Outdoor Adventure

Katy Trail Heads to Kansas City with the Rock Island Spur

Courtesy of Missouri State Parks. Katy Trail State Park has taken a giant step toward achieving its long-time goal of stretching across Missouri’s mid-section to join the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas. In late 2016, Missouri State Parks opened a new section of the trail built on an abandoned Rock Island Railroad line. The 47.5-mile stretch runs from …

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Missouri Outdoor Adventures: Don’t Let Them Bug You

Some years ago, a friend of mine who enjoys the outdoors – hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing – was asked if there was anything he DIDN’T like about being out in the wild. His response was classic: “If there’s anything I don’t like it would be what I call ‘Mother Nature’s revenge’: ticks, chiggers and poison ivy.” Personally, I would add …

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Missouri Breweries Near Hiking Trails

There’s nothing like a good hike to shake off stress, connect with nature and to work up a good thirst. And there’s nothing like a cold Missouri brew to help quench that thirst. Fortunately, Missouri is home to several prime hiking locations that are near craft breweries, so you won’t be thirsty long. Here’s a look at five hike-and-brew locations …

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Roughing It: Missouri-Style

I used to do a fair amount of camping – particularly while trout-fishing at Bennett Spring or Montauk State Park with my husband. Half the fun was getting the gear together: tent; camp stove; gas lantern; sleeping bags; ice chest full of food selected for outdoor cooking convenience; marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. Those were great times. Then one day …

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Visit Missouri Caves All Year Long

There’s one sure-fire place to escape a cold day in Missouri … a cave. No, don’t go making yourself a snug little cave of your favorite blanket, a nice fire and your preferred snacks and binge-watching movie series. I mean actual in-the-ground, year-round, climate-controlled caves, which are abundant here in the Cave State: GO NOW – Caves open year-round Bonne …

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Missouri Gardens and Sculpture Parks for Spring

As the calendar turns toward March and spring approaches, it’s time to shake off the winter doldrums, get outdoors and enjoy nature. If you want to throw a little art into the mix, the Show-Me State has just what you need. From the rural setting of Louisiana to the urban environs of Kansas City, Missouri has beautiful gardens and sculpture …

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Spring is Near in Missouri

It’s already started. I recently got a text “Big V of waterfowl heading north. Sound like speckle bellies .” (That’s a nickname for White-Fronted Geese.) For my husband, it was the first sign of spring. It was January 31. Technically, the spring equinox falls at 5:28 a.m. on March 20. But people anticipate the season well in advance of its …

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The Coolest Birds in Missouri

In Missouri, winter is for the birds. Literally. As January begins, bird watching opportunities abound across the state, indoors and out. And what better way to celebrate National Bird Day on January 5 than taking in the avian sights around the Show-Me State? Start by letting your spirit take wing at World Bird Sanctuary in Eureka, where you can meet …

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Enjoy the Slopes in Missouri

Brisk conditions and a light snowfall in some areas of Missouri signaled a seemingly early (and unofficial) start to winter, but the seasonal change doesn’t mean an end to outdoor adventure. In fact, there are two spots in Missouri where fun and the cold go hand in hand … well, maybe hand in glove. About 40 minutes north of downtown …

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4 Beautiful Fall Drives in Missouri

Missouri has excellent routes for memorable fall drives, with the rolling hills and winding back roads of the Missouri Ozarks serving up beautiful spots for enjoying fall foliage. Sometimes, though, staying on the beaten path is just as enjoyable, as Missouri’s major highways offer scenic views and convenient access to attractions. Here’s a look at four fall drives to consider …

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