Filled with rich history and beautiful scenery, the Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area is the perfect place to enjoy a nice day. Tucked in behind busy highway 76, you'll find the wooded area’s main trails dotted with fresh blooms and vernal vegetation. Take the Ridge Trail for a peek at Eastern redbuds and Missouri’s state tree, the flowering dogwood, or jaunt down Bluff Trail for beautiful garden views. Feeling inspired to add a little natural beauty to your own backyard? Take home a few blossoming beauties of your own by visiting these local nurseries: Carson’s Nursery, Wheeler Gardens, Wickman’s Garden Village or Willow Green Gardens.