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Daniel Boone Memorial State Forest
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The Daniel Boone Memorial State Forest is a stunning natural wonder that mesmerizes visitors with its diverse landscape and rich history. Named after the legendary explorer and frontiersman, this state forest offers a sanctuary for nature lovers, boasting winding trails, serene lakes, and lush greenery that teem with abundant wildlife. With its towering trees and tranquil ambiance, the forest provides a peaceful escape for visitors to engage in recreational activities, such as hiking, camping, fishing, and bird-watching. The Daniel Boone Memorial State Forest is a true testament to the beauty of Missouri's wilderness and serves as a reminder of the state's historical past.
History of the Area
Daniel Boone Memorial State Forest is located in the Missouri counties of Montgomery and Warren. It was established in 1956 as a tribute to the legendary frontiersman, Daniel Boone. The forest covers an area of approximately 3,080 acres.

Daniel Boone was a pioneer and explorer who played a significant role in the westward expansion of the United States during the late 18th century. While he is most famously associated with Kentucky, where he blazed the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap, he also spent a considerable amount of time in Missouri.

The forest was named after Daniel Boone as a recognition of his contributions to exploring and settling the American frontier. It is a representation of the natural landscapes that Boone would have encountered during his time in Missouri.

The state forest contains a mix of hardwood forests, open grassy fields, and scenic hills. It provides several recreational opportunities, including hiking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and hunting. There are several trails within the forest that offer visitors the chance to explore the natural beauty of the area.

In addition to its recreational offerings, the Daniel Boone Memorial State Forest also serves as a valuable site for resource conservation and management. It helps protect the watershed and provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species, including deer, turkey, and numerous bird species.

The establishment of Daniel Boone Memorial State Forest is a testament to the enduring legacy of Daniel Boone as a historic figure and his influence on the development of the American West.
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Jonesburg Gardens Campground
50 Highway E
Jonesburg, MO

1. Start by heading west on Interstate 70.
2. Take exit 144 for US:63 toward Columbia/Jefferson City/Moberly.
3. Merge onto US:63 S and continue driving southbound.
4. After approximately 20 miles, take the MO:H/Route H exit toward Ashland/New Bloomfield/Hartsburg.
5. Turn left onto County Rd E/E Liberty Ln (signs for Route H).
6. Continue straight on County Rd E until you reach a T:intersection with W Main St/W Broadway near downtown Ashland.

At this point, there are two different routes you can choose from depending on your preference:

Option A: Scenic Drive
7a.Turn right at the intersection mentioned above to stay on W Main St/W Broadway/Rte M towards New Franklin/Fayetteville/Spring Garden Vineyard & Winery if desired scenic drive through countryside vineyards or wineries appeals more than direct route access into state park itself; otherwise skip step #8 below as it pertains only those taking Option B instead of continuing directly into DBMSF via Rte K.

Option B: Direct Access
7b.For direct access without any detours or stops along way other than restrooms/picnic areas within DBMSF boundaries themselves follow these instructions:.
-Take immediate next left after turning off highway previously described which will be called "Rt K" according Google Maps but may have another name locally such as Old Hwy N etc so just look signs indicating correct road choice when arrive here;
-Follow Rt K about mile then turn right again where see sign saying something like 'Daniel Boone Mem'l SF' pointing down gravel driveway leading up hillside past small parking lot before reaching main entrance gatehouse area proper inside actual boundary lines maintained property managed MDNR staff members who oversee operations here year-round.

8. After reaching the main entrance gatehouse, follow any posted signs or directions provided by park staff to reach your desired destination within the Daniel Boone Memorial State Forest.

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