Mark Twain National Forest
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    Where do you go on the Mark Twain National Forest when you just want to hang out for the day? There are many options! The Forest offers many short hikes, picnic sites at many campgrounds, and great spots on the rivers and lakes from which to hang out and relax. Here are a few fun options for your next day-trip to the Forest. Here are just a few of the options:

    • In an hour-and-a-half, you can go from Springfield, MO to the Glade Top Trail, where you could stop at the Caney Picnic Area and enjoy great view of Missouri's glades. It's only an hour from Branson to this National Scenic Byway.
    • In just two hours, someone in St. Louis could make it to Council Bluff Recreation Area, where they could walk the trail around the lake, fish from the shore, or swim and picnic at the beach.
    • From Rolla, MO, it is only a 15 minute drive to Lane Springs Campground, where the day-use area features a playground for kids and a covered picnic area. The beautiful springs is just a short walk from the parking area.
    • Are you in Southern Missouri? The Eleven Point Ranger District has multiple spots along the Eleven Point and Current Rivers where you can spend the day relaxing next to the flowing water.