In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began their journey up the Missouri River at the confluence of the two great rivers of North America, the Missouri and Mississippi. Today, visitors can watch as the Big Muddy and Mighty Mississippi merge into one at Edward "Ted" and Pat Jones - Confluence Point State Park. The role that both rivers played in the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the history of the rivers are interpreted at the park in outdoor exhibits. A short interpretive trail takes visitors to the confluence point. Restoration of a natural floodplain, which will emphasize native vegetation and natural wetlands suitable for the site's current soil, topography and hydrology, is planned for the 1,118-acre park. This will include forests, prairies and marshes with abundant opportunity to preserve native plants. The confluence point also provides an excellent place for bird watching as millions of birds migrate along the Mississippi River corridor each spring and fall, while others reside in the area. Visitors to the park can relax and enjoy the many species of songbirds, shore birds, wading birds, waterfowl and raptors as they watch the rivers flow by.

Flat paved or gravel trail along a levee. Lots of wildlife but otherwise not too exciting. We didn't get to hike the most interesting part of the Confluence Trail which winds through woods - we will go back and do that. Parts were under water which meant we had to track back a few times. If you don't have enough time to hike all the way to the confluence, don't start at the visitor center - drive to a closer parking lot.

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Friday, November 11, 2016