Throwback to when we camped in single digit temps.
It seemed chilly then, but on a day like today I’d love to jump in those ice cold waters!
Adventure Outdoors always takes care of us when we go out when no one else wants to. Heck, they’ll even take you out for a float when it’s warm too! 😉
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Operating as usual
Throwback to when we camped in single digit temps.
Back to our Top Ten State Parks of Missouri list!
Coming in at #2 is a park every St. Louisan has heard of and probably been to, Castlewood State Park.
Between Ballwin and Lone Elk Park, you’ll find trails, abundant wildlife, and a quintessential taste of Missouri Outdoors right in your backyard.
This park can get pretty crowded and the Meramec River can be treacherous at times so this park does not come without a few drawbacks. The park does although have a few good spots to fish and some of the best mountain biking trails in the area according to the internet people.
This list was compiled by online rankings where Castlewood is always near the top. While I don’t think it would make my personal Top Ten List, I do think everyone should check this park out at least once.
Two legends in Missouri. Where are they?! Lol
Got to check out lake #33 aka Kraut Run Lake in Busch Wildlife today.
Saw a ton of snakes, blue gill, herons and other birds but no bass or catfish.
Busch Wildlife has a ton of stocked lakes and this one has boat rentals. The water looked JUICY so I’ll definitely be back. Anyone else fish there?
This weekend, the family and I visited #3 on our Top Ten State Park List.
It DID NOT disappoint.
Holy moly is Johnson Shut Ins State Park amazing!
Located an hour and forty-five minutes outside of Saint Louis, this is a place everyone is going to want to see. It’s in the Arcadia Valley and there aren’t many places to get supplies near by so pack accordingly. But there are two stores on the property, bathrooms, and changing rooms so you’ll be well taken care of!
While it may not be the best place for small children because of the numerous rock formations, there are areas where our 6 and 12 year olds had a blast.
There are a lot of stairs but the trail is pristine. A nice boardwalk leads you to an area where you have to do your best mountain goat impersonation to get to the water.
The rocks under the water are SLICK. This cannot be understated. I had to get out of the water like a seal sliding on its belly upon a glacier.
The views are breathtaking and the water features are so cool. Or should I say COLD because that water will cool you to your bones. Great on a hot day though!
Our kids said this was one of their favorite parks and I think I agree with them. We’ll definite be back.
Stay tuned for more State Park Info! We’re down to our top two! Exciting!
Know someone with a great personality but has never gone fishing?!
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Ever been to Cabela’s in Hazlewood, Missouri?
I could spend hours and thousands of dollars in this place! So cool!
Do you like to hike, camp, fish, explore, kayak, sun bathe, swim, frolic with animals and in general just “have fun”?
Well then NASMO is the follow for you.
I have people come up to me literally everyday and say “Stevie Walkabouts, will you please teach me the ways of the wilderness in Missouri State Parks.”
And I say “Yes, my sweet little innocent human. A million times, yes.”
Ok that has never happened but maybe one day.
#4 on our Ultimate List of Top Ten State Parks in Missouri is Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Nothing funny about how beautiful this park is. Ha ha! I was actually laughing there not restating the name of the park. This could get confusing…
Anywho, this park is bad to the bone.
Some fella from KC built a European style castle in the middle of Missouri. Hey dream big.
It was burnt down by a group of people cosplaying as Germanic barbarians who just couldn’t help themselves but that happens.
Ok that last part may be false but no one really knows so hey.
If you like to fish and walk on picturesque trails, this is your spot. So that means this is my spot. I love it.
There isn’t much in the way of camping but this spot is near Lake of the Ozarks State Park which has an abundance of camping.
There’s also this land bridge that may be one of my favorite features of any park in our top ten. I’ll def be back to this majestic mini mountain.
I highly recommend checking this park out even if you’re just doing a little vacay at LOZ. It’s that cool.
Til next time, explore more and stay wild, America.
