Lon Sanders Canyon Conservation Area – Missouri


Lon Sanders Canyon Conservation Area is located in Piedmont, Missouri about 2.25 hours southwest of St. Louis. My friend and our pups set out on a little road trip to check this place out. The trail leads away from the small parking lot. After a short distance, there is a small footbridge to the left.

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This trail leads to the heart of the Canyon. After climbing a set of stone stairs, you get a view high above the shut-ins.

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The trail then descends down to the creek. We walked around on the rocks and explored this beautiful area. The water is crystal clear.

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An interesting feature of this place is the remnants of an old resort. Unfortunately, this idea failed, but features such as a stone staircase, stone pillars and a dam are still present today.

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We headed back to the original trail. Another thing you will notice is that there are numbers along the trail. I assume there is an interpretive brochure to go along with these numbers, but I have been unable to find one. The trail follows McKenzie Creek to a second dam.

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We continued along the trail and ended up at a golf course …? So we turned around and found a trail near the #10 marker that led up a set of stairs and up the bluff.

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From here, the trail winds back to the parking lot. Overall, I think we hiked about a mile in total. This place was beautiful! The gorge was very peaceful and the hike was fairly easy. Check it out!

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3 comments

  1. These are beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing them.

  2. Looks like a beautiful short hike! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

  3. Very pretty pictures as always!!

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