rocks is one of the smaller state parks in the area with only about 150 acres to explore. However, there is so much to see and do you could spend an entire day hiking, climbing, and playing within the park. A favorite attraction at the park, is the Elephant Rocks for which the park is named. The Elephant Rocks are a series of boulders that look just like elephants lined up in a circus train. The largest stands over 27 feet tall and weighs in at 680 tons. This massive rock formation, has earned the moniker of Dumbo and is a popular attraction for children and adults alike.
Another attraction in the area is Pickle Springs Natural Area. Pickle Springs is a 180-acre natural area that is registered as a National Natural Landmark. This hidden gem located just 13 miles outside of Farmington, is known for its unusual rock formations, wet weather waterfalls, spectacular canyons, and wide range of plant species. Pickle Springs is without a doubt one of the most diverse natural areas in Missouri.
It’s no secret that some of the best hiking locations in the Midwest can be found in the Missouri Ozarks, and Hawn State Park is certainly near the top of that list! The best way to explore the park is on one of its three named hiking trails! The Whispering Pines Trail is one of the most popular in the entire United States. There is also a gorgeous campground that lies beneath a canopy of lofty pines, and includes both basic and electric sites.
Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is often referred to as a natural waterpark, and is a popular place to cool off during hot summer days. This unforgettable swimming hole is a must see for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Cool clear blue water, smooth rock waterslides and spectacular geological formations make Johnson’s Shut- In one of the most popular destinations in the region. There are also great campgrounds on-site and numerous well maintained hiking trails.
St. Joe State Park is located in the heart of the old “Lead Belt” of southeast Missouri where much of the nation’s lead ore was mined for more than a century. Today, St. Joe is Missouri’s third largest state park, featuring four lakes, two swimming beaches, equestrian trails, a hiking and bicycling trail, a water trail and picnic sites, as well as two campgrounds. The highlight however is the more than 2,000 acres set aside for off road vehicle riding. These trails make St, Joe the premier off road course in the state.
Whether you are seeking a peaceful walk through the woods, a challenging trek in the Ozark Mountains, an off-road adventure, or even a relaxing visit to one of the many charming wineries you will discover it just outside Farmington.
Don’t Miss: The Bonne Terre Mine, is located just 20 minutes from Farmington, and is the largest fresh water dive resort in the United States! Bonne Terre Mine offers a variety of activities for the whole family including boat and walking tours, school group tours, scuba diving in the mines’ vast water system, and much more!
Lodging: In Farmington, you can choose from a variety of locally owned and managed hotels that offer wonderful amenities and friendly hometown service. All of the hotels are located close to area attractions and just a short drive away from Missouri’s most premier wineries, beautiful state parks, and fabulous golf courses. For more information on local lodging, click here.
Pit Stop: Enjoy a picnic lunch and a glass of award winning wine or brew in the beautiful saltpeter cave, located beneath Cave Vineyard at 21124 Cave Road STE. Genevieve Mo.
Extended Play: Take in a round of golf in the moonlight at Pallo’s Par 3 Golf Course. With state-of-the-art lighting which fills the night sky, Pallo’s brings a new aspect to the game of golf.
Logistics: Farmington is located in St. Francois county, 60 miles south of St. Louis, in the southeastern corner of Missouri.
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