We drove south today to visit Taum Sauk Park and to hike a trail that led to the highest point in Missouri.
The foliage was absolutely gorgeous along the windy two lane roads we drove as we
got lost tried to find the park. We drove to lookout tower first and got an amazing view of Missouri’s wooded rolling hills. Then we took a short hike to the highest point in Missouri which is 1,772 feet above sea level. We then had a picnic in a lookout area where we could see hills up to 15 miles away.
This area used to be a large mining operation-some of these hills were known to be nearly 100% iron ore and folks from the St. Louis area would take the train to “the valley” for a nice break from the city. Scientists from all over the world would also come here to visit to see the mining operations.