Take a guided hike at Bennett Spring State Park Oct. 17

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Volume 37-372 For Immediate Release: Oct. 8, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Explore the diverse landscape at Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon on a guided interpretive hike to the park's natural tunnel on Saturday, Oct. 17. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel Hike will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Enjoy the crisp air and brilliant colors of fall on this 7.5-mile hike along bluffs, through upland and bottomland forests and woodlands, near glades, streams and open meadows, past caves and to the focal point of this daylong hike -- the Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel. The park's different habitats will be explained and explored along this scenic journey. Participants should bring water, plenty of snacks and a lunch, and wear comfortable hiking shoes. The use of insect repellent is recommended. Those 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The hike will begin at the trailhead near Bennett Spring. This hike is limited to 25 participants, so get your reservations in now. Anyone interested should reserve a spot on the hike by calling the park's nature center at 417-532-3925 or by email at bennett.spring.nature.center@dnr.mo.gov.

For more information, contact the nature center at the number above or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit www.mostateparks.com.