Hawn State Park

Five fabulous fall drives

Hawn State Park has the reputation as being Missouri’s prettiest, especially in fall. Ed Schott can look out the window of his office and see why.
“There are lots of vibrant reds and yellows in the oaks and hickories, and we have one of the largest stands of shortleaf pines in the park system,” said Schott, who is the superintendent of the park in southeast Missouri.

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Drive through fall in our state parks

Spring Magic: Wildflowers in Missouri State Parks

 By Tom Uhlenbrock

Missouri State Parks

 A little magic is happening in Missouri’s woods. The show will go on through much of April.

After a seemingly endless winter, the sun shining through the leafless trees is warming the forest floor, causing spring wildflowers to awaken. Like little jewels, they poke through the leaf litter and dot the drab landscape with bouquets of white, yellow, pink and blue.

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Mid-April is the beginning of Missouri's peak wildflower season. Come and see what Missouri's state parks have to offer.

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Fall's fallen, but it brings better views when hiking

STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. – The pines really do whisper.

With the slightest breeze, hikers on the Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park can hear the murmuring of the tall trees while walking on the path softened by fallen needles.

“We have one of the largest shortleaf pine stands in the state park system,” said Ed Schott, park superintendent for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “That’s a big draw for a lot of people.”

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With the slightest breeze, hikers on the Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park can hear the murmuring of the tall trees while walking on the path.

Tiptoe through the ... orchids?

Orchids are Missouri’s best kept botanical secret.

Thirty-six species of orchids are found in Missouri, compared to just three native species in Hawaii.

While most of the 15,000 species of orchids in the world are found in the tropics, Missouri has orchids throughout the state, from its northern prairies and plains, to its Ozark woods and river valleys.

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Orchids are Missouri’s best kept botanical secret.
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