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Road trip guide: A complete overview for your weekend near the Upper Buffalo National River
The Upper Buffalo Wilderness features soaring bluffs, a natural wild river, dozens of waterfalls and amazing views.
Road trip guide: Echo Bluff is a good winter getaway with chance of seeing wild horses
While the area around Echo Bluff State Park is a popular summer destination, it offers a special charm in the winter, and you are more likely to get a reservation.
Wineries at Lake of the Ozarks are the perfect fall escape
Fall is a great time for a getaway from Springfield to Lake of the Ozarks. Check out these two wineries and a state park to hike.
Hiking Guide: Explore fall colors, geologic wonders at Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area
Looking for scenic trails not far from Springfield, Mo.? Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area has two such trails: Pedestal Rocks Loop and King’s Bluff
Fall road trip guide: From Springfield to Petit Jean State Park
Springfield-area Ozarkers live in the best basecamp location for one-tank getaways less than half a day’s drive from home. For fall, try Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas.
Petit Jean State Park guide: Lodging and dining
Where to stay and eat while staying in Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas
Road trip guide: From Springfield to Elephant Rocks and Johnson’s Shut-Ins
Need a weekend trip that’s a short drive from Springfield, Mo.? Elephant Rocks and Johnson’s Shut-Ins have lots to see and do
Majestic sites at Elephant Rocks State Park worth the visit
Elephant Rocks State Park, about three-and-a-half hours from central Springfield, is a sprawling 131 acres. But its main attraction is the seven-acre natural area with majestic sights and gigantic pink-tinged granite boulders.
Elephant Rocks and Johnson’s Shut-Ins: More to do and places to stay
A weekend trip to Elephant Rocks and Johson’s Shut-Ins will obviously include lots of time admiring the boulders and best-known watering holes. But if you plan a longer weekend, there are plenty of ways to expand your fun.
Johnson’s Shut-Ins: Mother Nature’s water park
Missouri’s most famous natural water park, Johnson’s Shut-Ins is a geologic wonderland nestled in the St. Francois Mountains. While the park attracts thousands each year to play among its rocky water chutes, slides, waterfalls and pools, it has plenty to offer whether you want to get wet or not.
5 scenic Ozarks wonders (almost) anyone can see in a day
While a scenic view after a long hike is certainly rewarding, you don’t always have to work that hard. Numerous gorgeous spots in the Missouri Ozarks can be enjoyed without breaking a sweat.
Five magical waterfalls in Falling Water Creek make fun day trip from Springfield
This scenic spot with five gorgeous waterfalls at Falling Water Creek is the perfect locale for a day trip or weekend trip from Springfield, Mo.
Weekend getaway: Devil’s Den State Park in Arkansas
A guide for travelers interested in planning a weekend getaway to Devil’s Den State Park in Arkansas, just 2.75 hours from Springfield, Missouri.
PHOTOS: Devil’s Den State Park
This gallery is part of our story on Devil’s Den State Park — a state park with ‘heavenly’ views, nearly 3 hours from Springfield.
Close to SGF: Epic waterfalls, swimming at Kings River Falls Trail is perfect weekend getaway
In the middle of not much else, about two-and-a-half hours from Springfield, a river oasis awaits those who love waterfalls, hiking and photography