“Stevie Walkabouts, I couldn’t sleep last night because all I could do was wonder what number 5 would be in your Top Ten State Parks of Missouri list. Please end the insanity.” -Signed Everyone
Well everyone, you’re in luck because you’re staring at pictures of our #5 State Park Elephant Rocks State Park!
What a beauty this one is. It’s truly a one of a kind. Except for it’s multiverse versions but that’s a topic for another day.
Located in the Arcadia Valley region, it’s nestled in among some of the other natural wonders Missouri has to offer.
It gets it name from the giant 1.5 billion year old granite boulders lined up like elephants tail to trunk. Climb upon them and drink in the views as they are truly awe-inspiring. There’s a bunch so keep walking and you’ll keep finding them!
The trails are a bit rugged but there’s one called the Braille Trail that will lead you to an old granite building reminiscent of a structure from “O Brother Where Art Thou”.
When I was out there, there was a high school doing a scavenger hunt of some sort. They were searching for Pokey Man’s which I assume is some sort of prehistoric man species fossil. Education builds dreams is what I always said this one time.
This park is only an hour and a half from where I live in Saint Louis but it is definitely worth the drive. A day spent out there is a day well spent.
Til the next time, remember to explore more and live wild.
We head north for our #6 submission on the Top Ten State Parks in Missouri list.
Cuivre River State Park is right by Troy, MO and it’s a hidden gem amongst the usual Ozarkian haunts. Most of the time it’s a southern trek that will take you to the promise land but not this time, no sirree Bob. Troy is a nice little town with a Casey’s so grab a slice of pie on the way out.
This place is pretty sweet.
If you like fishing or kayaking, there’s tons of room for that. They have rentals right by a lil Missouri Hoosier beach where Midwesterners dream of Destin. “Oh is that a dolphin?!” No it’s a largemouth bass, but close enough.
Camping is abundant with some magnificent views of Lake Lincoln named after the log I assume. They even have 3 yurt type structures.
The trails look like they could be as tough or as easy as you want as the land undulates quite a bit.
One of the coolest features is a spillway where water flows from the lake. It looks like a motivated river, the lazy river’s distant cousin.
Birds were all over and the landscape was stunning.
I’ll definitely be back to this park to explore some more.
State Park Number 6
Stay tuned for a special LIVE reveal of State Park #6 on our Top Ten List later today! Oh I’m excited!
Coming in at lucky number 7 on our Top Ten State Parks list is Hawn State Park.
This one is a top 5 for me. Some of the coolest trails I’ve been on in Missouri. Only about an hour from St. Louis proper, it’s a festival for the eyes.
The trails can be a bit dicey in the areas where the creek flows. Bring waterproof shoes or water shoes depending on weather. It’s an awesome place to bring your pup and you’ll both experience some of the best mother nature has to offer in Missouri. This is a great spot for a couple to go on a lengthy walk to discuss life, art, or the latest season of Ozark. You know, the important stuff.
The facilities aren’t the best here but you’re not far from Farmington, MO if you need any supplies or snacks.
I don’t think there’s much in the way of fishing which is a bummer for me personally but camping is something that could really be neat at our number 7 State Park, Hawn. What a beaut!
Coming in at #8 in the list is Babler State Park.
Located in Wildwood just outside of St. Louis, the crown jewel of this park is the visitor center. Such a cool place for the kids to learn and explore. The staff was insanely helpful and we had fun as a family inside this beautiful state park.
We did a few trails and they were a bit treacherous but safe enough for our 6 year old to safely navigate.
There are some creeks and the Missouri River isn’t far away. A couple good playgrounds and the bathrooms in the visitor center are exquisite.
A great place to go for a short trip if you live in St. Louis.
While I personally like Table Rock and LOZ better, this is this a pretty great place to enjoy the Missouri wild.
Welcome back to the Top Ten State Parks in Missouri list famously referred to as the !
This is one of my personal faves.
This park is HUGE. It’s got fishing, hiking, swimming, a beach, a yurt, beavers, deer, raccoons and camping as far as the eye can see!
It’s #9 on our list….
LAKE OF THE OZARKS STATE PARK! Hooray!
