Nothing More Refreshing: Amidon Swimming Hole

It's hot, like, August-in-Missouri hot, and you're covered in fine, pale chalkdust from exploring the gravel backroads of Madison County with the windows down. What could feel better than a plunge into the clear waters at Amidon Memorial Conservation Area? Swimming holes are hallmark of summer in rural Missouri, and to those in the know, Amidon's secluded waters (and more well-known pink rock shut-ins) are a rare treat, often passed on from parents to children and so on. We spent some time getting to know the area and what it means to the people who visit.