Mingo National Wildlife Refuge 'Bluff Trail Ferns' © Inga Eubanks
The trail along the bluff behind the Visitor Center provides some of the most beautiful views at Mingo.
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'Bluff Trail Ferns'
© 2010 Inga Eubanks


The trail along the bluff behind the Visitor Center provides some of the most beautiful views at Mingo.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park
© Lanna Golliglee

Castle at Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Alley Spring State Park
'Alley Spring Mill'
© Greg Matchick


Old red mill at Alley Spring State Park which once harnassed the power of the spring.

Graham Cave State Park
© Darren Good

This is Graham Cave

Big Spring State Park
'Big Springs with Caves'
© Copyright 2007 - Ken Robinson

Taken July 17th, 2007

Big Spring State Park
'Spring Mist'
© Firefly Creek

The humidity and warmth create a misty fog eminating off the Spring that travels the distance of the tributary to the Current River during the Summer months.

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Arrow Rock State Park
If you enjoy the easygoing serenity of a quiet village, then Arrow Rock is the place for you. Once a thriving riverport, the town is dotted with architectural treasures from the past. Limestone gutters of carefully carved blocks line the main street, marking the toil of earlier generations. Wooden sidewalks ........more >
Big Lake State Park
Boating, fishing and abundant waterfowl have made Big Lake State Park one of northwest Missouri's most popular outdoor recreation areas. The park is located on Missouri's largest oxbow lake, which was formed by the Missouri River before its course was controlled by channelization. Located just off ........more >
Bluffwoods State Forest
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Bonanza State Wildlife Area
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Boonslick State Park
In 1804, Lewis and Clark reported the presence of many saltwater springs in the area that now comprises Howard, Cooper and Saline counties. The largest of these salt springs was the Boone's Lick. The area around this spring was ideal for settlement and for many years Boone's Lick Country was a primary ........more >
Brickyard Hill State Wildlife Area
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Crowder State Park
The rolling green hills and deep ravines of Crowder State Park provide 1,912 user-friendly acres where visitors can camp, picnic, hike - or just take it easy. The camping area includes modern restrooms and showers, a dumping station and a laundromat. Picnic sites are located throughout the park and ........more >
Elam Bend State Wildlife Area
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Eva Neely Davis Memorial State Forest
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Fountain Grove State Wildlife Area
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Grand Trace State Forest
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Lake Paho State Wildlife Area
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Lewis And Clark State Park
Lewis and Clark State Park is a 621-acre camping park situated in one of the last major stands of old-growth forest in the state. Coniferous trees, streams, wetlands and dense vegetation comprise the park environment. ........more >
Little Bean Marsh State Natural History Area
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Marshall Junction State Wildlife Area
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Perry State Wildlife Area
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Pershing State Park
The outstanding features of what is now Pershing State Park attracted Gen. John J. Pershing during his boyhood years and continue to attract visitors to the park today. A hike down the 1.5-mile boardwalk or 6.5-mile Riparian Trail allows visitors to glimpse a slice of presettlement Missouri. Visitors ........more >
Pigeon Hill State Wildlife Area
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Pony Express State Wildlife Area
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Poosey State Forest
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Rudolf Bennitt State Wildlife Area
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Smithville Lake State Wildlife Area
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Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwestern Missouri within the historic Missouri River floodplain. The 7,350-acre refuge was established in 1935 as a resting, feeding, and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. Many of the original facilities were built by the Civilian ........more >
Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established by Executive Order 7563 on February 27, 1937. Purchase of 10,670 acres began at that time. Following purchase of land, the Civilian Conservation Corps began work on the refuge creating wetlands, constructing roads and buildings, and initiating the refuge ........more >
Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge Habitat Trail
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Thurnau State Wildlife Area
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Van Meter State Park
The state of Missouri and its principal river were both named after a tribe of Native Americans, known by the French explorers as the Oumessourit or Missouri Indians, that once lived in the area of Van Meter State Park. Today, the park provides outdoor recreational opportunities and interprets the area ........more >
Wallace State Park
The feature attraction at Wallace State Park is peace and quiet Located amid the rolling farmland of northwest Missouri, and less than an hour from Kansas City, this 501-acre, wooded park offers recreation and relaxation. For recreation, visitors can fish or swim in the park's six-acre lake or exercise ........more >
Watkins Mill State Park
It took Waltus Watkins nearly half a century to build his home estate and small community. Included in the 3,600 acres was an elegant home, three-story woolen mill, fruit-drying shed, smokehouse, brick kiln, sawmill, gristmill and acres of well tended orchards and croplands. A brick schoolhouse and ........more >
Wayne Helton Memorial State Wildlife Area
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Weston Bend State Park
Catch a glimpse of the Missouri River and enjoy natures sites and sounds just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Kansas City metropolitan area at Weston Bend State Park. Located on the Missouri River, the once-thriving town of Weston can credit its early success to tobacco growing and trade. ........more >
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