Active Advisories

Feb 9, 2018 - Mar 15, 2018

Certain areas of the park will be closed to the public on Feb. 14 through Mar. 15 for special wildlife surveys. Closed areas will be signed during the survey periods, typically occurring Monday through Thursday.

Areas affected are:
-- the entirety of Wilderness Trail

Anyone planning to backpack Wilderness Trail should avoid these dates. Firearms may be used in the closed areas, so visitors in the remainder of the park may hear this activity.

Jan 4, 2018 until further notice

The Wilderness Trail is under an open burn ban until further notice. The open fire ban includes prohibiting campfires and other open fires (i.e. tiki torches, citronella candles, etc.). Contained camp stoves such as gas and cook top stoves are allowed under the open fire ban.

Jun 30, 2017 until further notice

Taking some simple precautions can help keep ticks off your body during your next outdoor adventure!

Dec 26, 2015 until further notice

Bluff View Trail Spur remains closed due to flooding and storm damage. Bluff View Trail can be accessed at its trailhead at the Fireside Store & Grill parking lot.

Apr 15, 2013 until further notice

White-nose syndrome, a fungus that is fatal to bats but does not affect humans, is found throughout the eastern United States and Canada. ...

Jan 28, 2013 until further notice

Missouri’s forests are being threatened and you can help protect them. The emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic beetle that has killed millions of ash trees in the northern, central and eastern United States, has been found in Missouri. The spread of EAB and other destructive forest pests has been .....