Missouri State Park Rangers

  • Agency: Missouri State Park Rangers
  • Address: Missouri State Parks, Jefferson City, 65102 MO
  • Chief:
Phone: 573-751-8883

Missouri State Park Rangers is located at Missouri State Parks, Jefferson City, 65102 MO. The Missouri State Park Rangers phone number is 573-751-8883.

Missouri State Park Rangers News

Congratulations to Katy Trail State Park for getting 2nd place Great Places People’s Choice contest. Thank you to all who voted! http://ow.ly/lbgi30mwXCc

You probably don't recognize this imposing fellow, but he was one of Missouri’s governors. Governor B. Gratz Brown was quite a character and his career had many ups and downs. When he fell out of favor with voters, he retired to Southeast Missouri and rented a pink granite quarry. He built himself a house out of pink granite and even had the granite all over the backyard. You can visit the Governor’s pink granite at what is now known as Elephant Rocks State Park. Hike the trails, see the quarries and scamper over the boulders Elephant Rocks State Park is open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., April through October. Winter hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., November through March. The park is located in Iron County, on Highway 21, four miles north of Pilot Knob. For more information, call the park at 573-546-3454 or visit https://mostateparks.com/park/elephant-rocks-state-park.

On this day in 2013, Echo Bluff State Park joined Missouri State Parks. More than 85 years ago, this area opened as Camp Zoe, a summer youth camp that provided outdoor experiences and life-long memories for thousands of young people. Today, Echo Bluff State Park is a year-round outdoor destination that allows visitors to create new memories as they experience all the Ozarks have to offer. Visitors of all ages can fill their days with floating, hiking, swimming or fishing. While the park has a spectacular natural setting, the modern amenities enhance the experience and make it welcoming for everyone. An impressive, iconic lodge features guest rooms, indoor and outdoor casual dining and meeting rooms. Nine full-service cabins with 13 units are a great option for families and groups. Camping opportunities range from primitive to full-service campsites. The bluff-top shelter is perfect for special events and an amphitheater for smaller events offers a dramatic natural backdrop. The park also offers hiking and mountain biking trails. Learn more about this park by visiting https://mostateparks.com/park/echo-bluff-state-park. Echo Bluff State Park is located 25 miles south of Salem and 14 miles north of Eminence on Highway 19.

Katy Trail State Park advisory: Until further notice, extreme caution is advised for trail users east of the St. Charles trailhead starting at Ameristar Blvd., approximate milepost 39.1, to just west of the Family Area, approx. milepost 36.7. Multiple dump trucks and heavy equipment will be frequenting this 2.4-mile section of the Katy Trail hauling and spreading rock. Please be aware of your surroundings.

Congratulations Karen Collins and thank you for sharing your photo of Cuivre River State Park for all enjoy.

Deutschheim State Historic Site is still showcasing its fall colors. Follow them on Facebook to get updates and events happening at the historic site.

Stunning! Thank you for sharing this amazing view of Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Learn more about this park by visiting MoStateParks.com.

We are loving the beautiful display of fall foliage that’s finally on full display! The warmer temperatures in October delayed the trees from changing colors. Be sure to step outdoors this weekend and experience the palette of tawny hues of orange, red and yellow before they are gone. Photo of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, located in southeast Missouri.

Ever wonder what a grist mill was? Merely a place to have wheat or corn ground into flour or cornmeal? Or was it more? For Burfordville, Bollinger Mill was the heart of the community. Businesses and homes grew up around the mill. The Burfordville covered bridge came into existence because of how important the mill was. People viewed the mill as a gathering spot and patrons often caught up on local gossip while waiting for their flour or cornmeal to be made. The Bollinger Mill was active from 1867-1953. When the mill closed in the early 1950s, people began moving away and the mill lost its role as the heart of the community. That all changed in 1967, when the mill became part of the Missouri State Park system. Now it is a gathering spot once more for visitors. To find out more go to https://mostateparks.com/park/bollinger-mill-state-historic-site.

On this day in 1982, Long Branch State Park joined Missouri State Parks. The park preserves some of the last savanna and prairie remnants in the Chariton River Hills. Trails through the Chariton River Hills Natural Area provide a good way for hikers to see colorful prairie wildflowers and a variety of birds, including red-headed woodpeckers, brown thrashers and indigo buntings. The park's three boat ramps provide access to sprawling and picturesque Long Branch Lake. The park is a popular spot for swimming and boating during the summer months. The park is a perfect place for overnight stays in the modern campground. Learn more about this park by visiting https://mostateparks.com/park/long-branch-state-park. The park is located in north Missouri at 26815 Visitor Center Road in Macon.

