What to do and see in Potosi, United States: The Best Places and Tips

November 24, 2017 Myesha Cogley

Potosi is a city in Washington County, Missouri, United States. Potosi is about 10 miles north of Belgrade. The population was 2,660 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Washington County. The city was founded sometime between 1760 and 1780 as "Mine à Breton" or Mine au Breton, and later renamed by Moses Austin for the Bolivian silver-mining city of Potosí.
Restaurants in Potosi

1. Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard

10035 Edge Cliff Dr, Potosi, MO 63664-8485 +1 573-438-4741
Excellent
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4 based on 8 reviews

Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard

Edg-Clif Farms and Vineyard is a craft winery and country wedding venue. We would like to invite you to explore our 3200 Vine Vineyard. We are located on a 550 acre vintage farm nestled in the Ozark Mountain Appellation. Edg-Clif Winery specializes in Chambourcin wines with 8 different styles of wine. We have something to please every visitor. Open Sat-Sun and Holiday Mondays 11-5.

Reviewed By FieldShanghai - Shanghai, China

Edg Clif Farms is a beautiful and historic property located about an hour and a half from St. Louis. Originally a cattle ranch, this 7 acre vineyard with Chambourcin, Vingnoles and Vidal Blanc grapes is surrounded by farmland roamed by Missouri bison is a perfect spot for a picnic or stop on an afternoon drive. They have a variety of wines starting from $4 per glass and $12 per bottle, try the tasting of either the sweet or dry flight for only $5. They also have a new microbrewery offering a few seasonal flavors. They also hold weddings and events.

2. Bonne Terre Mine Tours - West End Diving

185 Park Ave, Bonne Terre, MO 63628-1763
Excellent
54%
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4 based on 291 reviews

Bonne Terre Mine Tours - West End Diving

Bonne Terre Mine is an unique abandoned Mine. When the mine closed in 1962, the pumps wer turned off and it flooded. We maintain the lake level with pumps for the Boat/Walking Tours and the Scuba Dive Operation. All year long the temperature of the mine is 62 degrees. We are open 7 days per week until October 1. Tours start at 9:30 and go every hour on the half hur ie 9:30,10:30,11:30,12:30,1:30,2:30, and last tour at 3:30. Please arrive 30 mins prior to the tour you would like to take. No reservations necessary for groups smaller than 10.

Reviewed By dcnwayne - Willis, Michigan

I’ve been diving at Bonne Terre Mine twice (seven dives). It is definitely a cool place & I do recommend, but not really for new / novice divers. Part of their “safety protocol” is to have divers watch an entry level safety video & do several open-water skills at the start of the first dive. For pro level divers the video is hugely annoying & a waste of time; as are the skills performance. It’s their business, so you just have to suck-it-up. The groups can be large & the bigger concern I’ve had diving there is how novice divers ‘school’ around other divers no matter how you try to stay away from them; constantly sculling, bumping & kicking you. Perhaps time would be better spent at the beginning of the dives teaching noobs that it’s okay, in fact preferred, to not touch other divers. Each group has a lead & a safety (tail) diver with lights. They have a ‘no light’ policy, which I understand. But, there is no way I’m diving in a place like that without my own emergency plan, so I just keep my flashlight in a pocket. Bring a tarp for your gear during SIs. Gear can’t stay on the dive platform & there isn’t always a clean area to put it, it’s a mine after all. I also highly recommend bringing food as there isn’t much around & not a lot of time to drive out with the long walk back up to the surface. There is a nice lounge to eat in if the weather is poor.

3. Old Village Mercantile

219 S State Highway 21, Caledonia, MO 63631-8215 +1 573-779-3907
Excellent
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5 based on 24 reviews

Old Village Mercantile

Reviewed By Amanda B

I enjoy visiting this place. I have visited twice. Once with my teenage daughter and once with a friend. The building is neat. I like looking at the antiques upstairs. If you like coffee, there are all kinds to choose from. We buy coffee to bring home to enjoy. We can't leave without some candy and enjoying an ice cream while here. I'm looking forward to visiting this fall and Christmas season. We have a group going this fall. Great place for a girls trip.

