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Huzzah Conservation Area

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Be forewarned: The Huzzah Conservation Area is not for the delicate. This state-owned, 6,225-acre woodland, which sits about an hour-and-a-half southwest of St. Louis in Crawford County, has only a pair of outhouses and no water service. But don't let that keep you from exploring its isolated corners. A scenic seven-mile section of the Ozark Trail winds through the hills here, and it includes a spot called the Narrows, where bluffs drop steeply into the Courtois Creek bottom. There are two caves in the area to explore — though they're occasionally closed to protect the resident bats. You can also visit the former site of the Scotia Furnace and Iron Works, which operated from 1870 to 1880, and if it's between September 15 and May 15, you can even pitch a tent and camp under the stars.
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