This park would be fantastic for families. Anything you need is within a 20 minute drive and the park features clean bathrooms and playgrounds.
This park is great for the avid fisherperson. It’s the Lake. Duh.
The trails are fantastic and it has one of the best lake beaches I’ve ever been to. Camping here can also give you a good jump off point to experience the rest of what the lake has to offer. You need more info, you just let me know! Catch ya outside!
Have you ever wondered what the Top Ten State Parks in Missouri are?
Ok well let's pretend you think about it all the time; it consumes you.
Well guess what, friend?? I got your Top Ten List right here!
After a long anticipated wait, it's finally time to learn about the in Missouri.
The rankings are based on the internet. Basically I searched other Top Parks lists and compiled them all together in what the experts are calling a "superlist".
To lead us off on our Top Ten State Parks in MO ( ), coming in at #10 is Table Rock Lake State Park! Woo! Congrats, Table Rock Lake State Park. You made the "superlist".
This is the only park on the TTSP list that I've never been to. So I can't tell you about the bathrooms, playgrounds, trails, etc. But what I can do is give you a link to a couple websites that might help you navigate your next trip into the Missouri wild.
https://mostateparks.com/park/table-rock-state-park (pics in post)
While I don't know much about the park, I've been to Table Rock Lake numerous times. I love to fish and camp and there is PLENTY of that around the area. Dogwood Canyon and Bass Pro are just a stones throw away and they're both majestic. You can find anything you want in Branson and Springfield but especially if you're looking for shirts with fringe.
Stay tuned for the rest of the TTSP and actual reviews of parks I've been to!
It’s about that time again!
TOP TEN Missouri State Park Power Rankings coming soon!
What’s your favorite Missouri Park?
Will your favorite make the list??
Nestled in by the Lake of the Ozarks, this park has views that will inspire the imagination. Long ago, a fella from KC thought it would be a good idea to build a European style castle in the middle of Missouri and he was right. It’s up on a bluff overlooking the lake so he picked a pretty good spot.
After re-enacting some scenes from Robin Men in Tights, I sauntered down the trail to the land bridge: a double sided cave that makes you feel prehistoric, like Littlefoot in a land of tree stars. This is a very cool and unique feature.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, there’s a trail that leads down to a spring and nice little fishing hole. Perfect for a meditative walk or to sip a few brews with the boys while getting some poles wet and pulling out a few lunkers.
Bathrooms and trail signage are everywhere. Some of the trails are a bit rugged so it might not be the best for small kids or kids who fake leg injuries on the uphill parts so I can carry them like my kids.
This is a great park to enjoy beautiful sites and learn a little history. Plentiful trails so you can pick your experience level. A lot of them are uphill so note that. There are some good fishing spots and I saw some people catch a couple. I didn’t catch any but I think my rod may be broken or something.
It’s a great place to spend a day but if I was going to camp, I’d head to nearby Lake of the Ozarks State Park.
All in all, this is one of my favorite parks in Missouri.
We’ll be releasing a Top Ten State Parks of Missouri soon so stay tuned for that!
Now I leave you with my favorite quote from one of my favorite fishermen.
“Catch me outside, how bout dat?” -Bill Dance
Got to float to Cedar Hill Park on the Big River this weekend. Peaceful and serene.
Thanks to Mike for the pics.
is one of my favorite places to camp/stay in Missouri. Not far from , it has horses, fishing, kayaks, canoes, a treehouse, cabins, a goat named Wallace, nice bathrooms, a great lit dock, and an awesome lodge that sleeps 20+ people. I took my boys (5 and 11) and a few of their buddies. We stayed in a primitive cabin which was really nice and we had a blast. Can’t wait to go back!
Got to play with one of these last weekend and it was pretty awesome!
We did break it but we were able to duct tape it back together.
I don’t recommend for people who can’t handle bright strobe lights because when it’s coming it hot, it looks like a strobing ufo.
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Big Muddy runoff. Weldon Spring, MO.
Active and eerie down there.
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