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HIKING WITH BURTON

Find all the best trails in Missouri!

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HIKING WITH BURTON

Find all the best trails in Missouri!

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Thanks for coming out!

Thank you to everyone who came out to hike with Burton!

We hope you'll make more trips out to your local parks soon!

Download the MO Outdoors App!

The MO Outdoors App helps quickly find:

  • Places close to home for hiking, birdwatch, fishing, camping, or hunting
  • Nearby MDC conservation areas, accesses, nature centers, shooting rangs
  • Easily determine what features and activities are available
  • Navigate to areas and features
  • Learn about area regulations and season information
  • View hours of operation, images, area closings, and maps of area boundaries and features
  • Download maps for offline use
  • Favorite locations so they can be found quickly

Download today on your Android or Apple device!

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HIKING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS!

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How to Prepare

  • Wear comfortable shoes with good ankle support
  • Plan to layer your clothes
  • Pack water and a light snack

What to Bring

  • Camera and binoculars
  • Guides to identify birds, tracks and wildflowers
  • Family and friends

Nature is Healthy

  • Feeling tired? Spending just 20 minutes outside in nature can give your brain an energy boost comparable to a cup of coffee.
  • Spending time in nature, conservation areas, woods and urban parks may ease stress levels.
  • Getting away from busy schedules allows people to connect with nature and themselves in a way that brings calm and a sense of well-being.
  • Taking a nature walk may increase attention spans and creative problem-solving skills by as much as 50 percent.
  • Exposure to nature contributes to physical well-being, reducing blood pressure rate, tension, and the production of stress hormones.
  • Running on a treadmill is a great exercise for improving mental states, but a hike through nature is even better when it comes to fighting common mental health issues like stress and depression.
  • Taking a hike on the slightly uneven surface of a trail provides a natural way to engage the core muscles in your torso and improve your balance skills.
trail-hiking

How to Prepare

  • Wear comfortable shoes with good ankle support
  • Plan to layer your clothes
  • Pack water and a light snack

What to Bring

  • Camera and binoculars
  • Guides to identify birds, tracks and wildflowers
  • Family and friends

Nature is Healthy

  • Feeling tired? Spending just 20 minutes outside in nature can give your brain an energy boost comparable to a cup of coffee.
  • Spending time in nature, conservation areas, woods and urban parks may ease stress levels.
  • Getting away from busy schedules allows people to connect with nature and themselves in a way that brings calm and a sense of well-being.
  • Taking a nature walk may increase attention spans and creative problem-solving skills by as much as 50 percent.
  • Exposure to nature contributes to physical well-being, reducing blood pressure rate, tension, and the production of stress hormones.
  • Running on a treadmill is a great exercise for improving mental states, but a hike through nature is even better when it comes to fighting common mental health issues like stress and depression.
  • Taking a hike on the slightly uneven surface of a trail provides a natural way to engage the core muscles in your torso and improve your balance skills.

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