General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site

Informational meeting regarding General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home and Locust Creek Covered Bridge set for November 10

An informational meeting will be held regarding the General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home and Locust Creek Covered Bridge state historic sites. Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to the meeting at the Pershing Memorial Museum and Leadership Archives Building in Laclede on November 10, 2021, at 7 p.m. The public can share […]

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson

Governor and First Lady Parson to host fourth annual Parson Family Fall Festival and trick-or-treating events

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson announced that the fourth annual Parson Family Fall Festival and Trick-or-Treating events will be held at the People’s House on Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The combined events will take place on the Governor’s Mansion lawn and feature several vendors, children’s activities, […]

Crowder State Park

Crowder State Park to host guided hikes on October 23 and October 30

Park staff members at Crowder State Park invite the public to the campground amphitheater at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 23, 2021, for a guided 2-mile hike on Redbud Trail. Park staff will discuss plants, trees, and animals along the way. Redbud Trail is a moderately rugged trail that allows visitors to cross several dry creek […]

Fall Color at Crowder State Park

Find the best places to see fall foliage with Missouri Department of Conservation’s fall color forecast

Missouri is blessed with a variety of trees, shrubs, and vines that make the fall season come alive with color. You can find the best places to view the changing foliage using the Missouri Department of Conservation’s fall color report at this link. “Our fall color report is updated weekly from MDC foresters all over […]

Missouri State Capitol

Parson’s rationale for removing LGTBQ exhibit from Missouri Capitol called into question

(Missouri Independent) – Fireworks, this week over the sudden removal of an LGBTQ history exhibit from the museum in the Missouri Capitol caught the attention of John Cunning.  For 24 years before he retired in 2018, Cunning oversaw the museum as part of his job at Missouri State Parks.  So when he read Gov. Mike […]

Missouri State Parks

Three Missouri State Parks to hold public meetings on Saturday, August 14

Missouri State Parks near Laclede, Macon, and Kirksville have public information meetings coming up on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Pershing State Park along Highway 130 in Linn County has a 7 o’clock meeting that night in the campground amphitheater. Long Branch State Park in Macon county has a 4 o’clock meeting at the north shelter […]

Thousand Hills State Park Sign

Public meeting at Thousand Hills State Park near Kirksville set for August 14

Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to attend an informational meeting at Thousand Hills State Park near Kirksville on August 14, 2021. The meeting will begin at 1 o’clock at the Point Shelter House. When entering Thousand Hills State Park from Highway 157, turn right onto Big Loop Trail Road at the park […]

Crowder State Park

Crowder State Park hosts public information meeting July 10

Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to attend an informational meeting at Crowder State Park on Saturday, July 10. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Campground Amphitheater.  The public is invited to share comments and ask questions about the park and its operations. Representatives from the park will be present […]

Crowder State Park

Crowder State Park opens campgrounds as the “On-Season” begins

The on-season begins April 15th at Crowder State Park west of Trenton. The campground shower house and lake restroom have been opened. April 15th is also the first day of camping reservations at Crowder. Reservations can be made one day to 12 months in advance by calling 1-877-422-6766 or going to the Crowder State Park […]

Remains Found Graphic

Audio: Columbia police expect an ID this week on remains found in a central Missouri state park

Columbia police expect human remains found at Rock Bridge State Park to be identified this week.     Investigators in central Missouri think those remains belong to missing Columbia woman Mengqi Ji, but the Boone-Callaway County Medical Examiner’s Office will have to confirm the ID. A forensic odontologist is working with a local forensic anthropologist […]

Remains Found Graphic

Audio: Human remains believed to be Mengqi Ji discovered in Missouri’s Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Human remains believed to be those of a missing Columbia woman have been found in a mid-Missouri state park.      Columbia resident Mengqi Ji has been missing since October 2019, and authorities have searched a river near Boonville for her remains several times. During a Thursday evening press conference, Columbia Police announced that a […]

Missouri State Parks

Missouri state parks and historic sites prepare for 2021 camping season

Missouri state park and historic site campgrounds are preparing for the 2021 camping season, which typically begins April 1. On-season begins earlier at some campgrounds than others. Visit mostateparks.com/activity/camping for opening dates at specific campgrounds. To help guarantee a safe and enjoyable camping experience, the following new and updated procedures have been implemented. To ensure […]

Crowder State Park

Crowder State Park cancels Winter Hike Challenge due to COVID-19

Crowder State Park reports it is not holding the Winter Hike Challenge originally scheduled from December 18th through 27th. The cancellation is due to COVID-19. The staff of Crowder State Park and other Missouri State Parks also will not offer guided hikes on January 1st as usual. Instead, Missouri State Parks invites the public to […]

Antlered Deer in the forest

Nine Missouri state parks to temporarily close for managed deer hunts

To safely and effectively manage the deer population in some state parks, managed deer hunts are held in a coordinated effort between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of State Parks and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The following parks may be temporarily closed on the specified dates listed below. Bennett Spring State Park […]

Pershing State Park

John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site and Locust Creek Covered Bridge host public meeting November 18

Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to attend an informational meeting about the Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site and Locust Creek Covered Bridge on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Pershing Memorial Museum and Leadership Archives building located at 905 Ausmus St. in Laclede. […]

Princeton Ball Field proposed layout

City of Princeton, PBA, & Princeton R-V await final approval of $250,000 Land, Water, & Conservation Fund grant

During the Spring of 2019, not long after the groundbreaking ceremony for the new ball fields, the City of Princeton with the support of the Princeton R-V School District and the Princeton Ball Association applied for the Federal Land, Water, and Conservation Fund Grant that is administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Created […]

Parson Family Fall Festival 2020

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson to host third annual Parson Family Fall Festival

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson announced that the third annual Parson Family Fall Festival will be held at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion on Saturday, October 3, 2020, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The outdoor event will feature several vendors, children’s activities, and bluegrass musical entertainment. “We look forward to hosting our […]