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It is always a great day for a picnic in the park.
The park offers diverse birding options with over 100 species, including waterfowl and songbirds. Birdwatchers can explore the six-mile Lick Creek Trail or visit Buzzard's Roost Lake for aquatic birds. The park also hosts annual events like the Great Backyard Bird Count in February.
1. Agate Lake Trail: A 0.6-mile loop trail that circles the small but scenic Agate Lake, offering peaceful water views and a chance to spot local wildlife.

2. Whispering Pines Trail:
- North Loop: Approximately 3 miles long, this section of the trail winds through pine forests with moderate elevation changes.
- South Loop: Slightly longer at around 3.75 miles, it connects with the north loop and features diverse terrain including woodlands and glades.

3. Post Oak Trail: This is an easy-to-navigate half-mile loop showcasing Missouri's native post oak trees along with interpretive signs explaining area ecology.

4. Cedar Bluff Nature Trail:
- Full Loop (including spur): Roughly one mile in total length; offers hikers panoramic views from atop limestone bluffs overlooking Mark Twain Lake.
- Main Path without Spur Extension: Shorter option for those looking for a quick hike while still enjoying bluff vistas.

5. Pioneer Forest Interpretative Hike: An educational experience spanning about three-quarters of a mile where visitors can learn about forest management practices used within state parks via informative displays along the path.
Biking enthusiasts can explore the park's six-mile multi-use trail. Be aware, it is shared with hikers and horseback riders.

The terrain varies from flat to moderately steep hills, so caution should be exercised when navigating these trails.

While biking at night isn't prohibited, remember that lighting conditions may affect visibility on certain parts of the path.

For those seeking a leisurely ride or family outing, consider sticking to flatter sections for an easier experience.

Remember always wear helmets while cycling; safety first!

Please note: The weather in Missouri can change quickly - check forecasts before setting out on your bike adventure.

Lastly but importantly! Respect wildlife you encounter along your journey – keep distance and do not feed them.
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. The 18,600-acre Mark Twain Lake is open to all types of boats and there are several boat ramps available throughout the area for easy access. There's also a marina that provides services such as fueling stations, fishing supplies and snack bars. For those who don't own their own watercrafts, pontoon rentals are offered at the lake during summer months.
1. Mark Twain State Park offers a public beach for swimming on the shores of Mark Twain Lake.
2. The sandy beach is open from sunrise to sunset, providing ample time for swimmers.
3. Lifeguards are not provided at this location; visitors swim at their own risk.
4. Swimming outside designated areas and after hours is strictly prohibited in the park.
5. Visitors can also enjoy boating or fishing activities besides swimming in the lake area.

The park offers fishing in two main areas: Mark Twain Lake and Lick Creek. Anglers can catch crappie, catfish, bass and sunfish here. The lake is stocked with walleye for added variety. Fishing from the shore or a boat are both popular options.