AREA ATTRACTIONS -
When you visit Dakel for a Hog Hunt, bring the family with you. There is plenty for everyone to do even if they are not hunting. When here make sure you visit some of our area attractions. We are located in beautiful Arcadia Valley , We are surrounded by the highest mountains in Missouri and the views are beautiful. Alot of families enjoy time at one of our many State Parks , floating down the black river on tubes, rafts or canoe's or just a day in town at one of our many wonderful shops.
Hungry and dont feel like cooking while you are here, we suggest PAULA'S in Lesterville
it is about 8 miles from us and the food is wonderful ( home style cooking ) far from dress up, go as you are - camo is fine. Honestly food is great - big helping and weekend buffet.
Menu and phone number located in cabin, call ahead for take out - or before your trip for full dinners to be picked up - best fried chicken around.
All these and many more Parks , Conservation Area's and Shops are within 20 min from DAKEL HOG HUNT RANCH property.
NOTE - INFORMATION LISTED BELOW ABOUT AREA ATTRACTIONS WAS OBTAINED FROM VISITER INFORMATION PACKETS AVAIL AT INFORMATION CENTERS IN THE ARCADIA VALLEY AREA OR VISIT LESTERVILLEMISSOURI.COM PLEASE VISIT ALL OUR FRIENDS AT
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Fort Davidson State Park - 573-546-3454
Today, the Arcadia Valley in Iron County is a peaceful setting in one of missouri's most scenic area's. But the Valley was the scene of one of the largest and most hard fought battles waged on the states soil - The Battle Of Pilot Knob.
Confederate Major Gen. Sterling Price invaded Missouri from Arkansas, leading an army of 12,000 men. On sep 27 1864, while en route to St. Louis area, Price attacked the weakly defended Union post of Fort Davidson in Pilot Knob.
This proved to be a major mistake. Fort Davidson was defended by a garrison of 1,450 men led by Gen. Thomas . The Confederates lost nearly 1,000 men in the attack of the small eathern fort and its 11 cannons.
Activities - picnicking - tours- mueseum
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park - 573-546-2450
TAUMSAUK ( SAUK-TON-QUA ) Was a Piankashaw indian CHIEF, his daughter Minasauk leaped to her death after her love ( a young warrior from another tribe ) was thrown over the falls by her father Taumsauk.
Make a great escape to Missouri's wilderness - Taum Sauk Mountain State Park. The park provides 7,500 acres of solitude amid unspoiled land with a wilderness quality hard to find in today's world.
Taum Sauk State Park is located in the St. Francois Mountains, one of the most rugged and scenic in the state. Almost 1.5 " BILLION" years ago, volcanic eruptions of hot ash settled and cooled to form rhyolite. It left only the roots of these mountains behind, now dotted with oak - hickory forest and rocky glades. Taum Sauk stands above all others as the highest point in Missouri, rising to 1,772 feet. A path leads people to the top From there the rugged 3 mile trail continue's to a beautiful wet weather water fall. Mina sauk falls is the highest water fall in Missouri, it falls 132 feet over a series of rocky ledges.
( note - wet weather falls means if you walk 3 miles in june - july - august you will not be happy when there is not a drop of water. Take it from the man who brought his 8 month pregnant wife on this walk - not a good idea )
Farther down the trail lie's Devils Tolgate. A 4 foot passage through volcanic rhyolite standing 30 feet high.
Activities - camping - picnicking-hiking-trails
Elephant Rock State Park - 573-546-3454
Imagine giant granite rocks standing end to end like a train of circus elephants. Thats what you will see at Elephant Rocks. About 1.5 Billion years ago, hot magma cooled forming coarsely crystalline red granite this weathered into huge round boulders. Standing atop a granite outcrop, one of the largest elephant rocks tops the scale at a whopping 680 tons. A short spur off the trail takes you to the top of granite outcrop, where you can explore a maze of giant elephant rocks. A second trail takes you to a point overlooking an old quarry site. This red granite, first commercial the late 1800s, has been used as a building material and as paving blocks for St. Louis levee and downtown.
