Roaring River State Park is just over the border in Missouri – about a 30-minute drive from the Tall Pines. Robert and I spent several pleasant hours there a couple of Sundays ago – on a day with more sunshine than clouds. Not so common this winter!
The park has a deep, narrow valley surrounded by a striking and rugged landscape and a rainbow trout hatchery. Eager anglers flock to the park year round to try and catch their lunker trout. It also features seven hiking trails, picnic tables for a leisurely lunch and a nature center to learn about the park.
We hiked the Deer Leap Trail which leads to an overlook above the fish hatchery and the spring at the head of Roaring River. From the overlook, it is easy to see the axle shaft from an undershot waterwheel that powered a gristmill in the mid-19th century. We also hiked the Devil’s Kitchen Trail, named for an odd rock outcrop that formed a room-like enclosure. According to legend, this room, which has since collapsed, was used as a hideout by Civil War guerrillas.
Next time you visit the Tall Pines, consider spending a few hours enjoying the natural beauty at Roaring River.