Sharing the Adventure Beyond Castlewood Missouri

Interested in exploring new parks, trails and rivers, I created this site to share photos and stories of adventures Beyond Castlewood. Photo: Geese on Roby Lake by the Roby Lake Trailhead for the Big Piney Trail in the Paddy Creek Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest.

Beyond Castlewood - August 29, 2017
Rockford Beach Park on the Big River in Jefferson County, Missouri.
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Sharing stories and photos from the past and present of Castlewood Missouri

Washington, Pacific North West

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View of the Pacific Ocean from the Kalaloch Lodge in the Olympic National Forest.

Shoshone Falls

Hint of a second rainbow in the mist of Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho.

Tom Uhlenbrock - Missouri State Parks

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Mastodon Tusk Receives Some Loving Care

KIMMSWICK, Mo. – The 8-foot-long mastodon tusk on display at Mastodon State Historic Site looks almost good as new, even though it's more than 10,000 years old.

The tusk recently returned to the museum at the state historic site after a six-month stay at the Saint Louis Science Center's Fossil Lab, where it was cleaned and stabilized.

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park on a hot day in late June 2016.

Arches National Park

Broken Arch in Arches National Park June 2016.

Oregon Waterfalls

Photo: Multnomah Falls, 611 feet tall and located off of I-84 just 30-minute east of Portland, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Tennessee National and State Parks

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Photo: Cummins Falls nine miles north of Cookeville, Tennessee on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River. Cummins Falls State Park.
Great Smoky Mountains NP

Ozark Mountain Hiker

Jim Warnock - November 21, 2015
While researching possible trails in the Jacks Fork and Current River area of Missouri, I almost dismissed Alley Spring because of its shortness at only 1.9 miles. As I stepped onto the trail beginning behind the mill, I realized what a mistake that would have been. The trail is well built and scenic every step of the way. Here's a link if you want to read and see more.

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Photo: Dream Lake, 1.1 miles from the Bear Lake Trailhead on Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. I was passed by skiers and snowboarders skiing down the trail while hiking up to Dream Lake covered with snow April 1, 2017

Grand Teton - Yellowstone National Park

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Wanting to get away from the crowded holiday weekend in Yellowstone, Friday afternoon my son and I went to a ranger station to register for a backcountry permit. There were several sites available, from a mile to a 10 mile hike in. We chose Backcountry Campsite 2H4 on Hellroaring Creek, two-and-a-half miles from the Hellroaring Trailhead. The trail was easy to follow, crossing the Yellowstone River on a foot bridge and passing small herds of bison and pronghorn along the way.

Illinois Parks, Hikes and Historic Sites

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Photo: Burden Falls located in Southern Illinois in the Shawnee National Forest May 2015.

Florida Parks and Beaches

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Siesta Key Beach and Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida.

Missouri Parks, Rivers and Hikes

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We took a couple of hikers for their first backpacking campout on the Wilderness Trail at Meramec State Park this weekend. Packed in to a backpacking camp Saturday afternoon with occasional stops to feed the insects. After arriving at the campsite and setting up we collected firewood. The forecast called for evening temps below 80 and we wanted to stay warm. Packed out Sunday morning and ended our weekend with a swim in the Meramec. Seriously, it was a fun weekend. June 11-12, 2016

Missouri Springs, Mills and Historic Sites

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Photo: Greer Spring, The second largest spring in Missouri with an average daily flow of 222 million gallons from two outlets about 250 feet apart. The spring is 0.9 miles from the trailhead located about 8 miles north of Alton, Missouri on Highway 19.

The Ozark Trail

Karkaghne Section
Karkaghne Section of the Ozark Trail - 29 miles from the Hwy J Trailhead to the Hwy P Trailhead.
Courtois Section
Courtois Section of the Ozark Trail - 48 miles from the Onondaga Trailhead to the Hazel Creek Trailhead
Bell Mountain
12 mile loop off the Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail.
North Fork Section
North Fork Section of the Ozark Trail - 27 miles from the Hwy P Trailhead to the Collins Ridge Trailhead
Middle Fork Section
Middle Fork / John Roth Memorial Section of the Ozark Trail - 24 miles from the Hwy DD Trailhead to the Hwy J Trailhead
Victory Section
Victory Section of the Ozark Trail - 19 miles from the Brushy Creek Trailhead to the Wrangler Trailhead
Current River Section
Current River Section of the Ozark Trail - 30 miles from the Powder Mill Trailhead to the Hwy 60 Trailhead. Rocky Falls and Klepzig Mill on Rocky Creek.
Blair Creek Section
Blair Creek Section of the Ozark Trail - 27 miles from the Hwy P Trailhead to the Powder Mill Trailhead.
Taum Sauk Section
Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail - 35 miles from the Hwy A Trailhead to the Hwy 21 Trailhead. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
Wappapello Section
Wappapello Section of the Ozark Trail - 35 miles from the Sam A Baker State Park Trailhead to the Hwy 172 Trailhead.
Trace Creek Section
Trace Creek Section of the Ozark Trail - 26 miles from the Hazel Creek Trailhead to the Hwy A Trailhead.