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.

Sep 3

A New Gateway to the Ozarks

The development of the state park system’s property in Shannon County will add a new lodge, cabins and campground to the state park system but will open up for exploration a much larger landscape of the Missouri Ozarks and its wealth of wooded hills, bluff-lined valleys and sparkling float streams.

Aug 10

Katy Trail State Park Celebrates 25 Years

This is a success story.

Eldon Meyer brought his wife, Maggie, from the East to a rundown farmhouse on a hill outside his hometown of Hermann on the Missouri River.

She was not happy.

Jul 16

The Art of Falconry at State Parks

Meagan Duffee-Yates remembers the moment she became enraptured by raptors.

She was 12 and living with her parents in Dallas, Texas, when the family attended “Medieval Times,” a theater performance that features knights in armor.

“They had a falconry dinner show,” Duffee-Yates said. “They fly birds around you as you eat your dinner.”

In college, she started working with hawks, eagles and owls for educational use.