Beautiful area - climbed on the rocks to get pictures - was a fun time

beautiful area. Better during off season. Can get a little trash ridden throughout the busy season unfortunately.

On one side it is pretty, but on the other, it was like going into a trailer full of roaches. People were everywhere and loud. It probably is amazing during the off season. BTW, I'm not saying people are roaches, just there were a lot of people.

Great little easy hike down to the best known swimming hole in SE Missouri. Beautiful Rock formations, chutes and rapids form swimming pools everywhere. Note to self, don't come here on Memorial Day.

My absolute favorite park to visit in Missouri!!! I actually don't tell everyone because it's my little hidden spot that not everyone knows about!!! Awesome swimming spot!

We came here to hike and seen a few reviews online that sparked our attention! Ended up loving it! It's definitely a hidden jewel. I strongly suggest following the directions to get there. Amazing terrain and a few great Geo-cache sites available!

This is a great (short) hike to get a peek at the Castor River Shut-Ins. It's only about a 1 mile loop to the Shut-Ins and back, but you can do more exploration off the trail if you wish. Also known as "Pink Rock", Amidon has lots to offer -- especially in the Summer when you can swim -- but also in the Spring and Fall if you are looking for a quick trip to get some fresh air. The trail itself is not paved, but it is fairly even terrain (not really stroller or wheelchair friendly). I see lots of folks walking their dogs too! My only complaint is that I wish it were longer.

Really it's just a nice path to the great Castor Shut-in. Well worth it to explore or swim in the summer

Fun little trail with great views

Love it. Trail is beautiful and the swimming hole is perfect. So relaxing.

beautiful place!

Amazing river! Mild Rapids roll over beautiful pink boulders. The trail is well kept to the swimming areas. Past that the loop is a little less traveled but still beautiful! Bring swim shoes (very slick rocks!)

hiking
Sunday, February 21, 2016

Loved it! Beautiful trail, gorgeous water. Dog friendly.

hiking
Saturday, October 24, 2015

It was a decent trail, runs along the Castor River Shut-ins. The trail is kind of hard to follow after you pass the first big pool though and is grown over a bit. I last went during the early summer though so I might try it this winter to see if the trail is better. There were also some primitive camp sites. Make sure you check in with the conservation dept before you camp there though. Good swimming hole there too!

birding
Wednesday, October 07, 2015