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A sudden heavy rain shower washed away our plans for an overnight camping experience at Laurel Snow State Park, so we made our way to the next destination. On the way there, we passed Savage Creek Natural Area. It’s a beautiful space with primitive hike-in campsites available. A few miles, a couple of neat little suspension bridges, and a quick overnight nap gave us a refreshing camping experience. In the morning, we explored the area to find one of the treasures of the creek. The cascades above Savage Falls were impressive, but standing above the 30 foot tall main water feature was really neat. I even tried my hand at a couple of abstracts in this area. Overall, a great impromptu experience.

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Cascades above Savage Falls – Taken with Canon 5D mkii and Nikon Nikkor 18mm AI-s lens

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Taken with a Canon 5D mkii and 24mm TS-E lens.

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Upper Piney Falls

Photo taken with Canon 5d mkii and Nikon Nikkor 18mm AI-s

Piney Falls is part of the Piney Falls State Natural Area. The hike is a pretty one, with a combination of oak and pine. It’s a fairly short hike, but requires some sure-footedness on a couple of steep descents. The lower falls is accessible from above, but getting to the base of the falls would require some repelling gear, which we did not have.

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After a successful morning seeing Greer Spring, we headed north to see Mill Mountain Shut-Ins. The water was really low when we were there, so nothing was really flowing hard, but you can see that this area is probably a very neat place to visit after a hard rain. The trail to get there is a difficult hike if you don’t have a substantial 4×4 vehicle, which can take you about half way in to the foot trail.

To get to Mill Mountain:
From Eminence travel east on Highway 106 for about 7.5 miles. Turn right (south) on to Highway H and travel for 4 miles to the intersection with Highway NN. Go left (east) onto Highway NN and travel for almost 3 miles. Right before crossing Rocky Creek turn right (south) to the gravel road and pull-off. Park here and look for Ozark Trail signs. The Ozark Trail hiking trail crosses Rocky Creek here and heads north toward the natural area. It is a half-mile hike heading north on the Ozark Trail from the Rocky Creek Highway NN bridge to the natural area. Bring a map and compass for exploration.

All images taken with a Canon 5D MKii

Mill Mountain - Fall Reflections

Taken with Sigma 70-200 lens

Mill Mountain - Mill Mountain Low Cascades

Taken with Canon 24mm TS-E lens

Mill Mountain - Heart Rock Reflection

Taken with Sigma 70-200mm lens

Mill Mountain - Mill Mountain Upper Cascades

Taken with Sigma 70-200mm lens

Mill Mountain - Wraparound

Taken with Sigma 70-200mm lens

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After spending a day driving around the area, its clear to me that I need to spend several weekends there camping. The area is just filled with beautiful landscapes and stuff, and all the highlights of the area are very accessible.

This is Blue Springs. its one of Missouri’s largest natural springs. Its about a 20 minute drive to the trailhead from Eminence. The water gets that sky blue color from its depth and the mineral deposits in the rocks that make up this area. The trail is only .4 miles, so this is a nice place to visit with kids. It is a fairly popular spot.

Just a few minutes up the road is Rocky Falls. Its a spring-fed waterfall, so it flows year-round. There were a ton of people swimming in the hole that the falls go into, and kids climbing all over the falls, so getting a few good shots here was challenging.

All photographs taken with a 5D MKII

Eminence, MO

Taken with Canon 24mm TS-E lens, two shots stitched together.

Blue Springs Runoff

Taken with Canon 17-40 F/4L lens

Rocky Falls

Taken with an Olympus 35mm Shift lens, 3 shots stitched together.

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