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The Santa Fe Trail crossed the Missouri River here. Landmarks include artist George Caleb Bingham's house, the circa 1834 Huston Tavern, a one-room jail, a visitor center museum, camping, hiking trails and picnicking. The Huston Tavern offers dining in an 1860s atmosphere. Arrow Rock is 13 miles north of I-70.
Scenic lakeside coves offer irresistible fishing and picnicking spots at this park, bordering Wappapello Lake. Campgrounds, cabins, camper cabins, nature programs, hiking, backpacking, equestrian and mountain biking trails, boat ramps and a beach highlight the park. The park is 16 miles north of Poplar Bluff.
This park features water recreation on the 2,430-acre Long Branch Lake, which has an excellent reputation for bass fishing. Facilities include: a swimming beach; trails; camp sites; an ADA accessible fishing dock; a camp store; boat slips; picnic sites; and shelters.
This State Park is located two miles west of Macon, off of Route 36.
Meramec State Park, located along the Meramec River, is a favorite with canoeists and fishermen. It features a store/grill, a visitor center, hiking and backpacking trails, cabins, a motel with a conference center, canoe and raft rentals and camping.
There are more than 40 caves in the park; guided tours are given of Fisher Cave.
The park is four miles outside of Sullivan, on Route 185. From I-44, take exit 226 to Route 185 south; travel three miles to the park entrance.
Please note: Some driving directions found online and on GPS systems may provide inaccurate information. Please use the directions above, or get driving directions on the park's website.
The seven springs within Montauk State Park form the headwaters of the Current River. Regular stocking of rainbow trout provides excellent fishing. Trout fishing season runs from March-Oct. 31. The park, 21 miles southwest of Salem, features an old gristmill, campgrounds, cabins, a new fourplex, a motel, a dining lodge, hiking and picnicking.
Located along the 7,800-acre Pomme de Terre Lake, this park offers lots of solitude and sunshine. The park has two areas, near Hermitage and Pittsburg, with campsites, beaches, boat ramps, a marina, trails and picnic sites and a shelter.
Pomme de Terre Lake is an anglers dream; this is the spot for those seeking trophy muskie. No other freshwater fish offers the combination of size, strength, ferociousness, and "big game" appeal than the muskie.
Trout fishermen flock to the rugged and scenic Roaring River State Park. The park offers trails, camping, cabins, a swimming pool, a nature center, picnic sites and shelters, and dining. The Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center echoes the park's rustic atmosphere.
Please note, the Nature Center at Roaring River State Park is closed Mondays and Tuesdays from March 1 through the Tuesday before Memoral Day, and Mondays after Labor Day through Oct. 31.
The St. Francois Mountains provide the backdrop for this scenic park. Great for families, it offers fishing, float trips, nature programs, camping (including equestrian), dining, cabins, hiking, backpacking and horse trails, a bicycle trail, picnicking and a stream for splashing.
Stockton State Park overlooks Stockton Lake. A steady breeze across the Springfield plateau makes this park a favorite among sailing enthusiasts. It offers camping, camper and duplex cabins, picnic sites and shelters, dining, a marina, a beach and fishing.
Visitors to Branson can make their headquarters at this park, located along Table Rock Lake. The park features a marina, scuba diving, fishing, a boat ramp, camping, a paved walking and bicycle trail, and picnic sites and a shelter. It is located five miles west of Branson.
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