By Conor Watkins


Missouri Outdoors is now changing names to Conor Watkinsí Ozark Mountain Experience.

The new site will have pictures, maps, a much improved appearance, and updated articles.

Click www.umr.edu/~cwatkin/cwome for a sample of what is to come.



These articles highlight various outdoor areas and activities in and near Missouri and focus on the sights, activities, and underlying geology (if applicable) of the areas listed.All areas highlighted offer something interesting and unique.I have not been bored, as many people are, at UMR.There are plenty of things to do and sights to see.More articles will be added every week or two during the school year so stop by often to check for updates.Some of the articles pertaining to areas outside of Rolla are biased towards locations near St. Louis.Sorry, that is where I am originally from so I know most about that area.If anyone has a must see location in Missouri or nearby, please let me know.


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-The photo galleries are slowly coming online.


Coming Soon!

Scenic Drives In Missouri


Article I

Mill Creek And Kaintuck Hollow Located South of Rolla

-This area offers camping, hiking, biking, hunting, and fishing.

-Map of Area



Caves And Karst In Areas Surrounding Rolla

-Much of Missouri has carbonate bedrock

which is easily dissolved into karst.


Article III

Eagle Watching Near St. Louis

-Bald eagles visit St. Louis during the winter.


Article IV

The Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge

And The Confluence Of The Missouri And Mississippi Rivers

Near St. Louis

-These two areas offer activities for hikers and bikers.


Article V

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

A Unique Name For A Unique Place

-See the karst landscape and castle ruins

near Camdenton, MO.


Articles VI & VII

The St. Francois Mountains TO BE UPDATED SOON!

Missouriís Hard Rock Core

-These igneous mountains offer some

of Missouriís most unique scenery.


Article VIII

Grand Gulf And Greer Spring

-Grand Gulf, Greer Spring, and Mammoth Spring, AR make

for an interesting and scenic trip.


Articles IX and X

Missouriís Scenic Ozark National Scenic Riverways

-The ONSR offers many miles of floatable rivers,

springs, and excellent scenery.


Big Spring Area

Round Spring Area

Alley Spring Area


Big Spring

-Article highlighting the natural and human

history of Missouriís largest, Big Spring

thanks to author Jo Schaper.


Article XI and XII

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

In Missouri

-Old US 66 offers interesting scenery and unique attractions.


Article XIII

Outdoor Hazards And Safety

-This article, prompted by the armed assault/robbery

of 13 UMR students on National Forest Land, describes

basic hazards and safety in the outdoors.


Article XIV

Ozark River Float Trips

-Missouri's rivers offer floats for

scenic beauty or just a good time.


Article XV

Rockwoods Reservation

Unabridged Version

Abridged Version For Newspaper

-This scenic area near St. Louis

offers an opportunity to relax from city life.

Rockwoods also has a unique history in which

its landscape was drastically altered.


Article XVI

Maramec Spring

-This scenic spring is located near St. James

offers many forms of recreation and a unique history.

The park holds Old Iron Works Days, a festival

celebrating the history and culture of the area every fall.

Old Ironworks days will be held on Oct 13 & 14, 2001

at Maramec Spring Park.


Articles XVII, XVIII, & XVIV Updated!

Missouri's Wine Country

Combined As One Article For Easier Reading

-This area near Rolla offers recreation for those

interested in wine, history, and scenery.Learn

about the interesting history of our wine production,

Daniel Boone, and experience scenic drives.


Articles XX, XXI, & XXII

Meramec State Park

Combined As One Article For Easier Reading

-This beautiful location along the Meramec River offers something for

any outdoorsy person.There is caving, hiking, floating,

and much more here.Part of the area was almost flooded

in the 1970ís by a large dam project.



Jeff Durbinís

Cave Guide For Meramec State Park


Articles XXIII & XXIV

Devilís Elbow, Clifty Creek, & Lane Spring

Combined As One Article For Easier Reading

-These unique areas near Rolla feature scenery,

a natural bridge, and springs.


-Clifty Creek 

-Portuguese Point


Articles XXV, XXVI, & XXVII

The Tyson Valley Area

Three Article Series (For Newspaper)

Combined As One Article For Easier Reading

-This area near St. Louis is home to multiple parks,

some of which hold elk, buffalo, wolves, bald eagles,

and a unique history.


Additional Info on the Tyson area

thanks to the Washington University

Tyson Research Center.

Tyson Valley - A Chronology

A History Of The Tyson Research Center

History Of Tyson Research Center

GLENCOE - From The Beginning




Tavern Rock Cave, The Lewis And Clark Expedition, And St. Albans

Combined As One Article For Easier Reading

-Only two days after it started, the Lewis And Clark Expedition

almost came to a tragic end here.


Articles XXXI & XXXII NEW!

Laumeier Sculpture Park

-This well-known sculpture park near St. Louis

displays contemporary art in an outdoor setting.



In Defense of Steelville, MO 65565 Ė The Middle of America

-This article, in response to the Nov 2001 article in

National Geographic Magazine, points out many positive

aspects to living in the Ozarks of Missouri.





 In no particular order


  • Is Our Love For The Outdoors Killing The Outdoors?
  • Hawn State Park And Surrounding Area
  • Cahokia Mounds In Illinois
  • Old Wire Road (Precursor to Rt. 66)
  • Rockbridge State Park And Devil's Icebox
  • Past And Present Mining In MO
  • Earthquakes And Tectonics In Missouri
  • Thousand Hills State Park And The Pinnacles
  • Castlewood State Park & Babler State Park
  • Lewis And Clark Expedition In Missouri
  • Missouri Landscapes And Their Influence On The Civil War
  • KATY Trail
  • Ozark Trail
  • Steamboat Arabia Museum Near Kansas City
  • Missouri Botanical Gardens & Shawís Arboretum
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • Economic Resources Of The Ozarks
  • Powder Valley (near St. Louis)
  • Hunting And Fishing In Missouri
  • Bennett Spring
  • BASS Pro Outdoor World
  • Missouri Outlaws




This poem by Robert Frost reflects my way of traveling as the

best sights are not always on the beaten path.  A journey should not only

be to get someplace, but should be enjoyable as well.

The same is true for a job.  No one should pick a

job just because it has the largest paycheck.


The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.




These articles may be reprinted with my permission.For more information, to report errors or other problems, to suggest a topic for a future article, or for permission to use these articles, feel free to send me mail at cwatkin@umr.edu.


© 2002 by Conor Watkins