State Parks Stories
Missouri State Parks invites you to explore the world of nature our state has to offer. Read our stories and find a state park that's close to you.
The Ice Age has met the Audio Age at Mastodon State Historic Site.
Missouri State Parks chose two sites on either side of the state – Mastodon at the south edge of the St. Louis area and Weston Bend State Park north of Kansas City – for a one-year pilot program to evaluate the OnCell Mobile Tour System in which personal cellphones are used to access audio tours.
Temperatures nearing 40 were melting the weekend snow as Charles and Cindy Maledy unloaded their fishing gear near Missouri’s premier Ozark stream on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
“You get cabin fever, and a day like this is perfect for getting out,” said Charles Maledy. “We normally fish regularly seven to 15 times a winter.”
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.
A late afternoon storm rolled in off the lake. Rain came down in waves and wind lashed the wooded bluff at the water’s edge, but I was snug as a bug in my yurt.
Pomme de Terre State Park in southwest Missouri has added two rental yurts to a campground at its Pittsburg area on the west side of the park. The campground is on a peninsula, and the yurts sit close to a bluff overlooking the lake.