Paddleboarding in the Show-Me State: Where, How, and Why

“Stand-up paddling is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world,” says Don Dutton, owner of Going Coastal, a stand-up paddleboard retailer at the Lake of the Ozarks. “A decade ago, paddleboarding was virtually nonexistent in Missouri. In 2012, Going Coastal was the first company to sell paddleboards at the Lake of the Ozarks.”

At Castlewood State Park, a View Fit for Royalty

At Castlewood State Park, so named because of the rocky bluffs that give the appearance of a castle's fortress, visitors take in stunning views from limestone glades while adventuring over some thirty miles of wooded trail.

Sailboats with sails cast on Stockton Lake

Smooth Sailing on Stockton Lake

The wind is your friend when you're sailing on Stockton Lake, Missouri's premier sailing lake. With more than 25,000 acres of pristine water and 300 miles of shoreline, it's the perfect place to make a run and take in the sights.

At Montauk State Park, a River is Born

Montauk State Park is one of the oldest in the Missouri State Park system. Visitors can see the headwaters that form the Current River, cast a line in a well-stocked trout run, explore a pre-Civil War mill, and maybe even spot a pair of bald eagles.

On the Watch for Sasquatch

Think you've got what it takes to track down one of North America's most famous cryptids? The third annual Weston Bigfoot Search is your chance to bring home the glory—and perhaps a special trophy. Pro tip: Start practicing your Bigfoot call now.

Beauty on the Current

The richly diverse Current River State Park features almost two miles of beautiful river frontage, offering ample opportunity for swimming, floating, and fishing as well as hiking, backcountry camping, and interpretive programming.

New Heights

Rock climbing devotees pride themselves on inclusivity and positivity. No one is too old, too big, or too small to try the sport, and there's no shortage of opportunities for those seeking a fresh perspective on some of Missouri's most-loved places.

A Major Skirmish Remembered at the Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site

Once referred to as the Thermopylae of the West, the Battle of Pilot Knob was one of the bloodiest in the Civil War in Missouri, and it marked the beginning of the end for the Confederate forces under Maj. Gen. Sterling Price.

Tiptoe Through the Tulips

It's tulip time in Missouri. These harbingers of spring are in full bloom, and there are a number of opportunities around the state to take in their beauty—and maybe pick a bouquet or two. But don't wait. They won't be here much longer.

A Little Hope on the Prairie

At one time, more than one-third of Missouri was covered in prairie—a landscape known for wide-open expanses of verdant grassland. Although much of this habitat has since been depleted, efforts are underway to conserve what remains.