Outdoor Adventure

Discover Nature Through Flowering Spring Trees in Missouri

Eastern Redbud

According to Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry experts, if we start getting more normal weather, dogwoods and redbuds could bloom early this year. So plan an early spring outdoor adventure to see flowering trees. But all bets are off if the thermometer continues the yo-yo behavior we’ve had over the past month. Extremely cold weather can actually cause flowering trees ... Read More »

Tips for Spring Fishing at Lake of the Ozarks

spring fishing

After being stuck inside from a long winter, spring fishing at Lake of the Ozarks is one of the best times to come down to the Lake and get on the water, especially after the never-ending winter we have experienced.  Spring time is the little glimmer of hope that warm weather is coming soon.  At the Lake of the Ozarks ... Read More »

Opening Morning Trout Fishing Tips

Opening day of trout season at Bennett Springs.

For some, the annual trek to Missouri’s trout parks for the opening day of trout season signals a tradition passed down from generation to generation. But what about those new to fishing or participating for the first time? What are some tips and techniques to help you catch more trout? Read on; below are some recommendations that might help you ... Read More »

Winter Hikes in Missouri: Explore the Best Trails Year-Round

Roaring River State Park

While many families think about getting outdoors in the fall, spring and summer months, winter hikes are also a great chance to get outdoors.  Don’t let cabin fever coop you up throughout the winter months, and take advantage of this great time to explore the trails in Missouri State Parks. Missouri has been named the “Best Trails State” by American ... Read More »

Flowing Waterways: Rivers and Streams in Missouri

The Missouri River in Hermann

A state where rivers run, Missouri is home to thousands of places to enjoy the water year-round. As you travel the state, you’ll discover each stream has its own idiosyncrasies. Fishing, boating, floating, swimming . . . all are here, in Missouri. Let us introduce some iconic waterways, plus just a few attractions along the way, to help you get ... Read More »

Missouri Fun Runs

Enjoy a few cupcakes while you run a 5k...?

Cupcakes…running…beer. “One of these things is not like the others.  One of these things just doesn’t belong.” If you think you know which one, you’re wrong.  All of these things are exactly the same. Confused?  So was I when I found out some friends were running in a 5K Cupcake Run in St. Louis. I get that some people love ... Read More »

Discover the Natural Wonderland of Winter in Missouri

Burr Oak Woods in Blue Springs.

Winter in Missouri offers an abundance of natural beauty and is a great time to discover nature, both outside and inside. If you are willing to brave some cold weather in exchange for stark winter beauty, get out and explore some of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) areas located all around the Show-Me State. Wherever you may be in ... Read More »

Hiking One of Missouri’s Prettiest Parks

Hawn State Park

One of Missouri’s most scenic and unspoiled landscapes, Hawn State Park is known for pine trees and wild azaleas. Ste. Genevieve, Mo. – The rocky trail leading to the top of Evans Knob will get your attention. But the reward is a panoramic view of the wooded hills of hardwoods and pines – a mosaic of color in fall – ... Read More »

Hiking Ha Ha Tonka

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A lot of people tend to go to Ha Ha Tonka State Park to see the stunning early 20th century mansion ruins that sit atop the bluffs of the Lake of the Ozarks. While the castle ruins are a natural draw, the gorgeous and elaborate trails that weave through the park’s grounds are the real stars of the show. There ... Read More »