4. Washington State Park

13041 State Highway 104, De Soto, MO 63020-7000 +1 636-586-5768
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 49 reviews

Washington State Park

Petroglyphs, quaint hiking shelters and incredible Ozark overlooks define the Washington State Park experience. Easy access to the Big River makes the park great for swimming or fishing and the park’s three hiking trails address every type of hike, from easy strolls to power hikes. Buildings constructed by African-American Civilian Conservation Corps stonemasons complement the park and add to its sense of history.

Reviewed By Midwestadvocate - Saint Louis, Missouri

People who know about Native American petroglyphs rate these as tops. Yet they're a stone's throw from the highway, under a canopy to give some protection from the elements. To reach them, you must drive into the state park, and wind your way, following the directional signs. (Note that there are two entrances to the park.)

Since many of the petroglyphs are worn, signs hanging above them show the details, and then it's easier to find them in the rocks.

The park also has good hiking trails - some are a little steep, as these are Ozark Mountain foothills. In the spring near the river, wild phlox and blue-eyed Mary's cover the hillside - a truly beautiful sight. Bring your kayaks and water toys, as there is enough sandy area to launch them. Various types of campsites are available, or just plan to picnic for the day.

5. Missouri Mines State Historic Site

4000 Hwy 32, Park Hills, MO 63601 +1 573-431-6226
Excellent
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Missouri Mines State Historic Site

The former mining site of the St. Joseph Lead Company has been developed into a museum about Missouri's mining history.

Reviewed By Original_Shrut - Milton, Delaware

The Old Missouri Lead Belt has produced more lead than any lode in the world, starting back in the earliest colonial days. This park and museum is sited in the abandoned St. Joe mine and ore crusher facility which closed in 1972.

The underground network of mine shafts and tunnels extends for hundreds of miles in eastern Missouri. Here, the primary exhibit is of the history of the St. Joe mine and the miners and equipment used to blast, scoop, transport and crush the ore, galena, to be further processed into lead, zinc and silver at a smelter in Herculaneum MO, which just closed in 2014. Lord knows where it is smelted now.

A secondary exhibit concerns mineralogy with displays of silicates, sulfates, etc of all types.

The crusher facility is off limits, but hiking and biking trails extens throughout the property.

6. St. Francois State Park

8920 US Highway 67, Bonne Terre, MO 63628-3598 +1 573-358-2173
Excellent
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Poor
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4.5 based on 42 reviews

St. Francois State Park

The forested ridges and cool hollows of St. Francois State Park offer visitors a retreat from everyday life. Three hiking trails, including one that allows equestrian access, wind through the forested hills and glades of the Coonville Creek Wild Area. Easy access to the Big River makes St. Francois State Park ideal for canoeing and floating and the many shaded picnic sites and two covered shelters make the park perfect for family gatherings. Overnight guests can choose from more than 100 campsites, in campgrounds with modern restrooms, hot showers, and laundry facilities.

Reviewed By beach_lover101 - Midwest

We have visited this park multiple times over the last decade as a place to spend the day picnicking, fishing and wading in the shallows of Big River or in the creek within the park. It's an easy drive from St. Louis for us.

However, we've observed this park must not be getting the funds needed to maintain it because it has been steadily going downhill for the last several years. The grills at the picnic sites by the river have big holes in the floor...so we have to take something to line the bottom to keep our charcoal from falling on the ground. The picnic tables are getting very ragged as well. And, don't get me started on how the bathrooms are (not) maintained sufficiently any more. The pavement on the right side of the road just past the creek as your go further into the park started crumbling several years ago and is now so bad that it's essentially a one lane road there. We all laughed out loud on our last visit when we saw the "road work ahead" signs on that road because there was NO work going on to repair the road...simply cones to try to keep cars from falling down the embankment since so much of the surface has crumbled away.

Is there no money to help this park, or is it being appropriated and just not being used for the purpose it was intended. Please bring back this park to how it used to be.....a safe, well kept place to enjoy outdoors Missouri.

7. The Space Museum

116 E School St, Bonne Terre, MO 63628-1724 +1 573-358-1200
Excellent
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

The Space Museum

Reviewed By ems622 - Bonne Terre, Missouri

Earl has done an excellent job with the Space Museum. The artifacts he has collected are interesting for visitors of all ages. What other town can boast a space museum? While the museum is not huge (the collection continually grows), I highly recommend anyone visiting Bonne Terre to take the time to visit.

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