Trail Highlight

New trail coordinator brings enthusiasm for trails, outdoors to State Parks

When Ben Nagy joined Missouri State Parks as the division’s trail coordinator in July, he brought with him several years of trails experience and a strong enthusiasm for the outdoors.
October 20, 2019
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Photo of Ben Nagy, a trail coordinator for the department's division of Missouri State Parks.
Ben Nagy joined the department’s division of Missouri State Parks as trail coordinator in July. He plans to apply his experience and enthusiasm for the outdoors toward making trails accessible to everyone.
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MoDNR Photo by Ben Nickelson
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Nagy’s experience includes working as a recreation leader within the Columbia Parks and Recreation trails and biking programs, as well as serving as commissioner for the Show-Me-State Games mountain biking event.

In addition, he is a founding member of the Columbia Missouri Trail Association, a group dedicated to the  development and maintenance of trails in the Columbia area.

As trail coordinator, he is now responsible for providing statewide oversight for the trails of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites. Nagy says that he is passionate about trails because they can be used by almost everyone and do not require any kind of special equipment. “They are a great resource for people to get outside and enjoy,” he said. “A lot of people might not realize they have great trails right in their backyard.”

Nagy loves not only spending as much time as possible outdoors himself, he also enjoys getting others outside – especially those who are not traditional users of parks. “As a member of state parks, I want to help make trails accessible to all people who come and visit the awesome park system we have in Missouri,” he said.

There are more than 1,000 miles of trails in Missouri’s state parks. If you are trying to decide which one you'd like to visit first, access the Trails of Missouri State Parks interactive map at and head to for more information.

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