Outdoor Adventure

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

Painted Rock Conservation Area

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 »

Racers Can Hit the Trails with Missouri State Parks Racing Series

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Missouri State Parks is unveiling its inaugural season of the “Missouri State Parks Racing Series” this fall. Trail races of various types and distances of will take place at Finger Lakes, Johnson Shut-Ins, Stockton and Katy Trail state parks. The series begins with the Adventure Challenge at Finger Lakes State Park on Sept. 6. A combination race of paddling and ... Read More »

Floating in Missouri: Not Just a Summer Sport

Fishing on the Meramec River is not just a summer sport.

As summer begins to wind down, there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy the rivers.  Many avid floaters prefer to enjoy the river during the fall season. The vivid colors of foliage mixed with the gentle sounds of nature can offer a float filled with peace and serenity.  Of course, if you’re more of a thrill-seeker, some ... Read More »

Calmer Waters: Fishing Small Lakes in Missouri

Scott Pauley- fishing

During the last week, I had the opportunity to fish several of the smaller lakes of mid-Missouri: Little Dixie near Fulton, Teal Lake and Lakeview Park Lake in Mexico, Sugar Creek near Moberly and Binder Lake outside of Jefferson City. These are lakes you’ve maybe never heard of, but a common thread is they are managed by the Missouri Department ... Read More »

Conquering Water and Air at Big Surf Waterpark

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You know that feeling when you’re climbing up the stairs to ride the biggest slide at a water park? The heart-racing, blood-pumping, out-of-breath feeling mixed with excitement? That’s the feeling I had as I started my vertical trek up to Zambezi Falls at Big Surf Waterpark at Lake of the Ozarks. I’m not usually afraid of heights or any amusement ... Read More »

Try Scuba Diving in Table Rock Lake

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Branson has arguably some of the most pristine lakes anywhere in this country.  During the summer, thousands come from all parts to boat, or swim, in Table Rock Lake; one of many lakes in the White River watershed. Table Rock Lake was formed with the building of the Table Rock Dam in the 1950s, and is now home to all ... Read More »