• Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri,  St. Louis

    Plan a Nature Escape to Missouri’s Babler State Park

    Dr. Edmund Babler State Park, or just Babler as it’s known locally, is a wonderful oasis in a the busy St. Louis suburbs. Over 2,400 acres offer hikes, scenic drives, bike trails, camping, and more. Babler State Park History In 1934, Jacob and Henry Babler presented the state with 88 acres in memory of their brother, Edmund Babler, a prominent St. Louis surgeon who was dedicated to helping the less fortunate. An additional 800 acres of land was quickly added…

  • Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri

    Explore Castle Ruins and Natural Wonders at Ha Ha Tonka State Park

    Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one of the most beautiful and unique state parks in Missouri. The park offers stunning natural beauty with a turquoise blue spring, cave, and natural rock bridge. Visitors can also explore the ruins of a turn of the century stone castle perched on a bluff above Lake of the Ozarks. This is truly a must-see park and great for the whole family. History of Ha Ha Tonka State Park The area around Ha Ha…

  • Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri

    Lake of the Ozarks State Park – Rocky Top Trail

    Lake of the Ozarks State Park is Missouri’s largest state park and is located along the shores of one of the state’s biggest lakes. The park offers many options for adventure and outdoor recreation. First established in the mid-1930s by the National Park Service and turned over to the state in 1946, the park features log buildings and rustic bridges built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. While recently visiting Lake of the Ozarks, we had a wonderful time exploring a…

  • Day Trip,  Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri

    Exploring Sam A. Baker State Park

    Sam A. Baker is a gem of a state park in Missouri. This state park is one of the oldest in Missouri and offers a great mix of lodging, hiking, and water recreation. The Civilian Conservation Corps left its mark on the park in the 1930s and it is evident in the beautiful stone structures found throughout the park. Things to Do at Sam A. Baker State Park Visitor Center The Visitors Center is a great spot to start when…

  • Day Trip,  Hiking,  Kids,  Missouri

    Explore Above and Below Ground at Onondaga Cave State Park

    Missouri is known as the cave state due to the large number of caves that can be found all throughout the area. One of those caves is preserved as a National Natural Landmark at Onondaga Cave State Park. Not only can you take a tour through this interesting and beautiful cave, but the park also offers some great hiking trails and other activities. Onondaga Cave State Park History Early settlers in the Meramec River Valley used the power of natural…