Activities - picnicking- hiking-trils-swimming
Also during your stay another couple must see places include -
JOHNSON SHUT IN'S ( 15 MIN )
SWIMING - PICNICING -CAMPING AND NATURE TRAILS
BLACK RIVER FLOAT TRIPS \ FISHING \ SWIMMING( CLEAREST WATER AROUND- 5 MIN
TAUM SAUK ( AMEREN UE )POWER PLANT
( 5 MIN 3 MILES PAST PROPERTY - FISHING - CAMPING -POWER PLANT TOURS )
THESE ARE LOCATED WITHIN 20 MIN OF PROPERTY
SILVER MINES STATE PARK
ST. JOE STATE PARK
KETCHERSIDE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
MARBLE CREEK RECREATION CENTER
MILLSTREAM GARDENS WHITEWATER AREA
THE OZARK TRAIL
ROYAL GORGE SCENIC SITE
CRANE LAKE RECREATION CENTER
BELL MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS AREA
GOGGINS MOUNTAIN EQUESTRIAN TRAIL
HADLEY NEW STONEAGE JEWELRY AND SAW MILL
MARK AND RITA HADLEY
HOG ON THE MOUNTAIN
WWW.HOGS ON THEMOUNTAIN. COM
NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY IN THE REGION -
( WE HAVE HAD A FEW PARTIES FIND ARROW HEADS AND INDIAN ARTIFACTS ON THE PROPERTY LATELY, SO HERE IS A LITTLE INFO ON AREA INDIAN TRIBES -
IF YOU FIND SOMETHING, FEEL FREE TO KEEP IT, BUT PLEASE TAKE PICTURE OF ITEMS FOR OUR INFO BOARD )
INDIAN TRIBES OF MISSOURI AND THE ARCADIA VALLEY REGION AND THE BLACK RIVER AREA-
MISSOURI NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY IN ARCADIA VALLEY REGION GOES BACK TO THE PALEO- INDIANS, THE ANCIENT PEOPLES OF THE AMERICAS WHO WERE PRESENT AT THE END OF THE LAST ICE AGE. THEY CAMPED AND HUNTED ALONG OZARK RIVERS, PERHAPS AS LONG AS 12,000 TO 14,000 YEARS AGO. THEY CRAFTED FLUTED POINTS FOR HUNTING, NEEDELS FOR MAKING CLOTHING, HAND WOVEN NETS FOR FISHING AND MORTARS FOR CRUNCHING SEEDS.
THE HISTORIC PERIOD, BEGINNING IN 1700, IS THE LAST CLASSIFIED ERA OF NATIVE AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT. THESE WERE THE INDIANS THE EUROPEAN EXPLORERS AND SETTERS OF OUR REGION WOULD HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH. OUR REGION WAS THE HUNTING GROUND OF SEVERAL TRIBES INCLUDING THE OSAGE, DELAWARE, KICKAPOO, SHAWNEE, PIANKASHAW, AND PERHAPS OTHERS AS WELL. IN THE EARLY 1800 IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THERE WERE ABOUT 20,000 INDIANS IN THIS REGION. EARLY MAPS VERIFY THE PRESENCE OF A VILLAGE OF DELAWARE INDIANS ALONG THE BLACK RIVER IN LESTERVILLE MISSOURI. THE EVER INCREASING WHITE POPULATION AND VARIOUS TREATIES THAT RELOCATED THE MANY TRIBES THAT WERE COMMON TO THIS AREA MADE IT RARE TO SEE A NATIVE AMERICAN AFTER 1830. SADLY, THE TRAIL OF TEARS ALSO PASSED RIGHT THROUGH OUR REGION. THERE ARE SEVERAL INDIAN BURIAL MOUNDS ALONG PROPERTY AREA AND SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS ( IT IS NOT PERMITTED TO DIG OR DISTURB THESE AREA'S FOR ANY REASON ) AGAIN ITEMS FOUND IN CREEK, FIELD AFTER DISKING OR PLOWING AND ITEMS FOUND BY CHANCE ARE PERMITTED TO BE TAKEN FROM PROPERTY, BUT AGAIN A PICTURE OF ITEM TO DISPLAY WOULD BE GREAT.