Picture-Perfect Getaways

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Outdoor Adventure , outdoors , State Parks and State Historic Sites , biking / walking trails , Katy Trail , nature trails , Trails , walking trails
Outdoor Adventures
Author: Hoffman Lewis

With beautiful Missouri weather, it’s only natural that you have a hankering to head outside and explore. Missouri offers countless ways to spend time in the great outdoors.

On April 27, at Knob Noster State Park, immerse yourself in the splendor of spring during the Wildflowers Amongst the Trees guided hike. In the expert company of a naturalist, this trek covers a one-mile section along the Clearfork Woodland Trail. Be sure to take along a wildflower identification book, as you’re bound to see dozens of extraordinary species. 

Get a jump on these early days of spring, at the Spring Into Spring Hike, held at Crowder State Park. The park, located about 10 minutes northwest of Trenton, hosts this three-mile hike March 23. Return to Crowder State Park, April 21, to celebrate Earth Day; activities include creating nature crafts using recycled materials, planting seeds, and participating in guided nature hikes.

At Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, your family encounters the wonders of nature – right in the midst of Kansas City. This lovely, serene place features 10 acres of wetlands, gardens, walkways and wildlife. Within the visitor center building, learn many ways to appreciate nature. The center frequently hosts educational programs on a variety of topics, including wildlife viewing and growing native plants. Expand your own nature library with a purchase from the Missouri Outdoors Nature Shop.

Adventure awaits you at Faust Park, in Chesterfield. This attractive park boasts a variety of natural and human-made attractions. Explore the Historic Village to discover what life was like in the latter half of the 19th century. The village features 16 buildings and four homes illustrating the architectural styles of the 1840s-1890s. Also in the park, tour Thornhill, the majestic home of Frederick Bates, the second governor of Missouri. No trip to Faust Park would be complete without a visit to the Sophia M.Sachs Butterfly House. The 8,000 square-foot glass conservatory glimmers like a jewel; thousands of butterflies soar within.

Meet some of Missouri’s most enchanting residents at the World Bird Sanctuary, in Valley Park. Bird-watching enthusiasts are sure to be wowed by the owls, eagles, hawks, vultures, parrots and falcons. Take a self-guided tour – and don’t forget the binoculars.

Feeling inspired by the sky-high adventures of butterflies and birds? Treat yourself to a view from the clouds, courtesy of Air Lake Aviation. For a different perspective of the Lake of the Ozarks and nearby areas, Air Lake’s professional pilots take you on an unforgettable airplane tour from Grand Glaize Airport (in Osage Beach) and Camdenton Airports (in Camdenton).


Explore Missouri on two wheels when you ride along the Katy Trail. Stretching nearly statewide, this gorgeous trail attracts cycling enthusiasts from around the world. Katy Trail winds past numerous campgrounds, bed-and-breakfasts, wineries and shops. With 48 trailheads spaced along its 237+ miles, the Katy Trail offers cyclists the perfect opportunity to see the diversity of Missouri’s great outdoors.


 Knob Noster State Park
Knob Noster State Park, off Route 50 on Route 23, is a 3,934-acre area with thick forests, clear lakes ...

 Crowder State Park
This park, four miles west of Trenton, is dedicated to Gen. Enoch Crowder, founder of the selective ...

 Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center
Discover 10 acres of gardens, wetlands, walkways and wildlife that surround the Anita B. Gorman Conservation ...

 Faust Park
Faust County Park is located on a tract of land that once belonged to Frederick Bates, the second governor ...

 Historic Village at Faust Park
Faust Historic Village is a collection of buildings that were moved to Faust Park from locations in ...

 Thornhill-1820s Home of Gov. Frederick Bates
Built in 1819, Thornhill is the oldest governor’s home still standing in Missouri. It was the ...

 Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
More than 1,000 tropical butterflies, in 60 species, fly freely in the 8,000-square-foot glass conservatory. ...

 World Bird Sanctuary
This wildlife encounter is situated on 305 acres. Self-guided displays of live eagles, owls, hawks, ...

 Air Lake Aviation
We offer scenic tours of the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding areas. AirLake Aviation offers 30-minute ...

 Katy Trail State Park - Statewide
Katy Trail State Park is the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S. The flat, 237.7-mile trail ...