With Summer approaching, it is time to starting thinking about how to stay cool and still get to hike in our Missouri State Parks (mostateparks.com/). We have hiked in several Missouri State Parks in the last few years and we have a couple to recommend.
1. Johnson Shut-Ins State Park - Most famous for its geologic formations in the river. Johnson Shut-Ins has a great place to cool off after a day of pretty views in the St. Francois Mountains.
2. Echo Bluff State Park - Echo Bluff State Park is Missouri's 88th park. This park has a wonderful creek called Sinking Creek that flows below the park's namesake, Echo Bluff. This creek is a great place to relax and is used for floating, tubing, and fishing.
3. Onondaga Cave State Park - Cooling off in Missouri's State Parks is not only about getting into water. We have great caves! One of our favorite cave State Parks is Onondaga Cave. Most people take the main cave tour when visiting, but we took the Cathedral Cave tour last Fall and loved it too. If you have time, spend the day in both caves. You'll be in the "cool kids"group.
4. Hawn State Park - This park is known as a wonderful place to hike. Pickle Creek makes it a wonderful place to cool off in the Summer! This Missouri State Park has great picnic grounds very close to Pickle Creek Trailhead. This mountain stream has huge boulders that are great to sit on if you want to put your feet in instead of going for a swim.
We know we have missed some great places to cool off in Missouri. That just means we get to keep on trekking! Where should we trek next to cool off?