Missouri State Parks encourages families to enjoy â??Black Fridayâ?? hikes

Missouri State Parks encourages Missourians to get outdoors on Nov. 29 to enjoy an adventure on a trail in Missouri State Parks.

Missouri State Parks includes 87 state parks and historic sites with nearly 1,000 miles of trails to explore.

â??The day after Thanksgiving is a great time to start a family tradition of exploring the outdoors with a hike on a trail,â?? said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. â??Missouri State Parks is also a proud partner of the Governorâ??s 100 Missouri Mile Challenge, and â??Black Fridayâ?? is a great opportunity to get outdoors and log miles on our award-winning trails.â??

To celebrate Missouriâ??s distinction as the â??Best Trails Stateâ?? by American Trails and to encourage Missourians to enjoy the outdoors, Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon are inviting Missourians to join them in completing 100 Missouri Miles of outdoor physical activity by the end of the year.

Click here for more information and to take the Challenge.

More than 12,000 participants have logged more than 1 million miles since 100 Missouri Miles kicked off in June. Participants can run, walk, bike, ride, swim or roll on trails or other outdoor venues to achieve the challenge of 100 Missouri Miles.

From a short walk on a paved trail to a hike through the wilderness, Missouri State Parksâ?? trail system has a lot to offer.

For information about trails in state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.