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.

Jun 5

New Water Trail Dedicated at Finger Lakes State Park

Finger Lakes State Park is marking National Trails Day on June 7 by dedicating a new trail. If you want to explore it, bring your water shoes instead of hiking boots.

North of Columbia off U.S. 63, Finger Lakes State Park gets its name from the slender lakes formed when pits left by a prior coal-mining operation were dammed and filled with clear water. Peabody Lake is the largest and now has a 4.5-mile water trail that lets paddlers explore the narrow waterways.

May 27

Dad and Daughter Plan 1,500-mile State Park Bike Ride

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Rachel Ruhlen and her dad, David Ruhlen, are going on a little bike ride to some of Missouri’s prettiest places.

Apr 22

Spring Bird Migration Underway

They come quietly in the night, announcing their arrival at daybreak by filling the woods with their songs.

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