Ancient Rocks Potosi to Taum Sauk Mountain, MO

Pilot Knob, Missouri

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A 40-mile drive that begins at Potosi, heads south into the St. Francois Mountains, and ends at Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in Missouri. This drive leads through the heart of the St. Francois Mountains to Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in Missouri. This region was formed by ancient volcanoes more than 1.5 billion years ago, making it the oldest landform in the mid-continent. Special attractions: Big River; Hughes Mountain Natural Area; Arcadia and Belleview valleys; Buford Mountain Conservation Area; Elephant Rocks, Johnson’s Shut-Ins, and Taum Sauk Mountain state parks; Fort Davidson State Historic Site; and the Ozark Trail; scenic views, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and geology. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving the Ozarks

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Scenic Driving the Ozarks

by Don Kurz (Falcon Guides)

A 40-mile drive that begins at Potosi, heads south into the St. Francois Mountains, and ends at Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in Missouri. This drive leads through the heart of the St. Francois Mountains to Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in Missouri. This region was formed by ancient volcanoes more than 1.5 billion years ago, making it the oldest landform in the mid-continent.

Special attractions: Big River; Hughes Mountain Natural Area; Arcadia and Belleview valleys; Buford Mountain Conservation Area; Elephant Rocks, Johnson’s Shut-Ins, and Taum Sauk Mountain state parks; Fort Davidson State Historic Site; and the Ozark Trail; scenic views, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, canoeing, and geology. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Don Kurz/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Pilot Knob
Distance: 40
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Washington, Elephant Rocks, St. Francois, and St. Joe State Parks; Mineral Mines State Historic Site; Royal Gorge Natural Area; Bell Mountain Wilderness Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Ancient Rocks: Potosi to Taum Sauk Mountain, MO

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