Sandstone Trail: Prairie State Park

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Sandstone Trail: Prairie State Park is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mindenmines, MO that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round.

4.3 miles Loop

kid friendly

camping

hiking

river

views

wild flowers

Sandstone trail leads to East Drywood Creek, which encompasses about a mile of a prairie headwater stream The stream has rocky bottoms and deep pools lined with sandstone. Bison and white-tailed deer are often viewed along the trail. This trail is also excellent for observing prairie birds like the eastern meadowlark or the dickcissel, and possibly the bell's vireo. If a shorter loop is preferred, there is a .11-mile white connecter trail. Another white connecter can be followed for a half-mile, crossing the road to join Path of the Sky People to extend the walk. Pets are not allowed on the trails.

6 months ago

stay on the blazes. I tried a short cut. fail. this was a good eventful hike. ran across a dying buffalo and marked the spot on my phone to report to the rangers. the gate way between fields was a buffalo wallow and made for a difficult muddy (over the knee deep) crossing.