When I recently suggested a road trip north of St. Louis to my family, and they weren’t quite sure what to expect.
The truth was I felt the same. I prefer exploring spots south of I-44 in Missouri, so this was a step outside of my comfort zone.
What can I say? It was a sunny, fall day and I felt optimistic.
Based on our experiences that day, I’d like to suggest a few places to explore if you ever get to the eastern side of Missouri just north of St. Louis.
The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is less than 30 minutes north of St. Louis. It is in the floodplain south of the Missouri and Mississippi River confluence.
It’s fairly easy to get to, but be aware that there is still damage due to major flooding back in 2019. However, what remains open is lovely, especially for people who love big, open spaces.