Missouri State Outdoors

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Missouri State Parks

Watkins Mill State Park
Woolen Mill built in 1860, one of the few 19th-century factories in U.S. with original machinery. Visitor center, school house, Watkins home, smokehouse, cemetery. For information call: (800)334-6946

Bennett Spring State Park
State's third-largest spring has average daily flow of 96 million gallons. Spring branch stocked daily with rainbow trout. Cabins, dining lodge and store open in Mar-Oct. Nature center open all year. For information call: (800)334-6946

Montauk State Park
Park's seven springs form headwaters of Current River. Regular stockings from rainbow trout hatchery provide excellent fishing. Camping, cabins, motel, dining lodge, picnicking. For information call: (800)334-6946

Trail of Tears State Park
Park includes portion of "Trail of Tears" used by Cherokees in their forced march from Tennessee to Oklahoma, highlighted in Visitor Center. Camping, hiking, water recreation, picnicking. For information call: (800)334-6946

Katy Trail State Park
Katy Trail, which makes use of a former railroad corridor, stretches 185 miles from St. Charles westward to Sedalia. This hiking-and-bicycling trail provides an outstanding recreational opportunity as well as highlighting nearby natural and cultural features. When completed, trail will stretch 230 miles from Machens to Clinton. For information call: (800)334-6946

Camping and Hiking in Missouri

Alley Spring
Located in the heart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Camping and Hiking available in abundance in South Central Missouri. For information call: (800)334-6946

Big Spring
Located in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways has camping and hiking available. For information call: (800)334-6946

St. Joe State Park
Located in the heart of the old Lead Belt. Missouri's third largest state park offers hiking, picnicking, camping and an area for off road vehicles. For information call: (800)334-6946

Lake Wappapello State Park
12 miles North of Poplar Bluff on U.S. 67 & 9 Miles East on MO 172 has 5.5 miles of trails available for camping and hiking. Cabins and picnicking available. For information call: (800)334-6946

Lake of The Ozarks State Park
Missouri's largest state park has 89 miles of shoreline, two swimming beaches, boat launching areas, airport with terminal and services. Campgrounds, camper cabins, hiking trails, cave tours, horseback riding, organized youth camps. For information call: (800)334-6946

Hunting and Fishing in Missouri

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge
1 Mile S. of Sumner. Wide variety of wildlife can be seen on the 10,795 acres. Hunting and fishing permitted at specified times. For information call: (573)751-4115

August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
This conservation area offers fishing, hiking and hunting. For information call: (573)751-4115

Ozark National Scenic Riverways
America's first scenic riverways created by Congress in 1964, preserve 134 miles of the Current and Jacks Fork rivers. Some of Missouri's most scenic springs feed these rivers, including Big Spring, one of the nation's largest. Canoeing, Camping and Fishing for trout and small mouth bass are among the most popular activities. For information call: (573)751-4115

Mark Twain National Forest
Lies mainly South of I-44 with one district located in Central Missouri. Throughout the Mark Twain there are hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, including 145 miles of trails for trail bikers and ATV users. Hunting, fishing, sightseeing and birdwatching are among other popular activities. For information call: (573)751-4115

Ted Shanks Conservation Area
Located 79 miles South of Hannibal, marsh and wildlife management area, hunting and fishing in season. For information call: (573)751-4115

Other Missouri Outdoor activities

Missouri also offers the following outdoor activities:
  • Biking
  • Canoeing and Kyaking
  • Birding
  • Bicycling
  • Golfing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Cave Exploration