My long time, childhood friend moved to Hillsboro, Missouri earlier last year and just a short drive from her house is Valley View Glades Natural Area. A 2.5 mile loop trail circles the expansive glade. A short way down from the parking lot leads to a stunning view across the glade.
We hiked the trail clockwise and the first section of trail parallels a small creek which has several potential areas for small waterfalls after a good rain.
The rocky glade isn’t ideal for trees to grow, but grasses and wildflowers thrive here. Therefore, when you get to a good vantage point, it feels like you can see forever. It also feels like the scenery is always changing.
I really loved this trail! It is not too strenuous, but provides excellent views! The pups really loved it too!
On my way back home to Illinois, I took a slight detour through Morse Mill. I was searching for an old mill that I had found a picture of on the internet. However, when I arrived, it appeared that the mill had recently been demolished. On the upside, I did find a really interesting iron bridge. This bridge spans the Big River and can be accessed from Morse Mill Park.
Overall, I really enjoyed hiking at Valley View Glades. You should check it out for yourself!