Spring Recreation Area
A rocky home
in the Ozarks
by Jeff Joiner
Whether we like it or not Missouri
is home to many species of snakes, both poisonous and not. And just about
anywhere you find a rock outcropping you'll likely find a few snakes hanging
In Lane Spring Recreation Area,
in the Mark Twain National Forest south of Rolla, is an unusual jumble
of rocks known as the Blossom Rock which is believed to be the remnants
of a cave collapse. The
Blossom Rock is an excellent spot to find snakes including the little
fellow at right, a 6-inch-long northern red bellied snake.
The rock jumble is also home
to multi-colored lichens that make the sandstone a mosaic of shapes and
Lane Spring Recreation Area
is 12 miles south of Rolla on the Little Piney River and includes a campground,
picnic areas and hiking trails including the Blossom Rock Trail which
takes visitors up the side of a steep ridge from the campground to the
For information about Lane
Spring and facilites found there visit the U.S. Forest Service office
in Rolla at 401 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, MO 65401; or call (573) 364-4621.
You can also find information about the Mark Twain National Forest by checking online.