(KPLR) - June is National Trails Month and the weather is shaping up for great hiking in the Show-Me-State. We live in a great state to hike. Missouri recently received a unique national honor. Dan Zarlenga spoke with John Fuller about that, and a special challenge from the Governor.
Q. What honor did Missouri receive?
- Missouri has been named the “Best Trails State” in the U.S. by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization
- American Trails is dedicated to promoting our nation’s hiking, biking, and riding trails
- The award is presented every two years to the state with the most-improved trails
- Conservation pays by giving us a world-class trail system
Q. Tell us about Governor’s challenge.
- Gov. Nixon has issued the “Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge”
- He’s asking all Missourians to complete 100 miles of physical activity in Missouri before the end of 2013
- These miles can include hiking, walking, biking, paddling, or rolling
Q. What are some advantages of hiking?
- Inexpensive activity
- Great way to experience nature and learn about birds and wildlife
- Can be combined with other adventures like geocaching, orienteering, photography
- Excellent exercise to keep fit
Q. Where are some places viewers can meet the Governor’s challenge?
- The Conservation Department maintains more than 700 miles of foot, bicycle and equestrian trails on 136 conservation areas and 10 nature and education centers statewide . . . including many right here in St. Louis area
- Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood for stroller and wheelchair-friendly paved trails
- Weldon Spring Conservation Area in St. Charles has moderately rugged hiking and mountain biking trails ranging from 5 miles to 11
- For a challenging overnight adventure, consider a backpack trip on Buford Mountain Conservation Area in Washington and Iron Counties
Q. What are some important things to consider before going on a hike? (show and demonstrate items)
- Water! Extremely important to make sure you bring enough and drink often
- Proper clothing for the weather, and dress in layers to respond to changing temperatures
- Good footwear for hiking
- Map, compass and GPS
- First aid kit, flashlight or headlamp and cell phone and whistle for emergencies
- Consider using trekking poles or a hiking stick
Q. What’s the best way to find more Conservation Area trails?
- Check our website, www.MDC.mo.gov
- Click the “Conservation Areas” button
Use the Conservation Areas database to search areas by name, location or activity