Knob Lick Towersite Conservation Area – Missouri


For the past couple of years, my friend Nicole and I always try to get outside for her birthday in June. This year, we decided to head to the Castor River Shut-Ins. While we were traveling south on Highway 67, south of Farmington, Missouri, we spotted a conservation sign for Knob Lick Towersite. I quickly googled it to see what was there and I found out that there is an overlook and a fire tower.

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On our way back home, we decided to stop and check it out! From the parking lot, a short sidewalk leads to the overlook.

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A granite glad provides sweeping views of the countryside. Large hawks were even soaring overhead while we were there.

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One of the other features at this site is an old fire tower. Although seldom used today, this  tower use to provide a platform to spot wildfires within the surrounding forests. The tower is open to the public to climb up a few stories to get an ever better view.

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Ellie is a pro-climber of fire towers by now, so we made our way to the top. I always tell myself I don’t have a fear of heights, but the second I start climbing, I do!

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On our way back down, we realized that Dexter was having a bit of an issue. He made it up the first flight of stairs, but then Nicole soon realized that he was not going to be able to come back down!

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He literally stopped on the stairs and Nicole had to inch him down step by step until his paws were safely on the ground =) She’s a great dog mom!

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One word of caution, we noticed a lot of glass below the fire tower. I assume people go up there and throw bottles off the side. I would recommend watching where you walk so that you or your dog doesn’t end up with glass in their foot/paw.

This is a great stop to get out and stretch your legs. The view is amazing and worth the stop!

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3 comments

  1. What a cool second thought adventure! Fantastic views! Great pics and scenery as always! Maybe a pair of those sleep googles for Dex!

  2. Great pictures, but the picture of Ellie going down the steps, makes my stomach flip flop! 🙂

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