Solomon Hollow Glades
Points of Interest:
- Enjoy interesting sandstone glades.
- Explore sandstone ledges and wet-weather waterfalls.
Natural Features Description:
Here extensive sandstone glades provide natural openings in the woodland canopy along a north-south trending ridge. These glades have developed on sandstone of the Roubidoux formation. Glades formed on this geologic formation are rare. In normally wet springs seepy areas occur on the glades and wild hyacinth, yellow star grass and potato dwarf dandelion are commonly seen. In the fall, blue curls and spreading aster bloom along the glade edge. Slowly growing blackjack, post oak and farkleberry eke out a living on dry rocky sites around the glades. Reindeer lichen (Cladonia species) and drought-adapted mosses are common on the glades.
This natural area is within the Mark Twain National Forest. From the intersection of Highway 63 and BB in Rolla, head south on Highway 63 for about 13 and three-quarters miles. Turn left on to Forest Service 1532 (gravel) and head 2 miles east. You may need a four-wheel drive vehicle to navigate Forest Service 1532. At the ridge top, park here. The natural area lies to the south and west and is accessed by an old ridge top logging trail that forms the east boundary of it. Hunting is permitted. A map and compass are recommended to explore this area.
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