COLUMBIA — A wooden footbridge straddles the Boone and Callaway county line and the shallow, rushing waters of Cedar Creek. The sandy banks of the creek are marked with the tracks of deer and river otter and flanked by dense trees. At one end, there is a road leading to privately owned farms; at the other there is a wide hiking trail leading into the 2,195 acre Smith Creek forest. Smith Creek is a part of the publicly owned Mark Twain National Forest, and named for the small tributary of Cedar Creek that runs through it, but is famous for much more.
On the path to preservation
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