Outdoor Adventure

Tips for Enjoying Fall Camping in Missouri 

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Fall in Missouri means long-sleeved shirts, blue jeans, evenings around a fire and enjoying cooler temperatures and beautiful colors with your favorite traveling companions. The reasons to travel to Missouri in the fall are myriad, from festivals and foliage, to sporting events and sightseeing. Camping is another popular fall activity in Missouri. By late September and early October, the humid …

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Tour Missouri’s Innovative History While Biking Hwy 36

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When you think of innovators and innovations from Missouri, some that might come to mind include Walt Disney, Mark Twain, retailer JC Penney, World War I Gen. John “Blackjack” Pershing, outlaw Jesse James, The Pony Express, the invention of sliced bread, and Dr. A.T. Still. These people and events all have ties and connections to northern Missouri, and the Highway 36 …

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Take a Fall Drive in Missouri

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Trees drenched in shades of red, orange and yellow are a sure sign, and favorite annual occurrence, of autumn in Missouri.  And with so much foliage, the Show-Me State is an ideal place for fall leaf-peeping. Of course, there’s a lot of ground to cover in Missouri, so picking a route might be the most difficult part of your excursion. …

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To The Batcave!

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For me, enjoying the outdoors gets a bit easier after August.  Even being born and raised in Missouri, I still get zapped from the 200% humidity we often have in July and August. This year, I’m looking forward to exploring more of Hannibal’s newest park on my (as yet unpurchased) new bike in September and October. Sodalis Nature Preserve, which …

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4 Beautiful Day Rides on the Katy Trail

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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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Find Romance Along the Katy Trail

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The flat, crushed limestone surface of Missouri’s Katy Trail is ideally suited for foot and bicycle traffic (some sections also permit horseback riding) and it’s an excellent gateway to a variety of Missouri adventures. You probably know the trail stretches 240 miles on an east-west alignment across Missouri, paralleling the Missouri River for much of the route. What you may …

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Camping Season is Just Starting in Missouri

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Buck the trend — you might find it’s worth it. When many people think of camping, summer is the first thing that comes to mind.  After all, camping season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, right? But — if you think of camping season beginning after Labor Day, you’re in for a pleasant surprise! Autumn is actually one of …

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Camping Along the Katy Trail

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The flat, crushed limestone surface of Missouri’s Katy Trail is ideally suited for foot and bicycle traffic (some sections also permit horseback riding) and it’s an excellent gateway to a variety of Missouri adventures. You probably know the trail stretches 240 miles on an east-west alignment across Missouri, starting near St. Charles and paralleling the Missouri River for much of …

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Check Out Missouri’s Brand New Echo Bluff State Park

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Echo Bluff State Park is one of those places you must visit to truly appreciate. The newest addition to Missouri’s robust State Parks system, Echo Bluff is situated along Highway 19 in northern Shannon County, between Salem and Eminence. The park officially opens July 30. The natural beauty and modern features will appeal to both hearty outdoors enthusiasts and to …

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Gear Up for Adventure on Missouri’s Katy Trail

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Missouri’s Katy Trail (technically Katy Trail State Park) is a popular pedestrian and bicycle path that runs across the heart of Missouri. Starting near St. Charles on the east, the approximately 240-mile trail parallels the Missouri River until it reaches the Boonville area, where it takes a southwesterly path through Sedalia to its ending point near Clinton.   The mostly …

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