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.

Apr 24

Visiting Bingham’s Artistic Roots

SPS_BINGHAM_001In a December 1858 edition, the Marshall Weekly Democrat noted that artist George Caleb Bingham was returning to Missouri from Europe after completing paintings of George Washington and T

Mar 16

Hiking the Ozark Trail


California has the PCT. Missouri has the OT.

Feb 2

A Whirling White Tornado at Big Lake

SPS_BIGLAKEGEESE_001Russell Burge called to say he had been a tad off on his estimate of the snow geese visiting Big Lake State Park in the northwest corner of Missouri this winter.

Jan 7

Start the Year Right with a Winter Hike

With eight primitive campsites and plenty to explore in between, the aptly named Wilderness Trail in Meramec State Park is one of the best backpacking hikes in the state park system.

I headed out on the trail early one weekday in late fall when the last autumn colors were still hanging around. The hike ended six hours later after a long day full of caves, springs, sinkholes, woodlands, glades and river bluffs. Saw nary a soul along the way.