Tag Archives: Missouri State Parks

Winter Hikes in Missouri: Explore the Best Trails Year-Round

Roaring River State Park

While many families think about getting outdoors in the fall, spring and summer months, winter hikes are also a great chance to get outdoors.  Don’t let cabin fever coop you up throughout the winter months, and take advantage of this great time to explore the trails in Missouri State Parks. Missouri has been named the “Best Trails State” by American ... Read More »

Enjoy Missouri’s History on an Interstate 70 Road Trip

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A magical history tour of the Interstate 70 corridor across Missouri’s mid-section found a mother lode of state parks and historic sites to explore. We discovered musicians, artists, founding fathers, Civil War soldiers and the earliest inhabitants of the state. The two-day road trip – a perfect remedy for cabin fever as cooler temperatures set in – began in St. ... Read More »

St. James Winery Pairs Well with State Parks

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There are two things Missouri does better than any other state in the nation: parks and wine. Well, maybe we’re biased, but the State Parks system in our beautiful state does a phenomenal job providing pristine sites for camping, hiking and fishing enthusiasts from all over the world—and Missouri is quickly becoming known for wines of great character and promise. ... 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 »

Missouri has Central Role in Wildlife Migration

North America’s greatest wildlife migration is underway – and Missouri is smack dab in the middle of it. Millions of ducks, geese, swans, pelicans and other waterfowl are on their annual trek to warmer climes for winter, generally along four major flyways (the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific) that go north to south across the continent. The Mississippi Flyway starts ... Read More »

Prairie State Park Celebrates 30 Years

Prairie State Park in Mindenmines celebrates the 30th anniversary of its dedication this year with a Prairie Jubilee on Sept. 29. The daylong event will include bison tours, a living-history loop, live music, bison-chip throwing, native plant sales and an 1800s medicine show. All is free except for a lunch of smoked bison. Missouri once was covered by some 13 ... Read More »

Maggards Cherish Ties to Current River Valley

When the federal government acted to preserve America’s pristine rivers, the Current, and its sister river, the Jacks Fork, were the first to receive protection. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways was formed in 1964 to create a national park along 134 miles of the two rivers, establishing a bluff-lined, green corridor that today attracts more than 1 million annual visitors. ... 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 »

Go Batty at Unique Missouri Festival

The public is invited to Missouri’s first ever Bat Festival on Saturday, April 21, at Onondaga Cave State Park at the Leasburg exit off Interstate 44. Rob Mies, the director and founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, is coming and bringing some of his furry friends, including a Malayan flying fox, which, with its six-foot wingspan, is the largest ... Read More »

Float Trips for All Seasons in Missouri

Veteran floaters who relish solitude may not appreciate my sharing this information, but, hey, Missouri has enough sparkling streams for all of us. My paddling group has regular spring, fall and winter floats. We look for a cold drink, a hot shower and a warm bed at the end of the day, so we book well in advance to get ... Read More »