Overland, Missouri: Dan's Emerald Forest

RoadsideAmerica.com Team Field Report

8851 Windom Ave., Overland, MO
I-170 exit 5. Drive west on Hwy 180/St. Charles Rock Rd for less than a mile. Turn left (south) at the stoplight onto Brown Rd. Drive two blocks, then turn left onto Windom Ave. You'll see Dan's yard up ahead on the left.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Dan's Emerald Forest.

Dan's Emerald Forest

Landscaper Dan Schmidt turned the front yard of his home into a year-round miniature world, with operating trains, waterfalls, and a mini-drive-in theater.

Roadsideamerica.com Report... [08/16/2012]

Visitor Tips and News About Dan's Emerald Forest

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Ski scene.

Dan's Emerald Forest

Looks like Dan has been neglecting the Eagical Forest. The train no longer runs, the waterfalls no longer fall, and the drive-in movie theater no longer has a screen. The happily married couple has gone missing. A few superheroes are skiing down a ski hill, but thats about it.

[Ron Renken, 06/09/2021]

Even outdoor displays suffered from the recent crisis, not to mention lack of visitors. Let's hope the Emerald Forest eventually reactivates to its pre-pandemic glory.

Dan's Emerald Forest

Especially amazing at Christmas. Dan greets you in a Santa suit. He has put up benches where you can sit and watch the waterfall and the train. It's one of my family's can't-miss-it for Christmas light displays.

[Home Girl, 09/25/2010]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Big Shoe Made of ShoesBig Shoe Made of Shoes, Clayton, MO - 4 mi.
Muffler Car Parts ManMuffler Car Parts Man, St. Louis, MO - 3 mi.
Terminator CubeTerminator Cube, Clayton, MO - 4 mi.
In the region:
Three Stacked Chairs, Kirkwood, MO - 9 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Missouri Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Rubel Castle, Glendora, California (May 16-22, 2022)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings