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After a short hike, visitors to Boone’s Lick State Historic Site can see the remnants of one of Missouri’s first and most important industries: salt. Timber and rolling green hills drew settlers to Cooper, Howard and Saline counties, but it was salt that made the area grow. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark noted the presence of many saltwater springs. Daniel Boone’s sons commercialized the largest of the area’s springs, opening up a salt business and shipping the salt, which crystallized after the water was boiled away, to St. Louis by keelboat. The site has outdoor exhibits that interpret and explain how salt became big business in the “Boone’s Lick Country.”

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Historic Site Grounds
Sunrise to sunset, year-round

During periods of heavy snow or ice, the site grounds are periodically closed.

Name that Trail: This 2.25 mile trail is designated for hikers and mountain bikers. It winds its way through woods and old fields and along small intermittent streams. Maples and sycamore trees grace the banks of Little Bonne Femme Creek, which is crossed twice. At the eastern crossing, a 100-foot bridge provides a dry crossing. The western crossing lacks a bridge a may require minor wadding. Don’t know the answer? Get your copy of Trails of Missouri State Parks and read more about this and other exciting trails in Missouri state parks and historic sites at mostateparks.com.