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.

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.

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The development a new state park will open up for exploration a landscape of the Missouri Ozarks.

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.

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Various state parks around Missouri are holding programs to explain the ancient art of falconry.

Hiking the Ozark Trail


California has the PCT. Missouri has the OT.

The Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington, was featured in the movie “Wild,” which earned actress Reese Witherspoon an Oscar nomination.

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Missouri’s 390-mile Ozark Trail includes a forested route through the Ozarks that is scenic and secluded.


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