Mark Twain National Forest is one of the Bonne Terre's natural attractions that teems with awesome beauty. The town is near state parks, lakes and other great attractions to visit in this part of Missouri. While staying at your Bonne Terre inn, be sure to drop by this fabulous forest park.
Mark Twain National Forest
401 Fairgrounds Road
Rolla, MO 65401
One of the greatest highlights of any Missouri vacation is the Mark Twain National Forest. This lush forest that covers more than 1,480,000 acres of land in the premises of the Ozark Plateau is dotted with beautiful hills, mountains, wildflowers and wildlife species. It is a U.S. National Forest that was established in 1939. Since then, it has served as a home to 75 mammal species, 125 amphibians and reptiles and 320 avian species. Author Mark Twain, who the park was named after, was a native of the state. Since it would take you more than a week to explore its entire grand expanse, what you can do instead is to devote your time to one of the six districts of the forest park, which include Salem, Eleven Point, Poplar Bluff and Potosi Fredericktown.
You can also visit Greer Spring, which is one of the most interesting facets of the Mark Twain forest. It is the biggest spring in the whole of the National Forest Land that can pump up to 200 million of water gallons every day. You should also drop by the Glade Top Trail National Scenic Byway. This place overlooks the magnificent Boston Mountains in the state of Arkansas.
Bonne Terre Mine
Hwy 47 & Allen St.
Bonne Terre, MO 63628
Aside from the Mark Twain National Forest, the Bonne Terre Mine is also a fascinating tourist spot in the area that offers boat, walking and scuba diving tours. Listed by National Geographic as one of the top 10 greatest adventures in America, there's more to this place than what you would see in photos and travel guides. This mine, which is the forefront among the St. Joe Minerals lead mines, produced 70 percent of the lead in the United States. It's also where the sci-fi flick "The Abyss" was filmed in 1989. There are gigantic structures you can view within the mine. There are also diving classes available.
116 East School St.
Bonne Terre, MO 63628
Featuring an extensive collection of space artifacts, the Space Museum is another wonder to behold while you're in Bonne Terre. You can find things like the flag that was with Eugene Cernan when he went to the moon aboard Apollo 17. This museum also holds events annually and programs that strive to teach children and adults about space exploration. It's a must-see attraction from your Bonne Terre Bed and Breakfast.