State Adventure: Missouri



From the mountains in the Pacific Northwest to the Flint Hills of the Midwest, adventure is everywhere. With 52 state parks and 35 historical sites, the state of Missouri is a perfect destination for any outdoor escapade. The Show-Me state is typically known for its two major cities, it’s strong jazz legacy, and the state’s famous barbeque. Its also recognized for its beautiful rolling hills, vast grassy plains, and it’s forested Ozark Mountains. Whether you’re looking to hike, camp, bike, horseback ride, or kayak, the state of Missouri has it all. 

Hiking the Turkey Pen Hollow trail at Ha Ha Tonka State Park


Get ready to witness amazing 150 year-old oak trees and the remains of an old castle at this Missouri State Park. Ha Ha Tonka State Park contains more than 15 miles of hiking trails and is located in Camdenton, MO, near the Lake of the Ozarks. The seven-mile Turkey Pen Hollow Trail winds through the Ha Ha Tonka Oak Woodland Natural Area and eventually stumbles across the ruins of an old 20th century castle. The trails at Ha Ha Tonka State Park are a perfect spot to hike, geocache, take photos, and just get away from the city.

Kelley Branch Mountain Bike Trail


Prepare yourself for some serious two-wheel adventures at this Missouri location. The Kelley Branch mountain bike trail is located inside Finger Lakes State Park near the city of Columbia. It is home to some of the best bike trails in the Midwest. The Kelley Branch Trail has everything from challenging steep trails for the experienced, to the shorter leisurely lines for beginners. Along the trails you will find huge mounds measuring 20 to 30 feet high, picturesque waterfalls, the remains of an old mining bridge, and even a concrete pump track. Kelley Brach Trail isn’t just a picture-perfect place to enjoy the simple pleasures of riding a bike; it’s a prime setting to soak in the natural beauty that surrounds it. Don’t forget that when adventure calls, you can set aside your worries of a cracked phone screen and answer it on two wheels and a Garmin Edge.

Exploring Onondaga Cave State Park


Home to almost 6,400 known caves; Missouri is commonly known as the “Cave State”, and for good reason. Some of the state's most scenic natural wonders lie beneath the surface, especially in Onondaga Cave. This cave system stands out above the rest with its 1.5 miles of murky passages draped with dreamlike deposits of monumental stalagmites, sopping stalactites, and many other vibrant mineral deposits. The Onondaga Cave State Park is located about 5 miles from the town of Leasburg on the Meramec River. The Onondaga is considered one of the best cave tours in America and hosts outdoor opportunities for hiking, geocaching, and unreal photography.

The Show-Me state is home to a number of outdoor experiences for anyone to enjoy, but some places can be harder to find. Next time you’re feeling the need for some open-air nourishment, just remember that the state of Missouri is packed with outdoor recreation. Stay tuned for another state adventure series and don’t forget to share with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and use #HaveNoLimits.


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