Follow Leave No Trace Principles while outdoors this fall

With increased visitation at Missouri state parks and historic sites, it’s important for visitors to remember to assist park staff in protecting and preserving the state’s natural and cultural resources.

Missouri State Parks is a proud partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and believes in the stewardship of America’s public lands. 

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization with a mission of protecting the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. 

Park and historic site visitors can help by following these seven principles:

• Plan ahead and prepare. Look for information before heading to a park or historic site by visiting 

Updated daily, the park and site status map is the best source for researching whether the park is open or if there are any temporary closures, what recreational opportunities exist, length of the trails and availability of water and public restrooms.

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