Explore the Boones Lick Trail in St. Charles County

6/7/2014 | First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site | St. Charles, MO

In conjunction with National Trails Day, the historic site and The Historic Daniel Boone Home and Heritage Center (Lindenwood University) will collaborate on an event that will invite you to step back to 1820 and experience what it was like to travel on one of America’s early “highways,” the Boones Lick Trail. The journey begins at the historic site, where you will learn about the role of the trail in westward migration, about the original travelers and see an 1820s dry goods and hardware store. This introduction will take place in the buildings where Missouri’s first legislators, some of them frontiersmen and others of the gentry, met to undertake the task of reorganizing Missouri’s territorial government into a progressive state system.

Instead of covered wagons, modern day travelers will be transported through time via motor coach bus and travel the first 20 miles of the original route. The location of significant sites, such as forts, taverns (inns), bridges and stagecoach stops will be pointed out and interpreted as you pass by. Where remnants of the original sites exist, the bus will stop and allow for a more in depth experience.

The tour leaves the original route and travels to the historic Daniel Boone Home.  Travelers will experience frontier life through period demonstrations, hands on activities and then crowns with an early 1800s meal served in a “dog trot” cabin. There will also be a tour of the original Boone home.

This journey back into the past returns to the historic site in St. Charles, where it began. Cost for the trip will be $75 per person and include transportation, a “frontier meal,” a snack and program materials. Participants must register in advance and space is limited. Click here to read the news release.

Event times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Event partners include:

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

Historic Daniel Boone Home and Heritage Center

City of Cottleville

Boones Lick Road Association

This event is being held in conjunction with National Trails Day. For a complete list of events in Missouri State Parks celebrating National Trais Day, click here.

200 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO | (636) 940-3322

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs