Tom Uhlenbrock

Tom Uhlenbrock
Tom Uhlenbrock is an avid outdoorsman who works and writes stories for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks.

A New Attraction to Visit While Celebrating Oktoberfest in Hermann

Visitors to Oktoberfest in Hermann during the first four weekends in October will have a new site to visit, the 200-acre Hermann Farm and Museum on the east side of town. The farm, which opened in spring, offers a trip back in time to see how the first German immigrants lived and farmed after arriving in 1837 in the hilly …

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4 Beautiful Day Rides on the Katy Trail

With river views, stuck-in-time railroad towns and tidy farms with cattle in the fields, there’s not a bad section of Katy Trail State Park. But here are four that are down-right spectacular. Jefferson City to Hartsburg: 10 miles. This section can be busy with state employees getting some exercise on lunch breaks. Hartsburg is a quintessential railroad town. It is …

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Spring Surprises in Missouri State Parks

Cabin fever got you down? Shake the post-winter blahs and enjoy the spring warmup by taking a walk in the woods. You may find a few surprises along the trail of your choice. “Ephemeral” means short-lived and spring ephemerals are tiny wildflowers that pop up amid the leaf litter when the first warming rays of sunshine hit the forest floor. …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Arrow Rock State Historic Site

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! Just a 15-minute drive off busy Interstate 70 in …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Taum Sauk Mountain

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! Located in the St. Francois Mountains of the Ozarks …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Robertsville

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! When Robertsville State Park opened in 1989, it was …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: St. Francois

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! Located off U.S. 67 south of the St. Louis …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! When Babler Memorial State Park was founded in 1938, …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Big Sugar Creek

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! If the state gave an award for the quietest …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Elephant Rocks

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! One of the most popular state parks, Elephant Rocks …

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