Tag Archives: hiking

Exploring Missouri State Parks: Wakonda

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! Tucked into the northeast corner of Missouri on the …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Weston Bend

Located just northwest of the Kansas City metropolitan area, Weston Bend State Park sits on a bend of the Missouri River near the site of the once-thriving town of Weston. In 1804, Lewis and Clark arrived in the area and noted evidence of an old Indian village on the opposite side of the river. Fort Leavenworth was established in 1827 …

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Hike, Bike & Sip Your Way through Cape Girardeau this Fall

Explore Cape Girardeau in the fall, when the weather and leaves are at their best, on your bike or on a hike, while finishing up your active day with a trip to a local winery or microbrewery. Bring your bike with you to Cape Girardeau and take a ride along the Mississippi River at Riverfront Park.  This paved, 1.25 mile …

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Ha Ha Tonka: A Historical Place to Play

What could be more exciting for outdoor adventure-lovers than hiking through old castle ruins with beautiful Ozark lakes and forest covered hills as your backdrop? Grab your walking shoes and a camera and head to Ha Ha Tonka State Park in the Lake of the Ozarks. Through 15 miles of trails (and boardwalks) you can see what’s left of a …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Lake of the Ozarks

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! Lake of the Ozarks State Park is the largest, …

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Exploring Missouri State Parks: Table Rock

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! Located on Table Rock Lake and near the Branson …

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Hiking Ha Ha Tonka

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 …

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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 …

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Snowy Days a Prime Time for Hiking

It’s coming. In fact, it may be here by the time you read this. Some folks treasure the start of trout season. For others, it may be baseball’s opening pitch in spring. For me, one of the grandest days of the year is when I awake to a blinding sun reflecting off the first snowfall of winter. Prime time for …

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Enjoy True Nature in Missouri

Ever feel like you’re living in a vacuum? Or a fishbowl? Or fighting your way through a mob scene in a horror movie? Let me tell you, I can relate. Been there and done that. But those feelings are easy to overcome. How? The answer is simple, inexpensive and no appointment is necessary: get out and commune with nature. Missouri …

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