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.