Named for its 90 acres of water, Finger Lakes State Park is home to many lakes and ponds left by the mining industry. Coal mining was a mainstay for what once was a small community. Three small cemeteries, fenced and well-cared for, are all the evidence that remains of the miners that inhabited this beautiful area. The trails are fantastic. Finger Lakes State Park has a track that is groomed and maintained, 5 miles of forested trails, and some serious hills to climb. The greenery is lush and the water is plentiful. The park is set up for off-roading, with hikers cordoned off to another neighboring park. The trails and track include many small jumps, berms, and some large jumps as well. While the track is wide open and fully visible, the trails are well-shaded under a canopy of trees. You will encounter several ponds along the way. If you decide to camp there for a few days or more, you can also enjoy fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and even swimming in the beautiful “finger” lakes of the park. Except during the winter season (from November to March) there are RV hookups and a shower house available. If you’re traveling from the Columbia, Missouri area, take I-70 to Exit 127, which takes you to SR-763. Travel north on SR-763 for 3.7 miles. Take the ramp for US-63 North and drive another 4 miles. Finally, turn right onto Peadbody Rd. The park’s main entrance is one mile east on that road. Bring your splash boots and go have some fun!