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Fun For All Ages at Missouri State Parks

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When days get longer and the temperature rises, don’t stay inside, enjoy the great outdoors at one of Missouri’s State Parks. Missouri State Parks are the perfect setting for a family vacation; there are plenty of fun activities for every age group. Bennett Spring State Park in Lebanon is just one of 52 state parks found across Missouri. This beautiful ... Read More »

Hitchhiker’s Guide To Floating in Pulaski County

Photo courtesy of Route 66 Canoe.

Merriam-Webster defines floating as “continually moving or changing position.” In the Ozarks, floating is an art form, sometimes even a lifestyle, that involves canoes, kayaks, paddles, a river and family and friends. People float from a location on the river downstream to another location on the river. The exact destinations on Pulaski County’s Big Piney or Gasconade Rivers that are ... 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 »

Whooooo’s There?

This summer, many families will take extended float trips that involve camping overnight. A lucky few may see or hear owls.  These majestic creatures are an essential and beautiful part of Missouri’s forests and wildlife areas, and it’s important that they are not killed, captured or disturbed. If it weren’t for owls, animals such as mice, rats and rabbits could ... Read More »

Heading Outside? Here’s an Inside Look at Camping in Missouri

So if Missouri is the best spot for camping, what are some of the prime state parks to pitch a tent or pull in a camper? In a recent nationwide poll at About.com, readers voted Missouri the best state for camping. Montana and Colorado were next in the online voting. Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, credits the state’s ... Read More »

Camper Cabins Are Hot Property at Parks

The noisy, early evening thunderstorm was a double delight. First, I got to watch the light show from a rocker on the porch of my cozy camper cabin at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. To the north, lighting flashed and thunder rumbled over Goggins Mountain. To the south, patches of blue sky peeked through the clouds. The deluge that followed overnight ... Read More »

Conservation Atlas a Valuable ‘Staycation’ Tool

Planning a conservation-themed staycation leads you to beautiful areas of Missouri.

Bird watching, hunting, angling, camping, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, nature photography – what more could an outdoor enthusiast want in a summer vacation? If you live in Missouri, these and other outdoor adventures are never far away, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) can help you find them. More than 1,000 conservation areas (CAs) let Missourians discover nature on ... Read More »

Fall Floats in Missouri

Take a float trip for some 'you' time

This is the perfect time of year for taking in the beautiful outdoor scenery while on a float trip.  One way to enjoy a float is by using a single-person float tube which is powered by the use of your legs and feet (some people even use a small motor).  A float tube is a large u-shaped tube with a ... Read More »

Girlfriend Getaways in Missouri

Girlfriend getaways. For those that take them, this means you are now thinking of all the fun times you and your friends have had and thinking you need to start planning the next one. If your group of girlfriends is like mine, you are always looking for new ideas and things to do. Missouri has so many choices, even for ... Read More »