Central Standard
2:26 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Pass The Pawpaw: Foraging For Missouri's Banana

The pawpaw fruit continues to ripen, just off the hiking trails at Burr Oak Woods located in Blue Springs, Mo.
Credit KCUR's Gina Kaufmann

You know how sometimes you stumble across a word you've never heard before in your entire life, and then suddenly, the word is everywhere? That happened to me with the pawpaw.

I was born and raised in Missouri, so discovering in my thirties that a random fruit with a made-up-sounding name is considered my state's own banana? That came as a shock (though, to be fair, it's also known as the Indiana banana and the West Virginia banana). 

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Up to Date
10:54 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Take A Hike: KATY Trail Expansion Update

The Katy Trail stretches from Machens, Mo., to Clinton, Mo.
Credit Gvolk / Wikimedia Commons

When the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, known as the KATY, canceled its route from Machens to Sedalia, the railroad’s loss became a gain for hikers and cyclists. The 200 miles of converted rail bed, now known as the KATY Trail, is an economic engine that falls short of reaching Kansas City — but that could be changing.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we find out what’s next for the KATY Trail, and how it might expand. 


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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Trekking The Trails

Christine Byl, author of Dirt Work, has worked in Glacier National Park, Denali National Park and Prince William Sound.

Building bridges, swinging an axe and living in a yurt are all part of normal life for a trail worker at Glacier National Park.

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2:24 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Top 5 Places To Celebrate National Trails Day In Kansas City

Trails aren't only for hiking. Heather Prewitt and Grant Stolte hit the Indian Creek Trail on their bikes.
Credit Chris Prewitt / KCUR

The Kansas City area has had its fair share of rain and clouds these last few weeks, but blue skies and sun are on the way just in time for National Trails Day

In celebration we put together this handy list of some of KC's best hiking trails:

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