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.

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.

Dec 15

Celebrate Christmas with a Visit to a State Historic Site

Flaming plum pudding, hot cider and cookies, marshmallow roasts – state historic sites throughout Missouri have special Christmas treats planned this holiday season. Here's what is going on at half a dozen of them.

Nov 21

Artwork Along the Katy Trail


Ask Billyo O'Donnell about his first name and he replies, "It's Billy with an O – like Picasso.