A 50-mile drive beginning at Busch Conservation Area and traveling through the German-settled Missouri River valley and hills to historic Hermann. The northern edge of the Ozarks extends just across the Missouri River into hills that barely escaped Missouri’s last glacier more than 500,000 years ago. The Missouri River has been a major influence in this region of the Ozarks. Beginning as a coldwater trout stream in Montana, it flows 2,522 miles before joining the Mississippi River. The Missouri River, also known as the “Big Muddy,” was a marvel to early explorers because of its natural resources. They reported fish large enough to capsize canoes and described extensive wetlands arranged along the river margins like pearls on a necklace.
Special attractions: August A. Busch Memorial, Grand Bluffs and Weldon Spring conservation areas, Katy Trail State Park, Missouri River, Daniel Boone Home and Monument, Augusta, Marthasville, and Hermann; German festivals, wineries, scenic views, hiking, biking, fall colors, fishing, hunting, and wildlife viewing. 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.
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