“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” – John Muir Our National Parks
I would like to share with you an area in Madison County Missouri located along the St. Francis River. It is a piece of paradise named Silver Mines Recreation Area. It is part of the old Einstein Mines where the Einstein Mining Company began mining silver, tungsten and lead in 1877 and ceased mining in 1946. The area is known for its Precambrian and felsite rocks.
Silver Mines offers a variety of recreational opportunities and is abundant with historical and geological wonders. The St. Francis River is the only river in Missouri classified as a “white water” river. It is very popular with kayakers during the spring high water. Parts of the river are used for swimming, other parts are good fishing and the state holds an annual kayaking competition the third weekend of March, providing the water levels are sufficient. There is a two mile trail that follows both sides of the river with some breath taking views, for those addicted to hiking.
When I was younger we would meet my grandparents there and camp for the weekend. I took a couple of walks down memory lane and I recalled all the good times we had there. It was all tent camping and sometimes it got rough. There were some great camp sites and the park was well maintained. The area is alive with spectacular scenery and is occupied by many varieties of wildlife.
“In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks.” – John Muir
“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out til sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir
“Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away; and if they could, they could, they would be destroyed – chased and hunted down as long as fun or a dollar could be got out of their bark hides, branching horns, or magnificent bole backbones.” – John Muir
Well I hope you enjoyed reading and I thank you for taking the time to do so. We are blessed with some very nice state parks in Missouri and I tip my hat to the Missouri Conservation Department. If you have never been here, be sure and put it on your bucket list. Spread the Love!