MDC Celebrates National Trails Day With a Book Sale

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Through June 30, you can get a 20-percent discount on a book with everything you need to hike dozens of trails on conservation areas statewide.

JEFFERSON CITY-June 7 is National Trails Day, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a bargain on a book to help Missourians find and enjoy more than 700 miles of hiking, biking, disabled-accessible and equestrian trails on conservation areas.

MDC Recreation Specialist Teresa Kight has compiled the third edition of the agency’s popular Conservation Trails. The 102-page, knapsack-sized book is jammed with improved maps, facility information, points of historical and geological interest and details about flora and fauna that hikers will encounter on trails at 40 conservation areas.

“This book should appeal to anyone who likes to hike, bike or ride horseback,” said Kight. “Even for those who have never been to a Conservation area, taking a walk or ride on some of the featured trails can serve as a great introduction to the variety of landscapes and habitats across the state.”

Locator maps help hikers find their way to areas, which are grouped by region. Detailed trail maps show the layout of 98 trails ranging from 0.1 to 20 miles and from level, paved paths to natural-surface trails traversing rugged terrain. There is even a section on trail tips, tools and rules, plus contact information in case you have questions about a particular area.

Conservation Trails normally costs $5. However, until June 30 it is available for $4 plus shipping and handling and sales tax (where applicable). To order, call toll free 877-521-8632 or e-mail pubstaff [at] mdc [dot] mo [dot] gov. This and other MDC books also are available at