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Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge

Gov. Jay Nixon added another mile to his total during a hike at Thousand Hills State Park, and gained some new recruits for his 100 Missouri Miles Challenge.

State Rep. Nate Walker, R-Kirksville, was among the participants on the hike Thursday on the park’s 1.25-mile Red Bud Trail, and said he had signed up for the Challenge.

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Gov. Jay Nixon logged miles hiking on Red Bud Trail at Thousand Hills State Park and encouraged Missourians to join him in completing the challenge.

Lake Wappapello State Park in Tip-Top Shape for Summer

Visitors to Lake Wappapello State Park this summer will find the familiar quiet coves for crappie fishing amid many park facilities that are brand new.

“The park looks better than ever,” said Wanda Doolen, natural resource manager of the park in southeast Missouri. “There were a lot of silver linings to what happened.”

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Visitors to Lake Wappapello State Park this summer will find familiar quiet coves for crappie fishing amid many park facilities that are brand new.

The Natural Bridges and Tunnels of Missouri

Missouri is known as the Cave State, but it also has its share of another geologic wonder – natural bridges and tunnels.

The massive formations are featured at four state parks – Bennett Spring, Grand Gulf, Ha Ha Tonka and, of course, Rock Bridge Memorial.

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Missouri is known as the Cave State, but it also has its share of another geologic wonder – natural bridges and tunnels

175 Years Later, Hermann Is Still the Heart of Missouri’s German-America

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.

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175 Years Later, Hermann Is Still the Heart of Missouri’s German-America

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.

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If you want to explore it one of our newest trails, bring your water shoes instead of hiking boots.

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