There's nothing more rewarding than an incredible view of your home state, from the top of a trail you just worked your butt of to get up. Thankfully, this conservation area in Missouri really doesn't disappoint with its views of the river that sits beneath it. Get ready to have your mouth gaping wide open for at least a few minutes because it's unlike anything you've ever seen before.
Painted Rock Conservation Area is just a few miles from Westphalia, Missouri in Osage County.
The area is roughly 1,480 acres of pure beauty, thanks to the Osage River, which cuts through the property.
This massive river can be seen from the Scenic Trail at two boardwalks, as well as from other spots in the area.
You can't really go wrong choosing a trail to explore, as the forest offers a variety of wildlife, wildflowers, pondlife, and more.
You can even go camping, fishing, hunting, and bird watching to really make a day out of your trip.
While you may just be learning about Painted Rock, Native Americans have known about the land for thousands of years.
There's even an Indian burial cairn that you can see along Osage Scenic Bluff trail.
You may be visiting for the views, but you'll likely leave having gotten a history lesson as well.
You can visit the area daily from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. These hours make it possible for you to experience the sunset and sunrise at one of Missouri's hidden gems.
Painted Rock Conservation Area
Address: Westphalia, MO
Why You Need To Go: You'll get a great workout in while taking in views you can't find anywhere else in Missouri.
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