The Cave Restaurant and Resort, Richland, MO -America's only in-cave restaurant - offers a view of the Gasconade River. One item on the menu: Deep Fried Alligator Tail. I have been looking for this place for a while.
Bring the swimsuits and enjoy Mother Nature's water park along the Black River. Just two hours south of St. Louis, you can make Johnson Shut-Ins State Park your home base to explore the nearly pristine waterway. The park offers campsites and a limited number of cabins. Take the Shut-Ins Trail to explore the park's namesake, a section of the East Fork of the Black River that courses through and around large erosion-resistant boulders. PINNED it, TRIED it, LOVED it.