Missouri’s Parkland The Great Escape!

Residents of Farmington enjoy easy access to some of Missouri’s most beautiful parks and wildlife areas. Farmington’s rich natural history is a vital part of the community. This portion of our web site provides links and information regarding these natural areas.

Clearwater Lake
Beautiful lake that offers boating, swimming, skiing, and fishing. A number of lodges, resorts and campgrounds can be found nearby.

Elephant Rocks State Park
Mile-Long, self guided, Braille trail for the visually impaired has 22 Braille-English signs describing the natural features of the 1.2 billion-year-old Elephant Rocks. Facilities and activities include picnicking and fishing

Fort Davidson State Historic Site
Scene of the Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob in1864. Confederate troops attacked the fort and over 1,000 men were killed or wounded in the battle which ended in defeat for the Confederates. Facilities and activities include a visitor center and picnicking, open year round.

Hawn State Park
Set in the eastern-Ozark sandstone country, park is known for it’s magnificent pine-trees and wild Azaleas. Features one mile backpacking trails and regular visits by park naturalist. Activites include camping and picnicking.

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park
Over eons of time, the Black River has carved canyon-like gaps, or shut-ins, in some of the state’s oldest exposed rock. More than 900 species of plants and wildflowers occur in the park. Activities include camping, hiking, and picnicking.

Lake Wappepello State Park
Campgrounds, hiking, backpacking trails, housekeeping cabins, and picnicking.

Millstream Gardens Conservations Area
St.Francois River flows through shut-ins to create the only white water in Missouri, used by kayakers in the spring. One-mile hiking trail along the river provides views of landscape as well as various woodland life.

Missouri Mines Historic Site
Milling complex used by St.Joe Minerals Corp during a time in which MIssouri’s “Lead Belt” produced nearly 80% of the nation’s mined lead. Mill is being restored at the site and includes a mining museum.