Sometimes you just want to get away from it all. And sometimes you just want air-conditioning and a nice view. Meramec State Park offers a little bit of both, all about an hour's drive southwest of the city. For the hardy, the "Wilderness Trail" is a ten-mile trek through forested hills and sun-drenched meadows; past streams, wild blackberry bushes and the mysterious ambiance of the watercress-filled Copper Hollow Spring & Cave. The park also includes a spider web of short trails appropriate for children. Overnight options include both sites along the "Wilderness Trail" and hookups for RVs and air-conditioned cabins, for those inclined to shower after their passage through the backwoods.
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