Start Your Journey to Our State Parks

You have to make this trip! Immerse yourself in native woodlands and forest, streams and springs, and uplands and pastures. Cool off in a crystal clear river. And how can you miss the house that the Beatles visited while in Missouri.


Get Out and Enjoy the Katy Trail State Park!

What was once the MKT (Missouri-Kansas-Texas) railroad,The Katy Trail State Park has so much to explore on foot, by bike, or on some stretches, horseback. The trail runs 240 miles over 14 counties. Get out and see the state in a whole new way.


20 Best Hiking & Biking Trails

Spring is here. Who’s ready to ramble? Here are 20 trails to explore by hiking or biking in Missouri. One takes you past elk and bison. Another is the Katy Trails' little sister. Several guide you along babbling creeks or the big rivers.


Guide to Caring for Birds During Cold Weather

Here in Missouri, we’re lucky to be a crossroads for birds heading south or overwintering here. Here’s a Guide to preparing your backyard for overwintering birds as well as a photo contest you can enter.


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.


Scenes from Seven Parks

A Visual Tribute to Missouri’s State Parks and Historic Sites.


April 2, 1923

The old tavern at Arrow Rock was purchased on this date as the first step in saving the town's jewels of American history.


Times Beach Missouri Dioxin Hazard

December 23, 1982

The EPA announced that it had identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, MO on this date in Missouri history.


Bootheel Cotton Field

Bootheel Confidential: A Guide to Missouri’s Southland

The Bootheel is influenced more by Memphis than by St. Louis, and the area definitely is a member in good standing of the Old South. Stuck like a hatchet in the forehead of Arkansas, the Bootheel and its people, for the most part, feel alienated from the rest of Missouri.