Free entrance to Federal Parks and Monuments

National Public Lands Day is coming right up, this Saturday, September 24, and all entry fees will be waived at national parks and other federal public lands, including national monuments, forests, recreation areas, wildlife refuges, historical sites, battlefields, recreation areas, and grasslands. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is also on federal land.


Veterans Fish for Free at Roaring River

Veterans can fish for free all day Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Roaring River State Park.


Come float away with the Current and Jacks Fork rivers

Although the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is a national park, it sometimes seems like it is the best-kept secret in the state.


The Artist’s Residence: Thomas Hart Benton

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources acquired the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site site in 1977, two years after the death of the Neosho-born artist.


April 9, 1917

On this date in Missouri history, the State Park Fund is created to develop Missouri state parks.


INTO THE DEEP

Roaring River State Park is beloved for its trout fishing but named for its preternaturally turquoise spring, which flows from the base of a towering, U-shaped bluff. At the viewing platform, its shadowy mouth is hauntingly beautiful, dappled with light and the shadows from hanging ferns. On average, the spring produces an unfathomable 20.4 million gallons of water per day.


River of Life Farm in Dora, in southern Missouri.

WINTER GETAWAYS: THAT’S MY M-O.

Looking to get away and explore some natural beauty this winter? Look no further than Missouri! Whether you prefer a cabin, treehouse or villa, Missouri has accommodations for any interest or budget.


5 cool state parks to explore this winter

Missouri’s ninety-two state parks and historic sites provide opportunities for outdoor recreation year-round, from camping and hiking to bicycling and horseback riding. But some of Missouri’s parks offer unique experiences best enjoyed in cold weather. The bugs (and crowds) are gone, the vegetation has gone dormant, and maybe, just maybe, there’s snow on the ground. Here are five cool Missouri state parks for winter exploration.


City Scout: Kansas City

A wine festival, winter hikes, photography exhibit, and more are all set for the Kansas City metro area. Check out the opportunities!


The castle at Ha Ha Tonka State Park

October 21, 1942

The Ha Ha Tonka Mansion, built on the cliffs high above the Niangua River, catches fire, leaving behind the ruins that are still visible near Camdenton.