The day is here. The guys’ getaway in Missouri you’ve been thinking about for weeks is about to begin.
With that excitement comes some trepidation. The possibilities for fun in Missouri are virtually endless and you aren’t sure exactly where to begin. Why not start outdoors? Hiking, biking, ATV-riding, swimming, fishing, golfing, canoeing and camping are popular outdoor activities in the Show-Me State.
These spots offer experiences you won’t soon forget:
Hiking – The rugged Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park near Ste. Genevieve is sure to get your adrenaline pumping and to give you plenty of time to appreciate the beautiful natural setting. The trail runs almost 10 miles, so be sure you’ve got all the appropriate gear and plenty of water if you plan to tackle the whole thing.
Biking – If you prefer a less strenuous adventure, grab your bike for a quick ride through Weston Bend State Park, north of Kansas City. The 3.25-mile Weston Bluffs Trail is rated as easy (but will still give you a workout) allowing ample time to visit the nearby Holladay Distillery, home to McCormick Distilling Company.
ATV riding – Several locations in Missouri offer outdoor fun on four wheels and St. Joe State Park near Park Hills is among the most popular. The park offers more than 50 miles of linear trail and is open to ATVs, motorcycles, side-by-sides (UTVs) and, in the winter, snowmobiles. Be sure to wear your helmet. More rules and regs are found here.
Swimming – Sand and sun make for a day of fun at Spalding Beach on Mark Twain Lake. The beach spans about 300 yards, meaning there’s plenty of room to roam and toss the football. If you want to warm up before you cool off, the adjacent Joanna Trail runs 32 miles and is open for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
Fishing – Missouri lakes have everything from crappie and bass to muskie and walleye; the Missouri and Mississippi rivers are known for producing monster catfish. The streams of southern Missouri also are known as great fishing spots, while Lake Taneycomo, Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk State Park and Maramec Spring Park are noted as premier trout fishing locations in the Midwest. Oh, and Lake of the Ozarks was voted the country’s best recreational lake in 2015, so …
Golfing – You boys are in luck. Missouri has some of the best courses anywhere and you’ll be wowed by the surroundings. The Lake of the Ozarks Golf Trail has more than a dozen courses suited to every skill level, many offering great views of the lake itself. Plenty of highly-rated courses are found in the Branson area, too. Don’t miss Top of the Rock, a par-3 course that’s part of a “you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it” nature preserve adjacent to Big Cedar Lodge. Don’t miss the chance to have a drink in Arnie’s Barn, to take the Lost Canyon Cave Tour or explore the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum.
Canoeing – The Big Piney River in Pulaski County is among Missouri’s top floating streams, joining the likes of the Current River, Huzzah Creek, Eleven Point River, Elk River and Niangua River. Rent canoes, kayaks, rafts or inner tubes for a fun day on Missouri’s waterways, while enjoying beautiful surroundings.
Camping – Campfire cooking and a night under the stars bring the perfect end to a day filled with outdoor adventure in Missouri. The AOK Campground and RV Park has camping on 23 acres about three miles north of St. Joseph (where outlaw Jesse James once lived), while Finger Lakes State Park Campground is a popular destination just north of Columbia (and you can ride ATVs there, too!).
Of course, hunting is another popular outdoor activity in the Show-Me State. You can learn more about hunting rules, regulations and seasons at the Missouri Department of Conservation website.
Now that you’ve got some ideas, head back to the VisitMO.com home page to start planning your Missouri adventure.