Description - Missouri's state park system, which on four occasions has been ranked as one of the top four state park systems in the nation, contains 83 state parks and historic sites plus the Roger The system includes homes of famous Missourians, Civil War battlefields; and reminders of yesterday such as gristmills and covered bridges. The state's most outstanding landscapes are preserved here for everyone's enjoyment - deep forests, glades, prairies and blue streams and lakes.
Pryor Pioneer Backcountry.
- To help visitors enjoy their stay, the system offers 1,500 structures, 3,700 campsites, 194 cabins, almost 2,000 picnic sites, and 840 miles of trail. These trails include opportunities for hikers, backpackers, bicycle riders, off-road vehicle users and horseback riders. The system boasts the longest developed rails-to-trail project in the nation - the 225-mile Katy Trail State Park. The system is managed by around 650 full-time employees and approximately 100 seasonal employees.
Recreation - A wide variety of recreation is offered in the parks. About 17 million people visit the system annually to hike, camp, fish, discover the past and explore nature.
Climate - Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.
Directions and maps are included with the individual park descriptions on the wildernet.com pages describing the park.