Outdoor Adventure

Winter Birding: Missouri is for the Birds

Trumpeter Swans, photo by Rick Smotherman.

I love birding. Or bird watching. Whatever you call it, Missouri is a hotbed of activity, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Smithsonian magazine just listed a spot in the northwest corner of the state as one of the seven best places in America to see fall bird migrations: “In the autumn months, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in ... Read More »

Hike Missouri’s Highest Peak at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

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This state park in Southeast Missouri features 7,500 acres of hickory forests, rocky glades and geologic wonders that make it a perfect getaway for hikers during any season. Overlook point at Taum-Sauk Mountain State Park #earlymorninghike #beautiful #mostateparks A photo posted by Jessica Carter (@jessica_rochell) on Sep 9, 2014 at 9:00am PDT Taum Sauk is home to the highest point ... Read More »

Enjoy a Cold-Weather Hike at Weston Bend State Park

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Weston Bend State Park is 30 minutes north of downtown Kansas City. The park includes many trails that make for the perfect cold-weather hike day-trip. With the weather cooling down, a brisk walk is just the thing to get you out and moving to hold off hibernation for just a little while longer. These trails are ideal for hiking, bicycling ... Read More »

Missouri Fall Hikes: Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is a geological gem located just 15 minutes south of Columbia. This 2,272-acre day-park is full of trails, caves, creeks, natural wonders and spectacular views. Picnic benches are available for enjoying lunches and there is a playground for children. The rustic beauty of the surrounding area could make you forget to look at your watch. ... Read More »

Missouri Naturalists Creatively Teach Outdoor Survival Skills

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) made sure participants walked away from a special, Halloween-related outdoor event feeling confident in their chances of surviving in the wild. Participants at MDC’s Survival Skills 101: Zombies course learned a lot out Missouri’s great outdoors and how to survive in the event of, you guessed it, a zombie apocalypse. If navigating unknown territory ... Read More »

Glamorous Camping Near Wineries in Missouri

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If the idea of soaking in the serenity of the great outdoors appeals to you, but the idea of sleeping on the ground and “living off the land” doesn’t, glamping is for you! Yes, glamping… as in glamorous camping. Whether you are planning a romantic weekend or a girls’ getaway, glamping offers all the creature comforts without so many actual creatures. ... Read More »

Color Me Autumn in the Ozarks

Wilson's Creek Battlefield in Springfield.

Southwest Missouri is fortunate to have one of the most beautiful autumns of anywhere in the world. A variety of mature trees, shrubs and vines paints a portrait of brilliant warm colors against the cool, blue, autumn sky. The tree line creates the perfect backdrop to the holidays, the harvest, the festivals and the changing season. There is nothing better than autumn ... Read More »

Enjoy Fall in Missouri State Parks

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With mild temperatures and outstanding views of colorful foliage, fall is a fantastic time to be outdoors.  In our state parks and historic sites, there are plenty of opportunities to experience all that the season has to offer. Fall foliage in Missouri usually peaks in mid-October.  Whether you’re enjoying lake views during a family picnic, hitting the trails to catch ... Read More »

10 Missouri State Parks You Need to Visit This Fall

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Missouri has been recognized many times for its wonderful state parks system. With 87 official Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites , which come to around 200,000 acres of beautiful public space, visitors can hike, camp and picnic in every corner of the state. Yes, 87 is a lot to choose from, so we narrowed it down to 10 that ... Read More »

Enjoy an Evening on a Missouri Prairie

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Enjoy more than 1,000 acres of  native prairie. Take in Oktoberfest festivities in the charming small town of Cole Camp, in Benton County, at Missouri Prairie Foundation’s ‘Evening on the Prairie’ event on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.  All are invited to the Annual Prairie Day and MPF Evening on the Prairie Reception in Cole Camp, Missouri, on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 5:00 ... Read More »