Mark Twain SP will be closed for a managed deer hunt Nov. 3 through Nov. 4th. The campground will remain open but all other areas of the park will be closed. ow.ly/ex0b30mrCqJ

First Missouri State Capitol SHS particpated in the St. Charles Legends and Lanterns' 2018 Scarecrow Glen. Entitled "Adeline Peck helps little Jane Harriet," the sculpture represents two of the people who lived here during the span when the capitol of Missouri was in St. Charles. While the newly-elected senators, representatives and governor took care of state buisiness of the second level of the three row buildings on Main St., the main level continued to serve as residences and businesses. Two of the residents who lived there during this time were Adeline and Jane. Perhaps on cool October days, Adeline and her children would play in the backyard and their laughter would travel on the fresh, autumn breeze through the open window to where the men sat forming our state. Today, First Missouri State Capitol SHS provides daily tours of these buildings. We offer a glimpse into the life of everyday people as well as a brief history of Missouri state government.

Great things are happening @ our parks & sites! See before & after pictures of window restoration @ Bollinger Mill SHS. Most of the windows have already gone through this very arduous restoration process. With a restoration project you try to save as much of the original parts on the window sashes and frames as possible. We have been preforming complete paint removal, repair work with a 2-part epoxy resin system, replacement of only what is completely gone, replacing any missing or broke glass, re-glazing, and finishing with two coats of primer and two coats of paint. Stay tuned for more progress of our parks and sites!

We are resurfacing a section of the Katy Trail in St. Charles. Crews have been grading it, rolling it, dragging it and rolling it over and over and over. It is a process that takes time. Time and water will help firm the trail back up. Be careful of soft spots during the resurfacing process.

Yesterday we celebrated Roy Heimbeaugh's 35 years of dedicated service with Missouri State Parks. Congratulations on retirement! You will be missed.

Don't forget tonight's meeting in Owensville to discuss the Rock Island Line Corridor from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Scenic Regional Library, 503 S. Olive St. Based upon the information provided by Missouri State Parks, the public can submit comments to ow.ly/LnE030mpxTs from Oct. 29 - Nov. 30, 2018.

Thank you for the votes! Keep voting until Nov. 2 to select Katy Trail State Park as the People’s Choice winner of America’s Greatest Places. FYI - voting is unlimited. 😉

“Normality is a paved road; it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.” - Vincent Van Gogh #MotivationalMonday We have paved roads and flowers within Missouri State Parks so that you may enjoy it all. Learn more at MoStateParks.com. Photo of Crowder State Park, 76 NW Highway 128, Trenton.

On this day in 2013, Don Robinson State Park joined Missouri State Parks. Inside the quiet shady sanctuary of the park, it’s hard to believe that the bustling metropolitan area of St. Louis is not far away. Its wooded hillsides buffer any outside noise and its interesting sandstone canyons make it easy to forget there is a world outside. Don Robinson State Park is located south of Eureka. From Interstate 44 in Eureka, visitors should head south on Highway 109, turn right on Highway F, left on Highway FF (it becomes Lynch Road once it reaches Jefferson County), right on Byrnesville Road and then right into the park. Learn more about this park by visiting https://mostateparks.com/park/don-robinson-state-park

When you enter the Hunter-Dawson home in New Madrid, one of the first things that catches your eye is the hall tree. This “tree” functioned like a coat rack in the Victorian home. Coats, hats, walking sticks and other items were placed on the hall tree. The silver tray served another purpose. Visitors placed their calling cards on the tray to express their reason for visiting. Amanda Hunter purchased the hall tree for $40 in 1860. It would have served many guests from the mid-1800s all the way to the 1950s. Come see the hall tree and other items from the Victorian era at Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site or visit https://mostateparks.com/park/hunter-dawson-state-historic-site.

Don't forget to vote for Katy Trail State Park to be the Greatest Place in America: People's Choice! Vote for Katy Trail State Park to be awarded this national designation by Nov. 2. Vote as many times as you want! For more information and to vote for Katy Trail State Park, go to https://bit.ly/1GuGJtz .

DYK what a hair wreath is? It is the 1800s version of a photo album. A hair wreath is a wreath made of hair to show family history. For each major event, a snip of hair would be taken by someone in the family and woven into a design and added to the wreath. On the back of the wreath's frame, people would keep written record of the events corresponding to the matching hair design. Go to the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site to see a hair wreath in the Anderson home. Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” — Linda Hogan #MotivationalMonday Enjoy nature’s story in Missouri State Parks. Find a state park or historic site near you, visit MoStateParks.com. Scenic overlook at Trail of Tears State Park, Jackson, located in Southeast Missouri.

Did you know that the first battle in which African-American soldiers engaged in combat during the Civil War took place right here in Missouri? Join us this Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site near Butler. Learn more about this nationally significant battle that took place in Missouri. The commemoration event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature stage performances, a living history area, a showing of the Emmy-award winning documentary about the battle and Civil-War era demonstrators. See you there!