Here Are 13 Spots In Missouri You Must Explore This Winter

Even though the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the air is colder, Missouri is still a state filled with natural beauty. For many of us, we may have to wait for all the rain to stop and the floods to dry a bit, but then we are sure to have the opportunity to take advantage of a mild winter and go exploring. When the sun peeps out and we need a cure for cabin fever, there are lots of destinations that are just perfect. Here are a few of the best things to do in Missouri in the winter to consider…

Winter in Missouri still gives us plenty of outdoor adventures. In addition to these mentioned, there are many other state parks, conservation areas, and city parks to choose from, you just have to go out and wander. What are some other places you like to explore during the beautiful Missouri winter months? Share your best-kept secret spots in the comments.

Address: Tower Grove Park, 4257 Northeast Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
Address: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area, Turney, MO 64493, USA
Address: Bonnots Mill Access, Bonnots Mill, MO 65016, USA
Address: Runge Nature Center, 330 Commerce Dr, Jefferson City, MO 65109, USA
Address: Duck Creek Conservation Area, Puxico, MO 63960, USA
Address: Brickyard Hill Conservation Area, Atchison County, MO
Address: Katy Trail State Park, McKittrick, MO 65041, USA
Address: Ha Ha Tonka State Park, 1491 Missouri D, Camdenton, MO 65020, USA
Address: Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, Hwy. CC, Middle Brook, MO 63656, USA
Address: Elephant Rocks State Park, 7390, 7406 MO-21, Belleview, MO 63623, USA
Address: Alley Spring & Mill, Eminence, MO 65466, USA
Address: Mark Twain National Forest, Birch Tree Township, MO 65438, USA
Address: Hawn State Park, 12096 Park Dr #8121, New Offenburg, MO 63670, USA

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Things to do in Missouri in winter

November 18, 2022

Where can you go winter camping in Missouri?

 

Missouri offers a number of wonderful winter camping spots. Here are a few you can put on your winter camping bucket list:

1. Castlewood State Park: Ballwin, MO. With eight hiking trails to choose from that take you through the winter wonderlands of Missouri, this is a top choice for winter camping. With beautiful views of the Meramec River as ice crystals tease the slower-moving sections, Castlewood is just as pretty in the winter.

2. Mark Twain State Park: Monroe County, MO. Yes that Mark Twain. This beautiful state park was named after the author who was born in the area. With Mark Twain Lake freezing over in a hard winter it creates a whole new landscape to appreciate during your winter camping trip.

3. St. Joe State Park: St. Francois County, MO. If you love to hit the open winter trails with your off-road vehicle or snowmobile this is the park for you. Fifty-four miles of trails are open to ORV recreation. There is also some amazing winter fishing on the Roaring River.

4. Rock Bridge Memorial State Park: Boone County, MO. A great site for skiing, snowshoeing, and winter hiking. With creeks for fishing, cool caves to explore, and beautiful snow-covered forests to wander in winter is a whole new magical experience at Rock Bridge.

5. Big Lake State Park: Holt County, MO. This smaller, 400-acre state park is filled with a diverse population of bird species making it a wonderful destination for bird enthusiasts. Can you spot all 230 species of birds? Snow geese, the cackling goose, the greater white-fronted goose, and Ross’s goose are especially popular in the winter months. Of course, you will also see the majestic Bald Eagle by the dozens with typically hundreds spotted each year.

Where can you camp for free in MO?

 

There are a number of places you can camp for free in Missouri with a tent or even an RV. Usually in primitive campgrounds, but some of them are very nice considering there is no fee to camp. Here are a few to get you started.

  • Dockery Park.
  • Berryman Campground.
  • Thomas Hill Reservoir.
  • Rochester Falls Access
  • Hurricane Access Area Primitive Camping.
  • Hunnewell Lake Conservation Area.
  • Whetstone Creek Conservation Area.
  • Grand Trace State Forest.
  • Happy Holler Conservation Area.
Address: Tower Grove Park, 4257 Northeast Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
Address: Ronald and Maude Hartell Conservation Area, Turney, MO 64493, USA
Address: Bonnots Mill Access, Bonnots Mill, MO 65016, USA
Address: Runge Nature Center, 330 Commerce Dr, Jefferson City, MO 65109, USA
Address: Duck Creek Conservation Area, Puxico, MO 63960, USA
Address: Brickyard Hill Conservation Area, Atchison County, MO
Address: Katy Trail State Park, McKittrick, MO 65041, USA
Address: Ha Ha Tonka State Park, 1491 Missouri D, Camdenton, MO 65020, USA
Address: Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, Hwy. CC, Middle Brook, MO 63656, USA
Address: Elephant Rocks State Park, 7390, 7406 MO-21, Belleview, MO 63623, USA
Address: Alley Spring & Mill, Eminence, MO 65466, USA
Address: Mark Twain National Forest, Birch Tree Township, MO 65438, USA
Address: Hawn State Park, 12096 Park Dr #8121, New Offenburg, MO 63670, USA

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