Day Trip Ideas

With so much to do in Arcadia Valley it might be hard to find a place to start. We crafted some day trips, according to activities, to set you off in the right direction. Select a trip that sounds fun to you and head out on an adventure! 

Pack a picnic lunch and head out on an adventure that suits everyone. You won't believe your eyes when you arrive at each park! 

 

To Do at Elephant Rocks:

-Walk the 1-mile paved trail 

-Climb over, under, and in between the boulders

-Rock-climb (like with equipment)

-See the ruins of an old railroad engine house

-Picnic

To Do at Johnson's Shut-ins:

-Swim in the shut-ins

-Hike any of the many trails

-Learn at the Visitor's Center

-Picnic

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Grab a protein shake at Valley Nutrition on your way so you have plenty of energy to explore this park!

To Do at Taum Sauk Mountain:

-Drive-up overlook with educational map

-Walk the paved trail to the highest point in the state!

-Hike the rugged 3-mile loop on the OT

-Hike the rugged 13-mile section to Johnson's Shut-Ins 

-Climb the lookout tower and see for miles

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Visit the quaint Village of Caledonia to shop until you drop and step back in time in a 100-year-old candy shop! 

To Do in Caledonia:

-Pull off Hwy 21 to admire the expansive view of Buford Mountain

-Slip into a bygone era at Old Village Mercantile.

-Browse around unique boutiques, antique and vintage shops 

-Have lunch, apps or a glass of wine

-Take in the sweeping views along Hwy 21

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You can create your own adventure and begin or end your day on Main Street in Ironton. Fuel up at Arcadia Valley Roasting Co., browse around the award-winning Arcadia Valley Soap Co., shop in The Lovely Lily, Country Bouquet and more! 

To Do at Millstream Garden Conservation Area:

-Walk the 1-mile paved trail to overlook the rushing St. Francois River.

-Grab a boulder and sit with the scenery

-Continue hiking on unpaved hiking trails

To Do at Silver Mines Recreation Area:

-Hike the 2-mile-long Silver Mines Trail

-Admire the geologic history

-Picnic

-Bird watch

-Notice that you're standing at a historic mining site!

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Plan your float down the crystal-clear Black River. Jeff's Canoe Rental will set you up with the vessel of your choice, shuttle you upriver and you'll float back to Hwy K Bridge. You can also spend the day along the shores of the Black River, under K Bridge, swimming and fishing while you soak up every ounce of summer fun there is.

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