I love state parks, and really, what’s not to love? They’re beautiful, free, a great excuse to get some exercise and fresh air, and a fun way to spend an afternoon. Growing up, I remember visiting several state parks with my family, my favorite being Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Shortly after K and I started dating, we took a road trip to this park. It was just as great as I remember!
Another park that I went to as a child (but don’t really remember) and later returned to as an adult is Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. This is hands down one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in Missouri.
These family trips likely inspired Number 126 on my adventure list – visit 5 state parks that I haven’t been to before within one year. This summer, I have visited two (new to me) state parks in Missouri.
Watkins Mill State Park (June 2016). This was a nice park with lots of space. We enjoyed a long walk on the paved trail. There was a lake beach, but the posted sign said it was not currently safe for swimming due to bacteria levels. We also visited the Watkins Mill Historic Site which was part of the park.
Lewis and Clark State Park (July 2016). It was a small park, but the overlook of the lake was worth the trip. Lots of wildlife around the water. It was interesting that Lewis and Clark were in this exact area on July 4th and that was the same day that we visited.
What’s your favorite state or national park?