Missouri June 06, 2018
Take This Epic Night Hike To See Missouri State Parks Like Never Before
Many of the state parks across Missouri open at dawn and close at dusk. However, this summer many of the state parks are opening up after sunset to show you a whole new side of Missouri. If you love hiking
Missouri State Parks, you’re going to love taking one of the night hikes they’re offering throughout June and July. The first night hike is just around the corner!
If you've always wondered what Missouri State Parks are like after dark, you now have the opportunity to find out! This summer, hikers will have the chance to explore the trails, after dark, at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Louis and Clark State Park, and Crowder State Park.
Each hike will be led by park staff. They will guide you along the trails and help point out nocturnal wildlife along the way.
Each hike is short and fairly easy. However, since it will be dark out they advise you to bring a flashlight to help illuminate the path.
You'll also want to pack bug spray. All three hikes will take you near water where the bugs tend to congregate. Comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes are also recommended.
As you navigate the trails, keep an eye out for frogs, raccoons, opossums, and other night loving creatures.
Park staff will also help you learn the unique calls of various owls that call the park home. You can even learn how to identify the different species based on their calls.
The first night hike of the season will take place at Ha Ha Tonka State Park on June 9th at 8:30 p.m. Visitors will hike Spring Trail and will meet at the lake parking lot prior to the start time.
Each hike offers a unique experience and stunning views of the night sky. You'll see Missouri State Parks in a whole new light after venturing out on one of these epic night hikes.
Ha Ha Tonka State Park can be found at 1491 State Road D, Camdenton, MO 65020. For information about Lewis and Clark State Park hike, click
If you're interested in the Crowder State Park hike, click
Have you taken a night hike at a Missouri State Park? Tell us about your hiking experience in the comments below.
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