Next, and even further north was the Painted Rock Conservation Area with a 1.6 mile loop that features views from atop a 140 bluff above the Osage River. There is apparently evidence of habitation going back 9000 years, including a more recent burial cairn and some very old animal paintings on the bluffs (not visible from the trail).
This place has some primitive camp sites and is only 7 miles from US-63 so I’ve had the idea of using it as an overnight stop on excursions to SE Missouri. I could leave KC Thursday evening and sleep here instead of leaving Friday morning, for example. I’m always looking for ways to squeeze a little more trail time into the trips.
By about 12:30 I was headed north to Jefferson City and then west on US-50 with a stop in Sedalia for lunch at Kehde’s Barbeque.