Tag Archives: State Parks

Missouri Fall Hikes: Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, Columbia

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park is a geological gem located just 15 minutes south of Columbia. This 2,272-acre day-park is full of trails, caves, creeks, natural wonders and spectacular views. Picnic benches are available for enjoying lunches and there is a playground for children. The rustic beauty of the surrounding area could make you forget to look at your watch. ... Read More »

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 »

The Weekend Guide to Farmington

Catch beautiful views while relaxing at Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Marler

With its prized wineries, multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities and proximity to state parks, Farmington has a lot going for it. Visitors can experience the exhilaration of a water slide, the beauty of a scenic hiking trail or the challenge of a unique golf course. In addition, a wide variety of stores and more than 400 hotel rooms provide shopping ... Read More »

Enjoy the Water: 10 Fun Missouri Floats

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Editor’s note: Writer Tom Uhlenbrock has spent a lot of time on Missouri’s floatable rivers and streams. Here, he outlines 10 trips you might consider for your Missouri float-trip experience. The list features destinations in the Ozarks, with a few lodging choices. Anglers may prefer other rivers like the Big Piney or Gasconade for fishing, although the cold, clear floating ... Read More »

‘Nature’s Garbage Collectors’ Don’t Charge Disposal Fee

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Four birders on a December 2011 outing to Ha Ha Tonka State Park focused their binoculars on a green tag attached to the wing of one of 28 roosting turkey vultures. The tag said E43. They reported their finding to the Bird Banding Laboratory operated by the U.S. Geological Survey. The center said the tag was attached to the bird ... Read More »

Expert Advice from a Youth Corps Member

Water flows through shut-ins at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

Last summer was a dream come true; I was part of the State Parks Youth Corps (SPYC), which used federal stimulus money to put about  1,000 youths to work in Missouri’s fantastic state parks. Instead of revitalizing the park system physically like most of SPYC, I was one of 11 journalism students who spent the summer producing photo and video ... Read More »