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.
Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. That advice proved wise on a recent hike into one of the most pristine and scenic landscapes in Missouri – Mudlick Hollow at Sam A. Baker State Park.
Killdeer chicks raced noisily along the sand beach. A beaver glided on the glassy surface, then dove for cover with a slap of its tail. The only people watching at Lake Boutin in Trail of Tears State Park on this early spring evening was a father and son strolling the shoreline.
Destroyed by fire, the stone-and-timber Camp Pin Oak Lodge at Lake of the Ozarks State Park has been rebuilt with the same craftsmanship displayed by its original Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) crew in the 1930s.
The workers on the project are students participating in an innovative partnership with State Fair Community college, trading their labor for construction experience and college credit hours.
Missouri is known as the Cave State, but it also has its share of another geologic wonder – natural bridges and tunnels.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
The massive formations are featured at four state parks – Bennett Spring, Grand Gulf, Ha Ha Tonka and, of course, Rock Bridge Memorial.
HERMANN, Mo. – In the spring of 1838, steamboats carried German immigrants up the Missouri River to a hilly site that would become the city of Hermann as part of a massive migration that changed the face of Missouri forever.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />