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State Parks in winter

The leaves are down, the skies occasionally gray. But it's some of the best hiking time in Missouri State Parks. and some of the best time just to, well, be. 

The ticks are gone. The bugs are gone. And with the leaves off the trees, there are some breathtaking overlooks.

Colder weather usually means fewer people.  So we put together a video showing what winter in state parks is all about. You can find it here. 

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Winter in state parks

Getting ready to grill this weekend

It's summertime. And whether you're grilling in one of our campgrounds or at one of our shelters, you deserve a good meal. Here's a recipe that one of our social media folks uses.

It takes about 10 minutes to prep, but three days to marinate. And for you folks out there who are interested in food history, this is similar to chicken speidie, a marinated chicken found in a few counties of upstate New York. Don't worry though; it grills up just fine in the Show Me State. 

4 chicken breasts, diced into 1” cubes.

Wet ingredients

1/3 cup corn oil

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What's on the grill?

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Where's a great, not-so-challenging place to hike if I live in Rolla?

Last week, Carrie Bellue asked us this on our Facebook page:I'm in south central missouri near rolla, and new to the state. I love nature but don't know where to start exploring. I'm in my 50s so I'm NOT looking for a backpack trip or anything too strenuous. Give me a day trip assignment...where's a good place to begin????

We asked some of the folks who adminster parks in that area for their very best recommendation. Here's what they came up with: Montauk State Park, which is about 50 miles from Rolla has a nice 1/2 mile

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Picture perfect: Tips to get the best wildlife photography in Missouri's State Parks

Kerry Hays, a park and historic site specialist at Roaring River State Park in Cassville, spends a lot of time behind a camera. Whether it's shooting pictures of events at the park, doing work on his own or capturing some of the signature bald eagle photos at Missouri's state parks, Hays has spent a lot of time with cold feet and a camera bag strapped around his waist.How did Hays get those great winter bird pictures?"I
used a Nikon D300 with a Tokina 70-400mm lens at 400mm.  The camera was

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Get the perfect wildlife picture at Missouri's state parks
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