Outdoor Adventure

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 »

An Ideal August for Floating in Missouri

Floating the Current River

It seemed as if the hot, dry days of summer ended in early August for many of us in southern Missouri.  Record setting rainfall led to flooding in many areas and caused the rivers and streams to rise above normal.  The brief period of cooler temperatures fooled us into thinking fall was on the way, but summer isn’t over yet! ... Read More »

Watch for Monarchs in Flight

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America’s most recognizable butterfly — the monarch — is poised to make its long southern migration to Mexico, and many of the beautiful orange, black, and white monarchs should be visible flying across Missouri as fall approaches. While our remaining prairies and other open habitats provide both food sources for the caterpillar larvae and nectar sources for the adults, loss ... Read More »

Next Time You Go Camping, Take a Picture

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The next time you go camping, take a picture. Take a lot, actually – they could prove useful to fellow campers. The Dyrt will be the first campground app and website built from user-generated content, showing campsites from a ground-level view. A simple version of The Dyrt website launched in June, and users are encouraged to send in “documentation” of ... Read More »

Five Fun 5Ks in North Missouri

2009 Hannibal Cannibal 10K and 5K Run/Walk, Hannibal

Hundreds and thousands of people running 3.1 miles may not sound like a fun activity to you. Yet, many people enjoy the activity and pay to be in organized races, relays or fun runs. I am one of them. The purpose of the fun run is to raise money for a worthy cause, the free T-shirt is a just a ... Read More »

Bird’s-Eye View of Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks becomes even more beautiful from the air.

As much as I would love for “thrill seeker” to be my official profession, I, unfortunately, can only claim that title on the weekends. From cliff jumping to para-sailing above sharks, I have done it all. But nothing quite prepared me for the thrill ride at Lake Ozark Helicopters, Inc. Ever since I can remember, riding in a helicopter has ... Read More »

Springfield Offers Fun Indoors, Outdoors and Underground

Smallin Cave was the first documented cave in the Ozarks.

As Missouri’s third-largest city, Springfield offers guests a variety of reasons to visit. You can catch a class AA Springfield Cardinals baseball game at Hammons Field, shop the “Granddaddy of all outdoors stores” at Bass Pro and experience unique Missouri flavors at places such as Askinosie Chocolate and Mother’s Brewing Company. But that’s just the beginning of a Springfield adventure. ... Read More »

Sailing the Mighty Mississippi with Twain

Enjoy a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River in Hannibal.

Growing up, if you asked me my favorite place to visit, I would have said the library. I loved to read everything, from Judy Blume to J.K. Rowling, and of course, being a Missouri girl, Mark Twain. I was fascinated with the way his novels and short stories offered a great adventure you could revel in – one that led ... Read More »