Outdoor Adventure

To The Batcave!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Missouri Floating Tips from an Outfitter

Paddlesports are very popular activities that appeal to people of all ages, and the great state of Missouri offers some of the most beautiful streams in the country. Nearly all of Missouri’s navigable streams and rivers are located in the Ozarks (or Southern Missouri). Some of our streams flow south but some of them flow north, adding to our unique …

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Floating in Missouri: The Calling of the River

For nearly 30 years I have been involved in the paddlesports industry. I have witnessed thousands of float trips, and have even managed to sneak off for a few of my own. For me, every time I answer the call of the river, the conversation is familiar, yet as different as the water flowing through the stream. There is a …

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Missouri Conservation Keeps Water Wild

rowing up in central Missouri, I spent my best days outside making memories I’ll never forget, and learning lessons that shaped the way I see the world.  I’ve always found water fascinating – especially water that seems to move on its own volition.  As a child, I loved tracing the path of rainwater, coursing its way through rivulets, curbsides and …

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