Nature February 22, 2017
Escape To These 11 Hidden Oases In Missouri To Find Peace And Quiet
With the weather starting to warm up, it only makes sense to look ahead to spring and start planning your next outdoor escape. Here are some of the best spots that’ll give you that peace and quiet you’ve been looking for.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Marble Creek Recreation Area - Arcadia
Spend the night at one of the waterside campsites or just take a day trip to hike around the glossy creek. During the spring, it stays pretty quiet and usually doesn't fill up too fast until the summer.
Arcadia, MO 63621
2. Cliff Cave County Park - St. Louis
Forest Park in St. Louis is in a league of its own when it comes to urban parks, but Cliff Cave is a great park to visit if you're trying to escape those crowds and visit a smaller scale park.
806 Cliff Cave Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63129
3. Kauffman Memorial Garden - Kansas City
With walls encompassing the entire garden, it's easy to miss this hidden gem in Kansas City. Not many people know about it, so it tends to be pretty peaceful and quiet.
4800 Rockhill Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64110
4. Courtois Creek - Steelville
When it comes to float trips, Courtois Creek tends to be a little less packed than the Current River. The waters are clear and the scenery is amazing. Try to get out there early in the morning when the water is most peaceful and empty of other kayaks and canoes.
204 Butts Rd. Steelville, MO 65565
5. Albonée Country Inn and Vineyards - Independence
Vanessa Righeimer/Only In Missouri
It may not be in Missouri's Wine Country, but this beautiful spot in Independence is worth the trip. Drive through twisting and hilly roads until you descend into this little valley-like property. There's a bed & breakfast if you want to spend the night or you can enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and set up a picnic for the day.
2200 S. Crenshaw Rd.
Independence, MO 64057
6. Weldon Springs Conservation Area - St. Charles
Hike the Lewis and Clark trails for sweeping views of the Missouri River valley.
6990 S. Missouri 94
St Charles, MO 63304
7. Greer Springs - Woodside Township
Greer Spring is connected to the 11 Point River and has an average daily flow of 222 million gallons. It's quite the sight to see and can be reached by hiking .9 miles from the trail head off of Highway 19.
Woodside Township, MO
8. Dunn Ranch Prairie - Hartfield
This rare native grassland is home to a herd of buffalo and 1, 000 acres of the park has never been touched by a plow.
16970 W. 150th St. Hatfield, MO 64458
9. Hercules Glades Wilderness Area - Bradleyville
While hiking the Long Creek Trail, you'll come across the
most remote spot in Missouri
. A perfect spot for anyone looking for a break in nature away from lots of people.
Bradleyville, MO 65614
10. Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden - Springfield
The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is nothing short of stunning. Japanese Gardens found in Buddhist Temples were used as a place for contemplation and meditation and you can do the same at this gorgeous garden in Springfield.
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
11. Taum Sauk Mountain - Ironton
Stand above the noise when you hike to the top of Taum Sauk Mountain. This mountain area features the highest elevation point in Missouri, providing the most amazing views.
Ironton, MO 63656
Where do you like to escape to for a little bit of peace and quiet in Missouri? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
Address: 2200 S. Crenshaw Rd. Independence, MO 64057 Address: 806 Cliff Cave Rd. St. Louis, MO 63129 Address: 4800 Rockhill Rd. Kansas City, MO 64110 Address: 6990 S. Missouri 94 St Charles, MO 63304 Address: 2400 S. Scenic Ave. Springfield, MO 65807