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.

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Photo: Hike from Taum Sauk to the Hwy N TH was the plan for Saturday but with the rain and wind forecast we opted for Sunday, colder but sunny. A little over four miles in the girl in the orange jacket trips on the rocky trail and breaks her arm. So much fo... more

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.
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Shoshone Falls

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

Broken Arch in Arches National Park June 2016.
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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.
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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
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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. OzarkMountainHiker.com
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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
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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.
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Illinois Parks, Hikes and Historic Sites

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Photo: Burden Falls located in Southern Illinois in the Shawnee National Forest May 2015.
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Florida Parks and Beaches

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Siesta Key Beach and Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida.
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Missouri Parks, Rivers and Hikes

Rockford Beach Park
Rockford Beach Park on the Big River in Jefferson County, Missouri.
St. Francois State Park
8920 U.S. 67, Bonne Terre, MO 63628
Don Robinson State Park
9275 Byrnesville Road, Cedar Hill, Missouri 63016
Lower Rock Creek
Lower Rock Creek west of Fredericktown Missouri off Hwy E.
Pickle Springs Natural Area
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Millstream Gardens Conservation Area
Silver Mines Recreation Area
Young Conservation Area
Eureka, MO 63025
Council Bluff Recreation Area
Hiking the 12-mile Council Bluff Trail that circles the 440 acre lake.
Meramec State Park
670 Fisher Cave Drive, Sullivan, MO 63080
Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park
800 Guy Park Dr, Wildwood, MO 63005
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park
Johnson's Shut-Ins on the East Fork of the Black River.
Elephant Rocks State Park
Giant elephant-shaped granite boulders formed from 1.5 billion year old granite. Elephant Rocks Natural Area can be easily viewed from the one mile Braille Trail.
Hickory Canyons Natural Area
Box canyons, waterfalls and creeks located less than a mile from two trailheads located on either side of Sprott Road. Note: The trailhead and parking is on Sprott road off EE....
Shut-ins Creek
Bushwhack hike from Lindsey Mountain to Shut-in Creek below Bell Mountain. Bell Mountain Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest
Rockwoods Reservation
2751 Glencoe Rd. Wildwood, MO 63038
McCormack Lake Recreation Area
Located 13 miles south of Winona on Highway 19.
Bluff View Park - Bluff View Trail
Bluff View Park in Wildwood Missouri on Old State Road. There is a trailhead for the Bluff View Trail at the back end of the park drive. The bluffs overlooking the Meramec River ar...
LaBarque Creek Conservation Area
Valley Drive South, Missouri 63015
Lone Elk Park
I-44 North Outer Road west of Highway 141, St. Louis, MO
Hawn State Park
12096 Park Drive, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 Pickle Springs
Black Mountain
Located on Hwy E about 11 miles west of Hwy 67 south of Fredericktown, MO. There are two small pull offs on Hwy E at the bottom of the cascades with room for four vehicles. No trai...
Castor River Shut-Ins
Missouri's only known pink granite shut-ins. Located in the Amidon Memorial Conservation Area east of Fredericktown, Missouri.
Hercules Glades Wilderness
Long Creek in Hercules Glades Wilderness, located near Branson Missouri in the Mark Twain National Forest. We backpacked about four miles to a camp just below the falls Saturday, D...
West Tyson County Park
Chubb Trail and Flint Quarry Trail
Kayaking the Meramec River
Kayaking from Onondaga Cave State Park to Blue Springs Creek Saturday, August 2, 2014. Most of the river was quiet but there were sections jammed with rafts and canoes. Next ti...
Kayaking the Current River
Camped at the Pulltite Campground and kayaked the Current River from Akers to Round Spring June 28 -29, 2014 with kayaks from Carr's Canoe Rental.
Buford Mountain
Buford Mountain Conservation Area, located east of highway 21 on route U northeast to the area. 10.5 mile hiking trail.
Sam A. Baker State Park.
Rustic cabins, a campground, a Lodge Restaurant and hiking trails on the St. Francis River and Big Creek.

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.
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The Ozark Trail

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Photo: Devil's Tollgate on the Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail on a great Sunday hike in November.
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