I had been seeing some posts on Facebook showcasing the beautiful sunflower fields at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area so my friend Michelle and I headed up there! We had previously been here before to check out the trails and the confluence overlook. You can see my original post HERE!
As you enter the conservation area, the sunflower field is right there. You can’t miss it. People were parked all along the road and it was pretty busy when we went on a weekend morning. We snapped a few pictures, but it was a little too crowded for me. We headed farther into the conservation area and wouldn’t you know, there was another sunflower field! This field took a short walk to get to, but we pretty much had it all to ourselves!
The large flowers tower above you and look towards the sun. The whole experience was actually pretty amazing. I have never seen that many sunflowers! Just the sight brought a sense of happiness over me.
All of the parking areas are labeled with a letter designation so we parked at ‘M’ and decided to hike a little bit. We walked the trail to the confluence overview platform. At this location, two powerful rivers meet, the Mississippi River and the Missouri River. Directly across the river is a second confluence viewing area located within Edward & Pat Jones Confluence State Park.
We learned that the sunflowers are planted to provide food for birds and wildlife. I really loved seeing the huge fields of sunflowers. So add it to your calendar for next year around July to check out the sunflower fields at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area! You won’t be disappointed!
Also, if you go, be sure to check out the Chain of Rocks Bridge to get a different view of the Mississippi River!