THE GARDEN OF EDAN

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Wow. I had my fourth visit to Millstream Gardens Conservation Area. It’s unbelievable. I mean, how can so many incredible parks be jammed into the 573 in the first place? You just have to see this place for yourself. We found a couple with a big dog to hike with us. Big place. Big dog. Big beauty.

8 miles west of Fredericktown on Highway 72 the St. Francis River cuts through a rugged canyon of granite bluffs -the Tiemann Shut-Ins. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Missouri. Majestic pines, huge granite boulders and bluffs on the riverbanks make wonderful spots to kick back and soak in the sights. Bring that camera, you can’t go wrong out there. As Missouri’s only whitewater, these rapids draw river rats from all over the Midwest. The shut-ins are very easy to get to and the trails are well maintained. There are restrooms and a nice pavilion. It’s ranked 4 out of 5 stars by trails.com, but the 573 gives it 5 stars.

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