Valley View Glades CA

A brilliantly designed and executed trail loops through a small but varied landscape of glades, forest and creek bottoms. Valley View Glades Natural Area is located west of Hillsboro in Jefferson County, about 40 minutes south I-270 down MO 21. MO 21 is four-lane divided highway through Jefferson County to where it ends at route B (paved). Go right on B 4 miles or so to Valley View Glades (parking on left).

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If you hike counter-clockwise around the trail at Valley View Glades, you'll eventually end up on a old wagon road running along a ridgetop. After a bit, the trail leaves the road and descends to a wet weather creek, near a spot where the water plunges over rock ledges and down into a bathtub-sized pool.

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What a difference the spring makes!

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How natural are Ozark glades? They're common around Valley View and Victoria Glades, so at first glance they seem like a normal part of the landscape.

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