Mineral Mines: Bonne Terre to Millstream Gardens, MO

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Mineral Mines: Bonne Terre to Millstream Gardens, MO is a 33 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Park Hills, MO that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

33.0 miles Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

scenic driving

forest

river

views

A 33-mile drive that begins at Bonne Terre and travels through the historic mining region to the scenic granite shut-ins of Millstream Gardens Conservation Area 9 miles west of Fredericktown. This drive begins in the Ozark borders rolling, wooded hills and their broad, open valleys and clear streams. This area is part of the largest lead-producing region in the world. The hills become more pronounced and rugged as you head south. Here, US 67 edges along the eastern flank of the St. Francois Mountains, a landform that contains the oldest exposed rock (2 to 3 billion years old) in the mid-continental region. Most of the rock is covered by dense forests of oak and pine, but grassy openings called glades and boulder-strewn streams known as shut-ins provide interesting places to explore the geologic past. Special attractions: Bonne Terre Mine, Mineral Mines State Historic Site, Silver Mines Recreation Area, and Millstream Gardens Conservation Area; scenic views, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, off-road vehicle (ORV) trails, and geology. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more. This drive begins in the Ozark borders rolling, wooded hills and their broad, open valleys and clear streams. This area is part of the largest lead-producing region in the world. The hills become more pronounced and rugged as you head south. Here, US 67 edges along the eastern flank of the St. Francois Mountains, a landform that contains the oldest exposed rock (2 to 3 billion years old) in the mid-continental region. Most of the rock is covered by dense forests of oak and pine, but grassy openings called glades and boulder-strewn streams known as shut-ins provide interesting places to explore the geologic past. Special attractions: Bonne Terre Mine, Mineral Mines State Historic Site, Silver Mines Recreation Area, and Millstream Gardens Conservation Area; scenic views, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, off-road vehicle (ORV) trails, and geology. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

scenic driving
1 year ago

Nice drive through the Ozarks. Several historic sites, state parks, virtually unlimited hiking trails in the area. White water kayaking in the spring, and much more.

hiking
3 years ago

Doesn't make sense. Says we have arrived at destination but all that was there is cemetery.