Amidon Memorial Conservation Area - Madison and Bollinger Counties, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wampa-One
N 37° 34.142 W 090° 09.042
15S E 751644 N 4161816
Quick Description: This Southeastern Missouri natural area is highlighted by the Castor River Shut-ins, an interesting geologic feature of pink granite.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 6/12/2009 1:13:07 PM
Waymark Code: WM6K39
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member H to the Bizzle!
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Long Description:
Amidon Memorial Conservation Area is a 1,630-acre area located on the upper reaches of the Castor River in Bollinger and Madison counties. Evelyn and Ellsworth Amidon donated a portion of the area to the Conservation Department; other tracts were acquired from private landowners and the U.S. Forest Service.

The forest's timber species range from mixed hardwoods to shortleaf pine to cedar glades. A granite shut-ins on the Castor River adds an interesting geologic feature. The Driscoll Tract contains 2 old grist mill sites that date back to the mid 1800s, lending a historical flavor to the area.

Amidon Memorial Conservation Area is located south of State Highway J, approximately 8 miles east of Fredericktown. County Road 208 fords the Castor River on the area.

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Estimated size of the public land (in regional measurement standard: hectares, acres, kms, etc.): 1630

Is there a trail system?: Yes

What points of interest are there?:
Castor River Shut-ins

What activities are available?:
Used by locals as a swimming hole. Also available for hunting, fishing, hiking, birdwatching and primitve camping.

List of known hazards (cliffs, snakes, poison plants, etc.):
possible to fall on slippery rocks when wet, possible strong river current at times, probable poison ivy and any of Missouri's indigenous venemous critters

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Is a permit/fee required?: No

Please supply the website of the land if available: [Web Link]

If there is a trail system, please describe length, terrain, etc.: Not listed

Hours of accessibility?: Not listed

If a permit/fee is required please describe in detail how to get one, how much, etc.: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Visitors are encouraged to supply a picture of either themselves or their GPS at the trailhead and/or signage of the public access lands - describe your experience there and what you saw - tell us why other folks should come visit!

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