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A group of people enjoy fall colors while taking a driving tour through Poosey Conservation Area.
The 33rd annual fall driving tour at the Poosey Conservation Area drew more than 1,300 visitors on Oct. 20. Visitors admired fall color, drove back roads in rugged hills, and hiked up to the Panther's Den bluff.
Photos by Bill Graham, Missouri Department of Conservation

MDC hosted Poosey Conservation Area fall driving tour on Oct. 20

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Northwest
Oct 22, 2019

Chillicothe, Mo. – A pretty fall day along with foliage turning red and gold on trees, shrubs, and native grasses drew more than 1,300 people on Oct. 20 to the 33rd annual fall driving tour at the Poosey Conservation Area. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) hosted the tour northwest of Chillicothe in Livingston County.

Visitors got to drive on gravel roads in the area’s interior that are not normally open to vehicle traffic. The route led uphill and down with some creek crossings. Some held picnics at the woodland area where MDC staff set up exhibits about Poosey community history, conservation, private land habitat programs, wildfire fighting, and forestry. An added treat, Smokey Bear was present and available for photos with fans.

Fall color in the forests and woodlands of northwest Missouri was in the early stages of transition on Oct. 20. The greens are declining fast in the foliage. But there will be plenty of color at Poosey Conservation Area and other MDC public lands in the next few weeks.

For information about Poosey Conservation Area, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZSS. To find an MDC conservation area or program near you, visit http://www.mdc.mo.gov.

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A group of people park their van to enjoy a view of the lake at Poosey Conservation Area.
Van stops at lake at Poosey CA
The 33rd annual fall driving tour at the Poosey Conservation Area drew more than 1,300 visitors on Oct. 20. Visitors admired fall color, drove back roads in rugged hills, and hiked up to the Panther's Den bluff.

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Two people pose for a picture at Panther's Den Bluff.
Taking pictures at Panther's Den Bluff
The 33rd annual fall driving tour at the Poosey Conservation Area drew more than 1,300 visitors on Oct. 20. Visitors admired fall color, drove back roads in rugged hills, and hiked up to the Panther's Den bluff.

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