Nature Lover

Ste Genevieve is surrounded by an abundance of green space and wilderness for nature lovers to explore whether your pace is active, meandering or in relaxation mode. Picnic in the park, hike the nature trails, bike the back roads and explore ancient glacial relics.

  • Kaskaskia Island Birding

    Kaskaskia Island, IL
    off Highway U
    near St. Mary, MO

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    The sloughs and ponds on Kaskaskia Island are a Mecca for water birds.   Birds can be viewed along most roads on the island. This area is popular with birders because herons, egrets, ducks, and stray whooping cranes are often

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    seen here near the Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge. Even though Kaskaskia is part of Illinois it can only be reached from Missouri.  To visit Kaskaskia, go south on Highway 61 to Highway U in St. Mary.

     

     

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    Ste. Genevieve-Modoc Ferry

    Ste. Genevieve  Modoc Ferry
    573-883-7097
    800-373-7007
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    Enjoy a ride across the Mississippi River to Modoc, IL, Fort de Charters, and access to Illinois Highway 3.  To reach the ferry go north on Main Street which ends at the ferry landing. Call ahead to make sure it is able to run. 

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    Pere Marquette City Park

    Pere Marquette Park
    North Main Street at Mathews Drive
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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    This scenic city park, named for the famous 17th century French Jesuit missionary, provides a perfect spot for that leisurely picnic or open space for the kids to play. The park features tennis courts, play structures, soccer & baseball fields and rest rooms.

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    Pickle Springs Natural Area

    Pickle Springs Natural Area, Highway AA
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-3603
    Pickle Springs Natural Area
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    Pickle Springs Natural Area has been designated a Natural Landmark by the National Park Service for its biological and geological values as an undisturbed site. A two-mile trail named the ‘Trail Through Time’ winds through the park and guides the visitor through 500 million year old geologic wonders carved in sandstone. The trail features

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    clear streams, cool canyons, spectacular bluff views and ‘The Slot’, a crevice marked with holes, pockets and ridges. Visitors must climb through the ‘Keyhole’ to descend to the creek below. Twin foot bridges cross Bone Creek and pass Mossy Falls. The park is a primitive natural area and does not have services. Be sure to bring a camera and plenty of liquids before hiking the trail.

  • Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area

    Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area
    Magnolia Hollow Drive
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    Magnoloa Hollow Conservation Area
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    This rugged 1,740 acre area is bordered by the Establishment Creek, Schmidt’s Island and the Mississippi River. This hikers’ paradise features steep bluffs and scenic river views. Eagles are commonly sighted along the river in the winter months.

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    Hickory Canyons Natural Area

    Hickory Canyons Natural Area, Sprott Road
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    Hickory Canyons Natural Area
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    Lamotte sandstone formed box canyons here from the sandy beaches of a shallow ocean that existed 500 million years ago. Millions of years of erosion and uplift of the Ozark Plateau exposed the sandstone we see today. After a rain event a wet-weather waterfall can be enjoyed from the end of the 1/4 mile hiking trail on the east side of the county road. Another 1+ mile trail loops through a canyon on the

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     west side of Sprott Road.  In the winter, the bluffs drip with icicles that sparkle in the sun.  This area is botanically rich, supporting glacial relics, species that were more common in Missouri 12,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Since then, the climate has warmed, forcing some species to inhabit micro-climates that mimic the cool, moist conditions of glacial times. Glacial relics at Hickory Canyons include hay-scented fern, fir clubmoss and winterberry. The area is rich in fern species with over a dozen species represented.

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    Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary

    19620 State Route B
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-9909
    Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary
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    Enjoy a 45 minute guided walking tour of Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary. Learn where the animals were rescued from, their personalities and how you can help these amazing big cats as well as their wild relatives.

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    After the tour, head down to our Education Center and Gift Shop where you can view and even touch tiger artifacts such as teeth, claws, and a tiger pelt, just to name a few. Visitors receive a complimentary tasting of Fizzy Izzy Root Beer named after our very own, Izzy tiger. All of the pathways are paved and accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

    April – Nov | Thursday – Sunday | 11am, 1pm & 3pm
    Dec – MarchSaturday & Sunday | 11am, 1pm & 3pm

  • GolfClub

    Ste. Genevieve
    Golf Course

    17450 Clubhouse Ct, MO Hwy 32
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-2949
    Ste. Genevieve Golf Course
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    Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, Supper daily

    Cuisine: Ste. Genevieve Golf Club is a Par 72, 18 hole design with 4 sets of tees. After playing a round of golf enjoy a Sandwich or Burger in the Clubhouse.

    Alcohol: Full Bar

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    Hawn State Park

    Hawn State Park
    Hwy 144 off Highway 32
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-3603
    Hawn State Park
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    Just 25 minutes west of Ste. Genevieve, Hawn State Park is one of the best wilderness experiences that nature has to offer. The nearly 5,000-acre park features beautifully manicured areas for day use and tent or RV camping.

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     The River Aux Vases and Pickle Creeks provide added fun for staying cool in the summer. Dogwood and redbud trees along with numerous types of wildflowers give the park a stunning backdrop for your experience in the spring. Fall is especially colorful with the trees in their full autumn attire. Maps are available to guide visitors for hiking the many trails ranging from 2 to 10 miles in length.

Festivals and Events

  • Audubon’s Walk

    Saturday of French Festival (June 10, 2017)
    Atop Urban Levee
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-7097
    800-373-7007

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    The famed ornithologist John James Audubon lived for a short time in Ste. Genevieve.  Audubon’s Walk is a naturalist lead hike atop the Ste. Genevieve Urban Levee.  Come see what shows up: cliff swallows, horned larks, red-winged black bird, eastern bluebird…  

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    Master Gardeners’ Spring Garden Walk

    Weekend after Mother’s Day in May
    Tickets are available at:
    Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center
    66 Main Street
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-7097
    800-373-7007

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    Ste. Genevieve Master Gardeners’ annual Garden Walk is held in the downtown historic district of America’s oldest French Colonial village. This is a unique opportunity to tour private and public gardens. Several gardens are part of historic homes in Ste. Genevieve and are typical of the 18th century time period. The Master Gardeners’ plant

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    sale begins at 9am and extends through Sunday. Other weekend activities: Private vendors, discounts at participating downtown merchants, art exhibits, and the Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning.

     

     

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