Outdoor Adventure

Exploring Missouri State Parks: Castlewood

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This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show!  Castlewood State Park, St. Louis County. Historic photos show ... Read More »

Winter Fishing in Missouri: It May Be the Best Fishing Season

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Last week I was attending a holiday event when asked: “So are you done fishing for the year?” I responded: “No, I just fished a bass tournament last weekend.” “Really?” he asked. “I didn’t know you could even catch fish this time of the year.” I went on to explain that some of the best fishing of the year is ... Read More »

2015 First Day Hikes in Missouri

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Lots of people like to start off a new year with a resolution to get healthier. Many tend to give up a certain unhealthy habit like drinking soda or watching too much TV, but I say, don’t give something up, start doing something new. How about a resolution to get out and be more active? But more specifically, how about ... Read More »

Winter Birding: Missouri is for the Birds

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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 »