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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.
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.
Thousand Hills State Park includes American Indian rock carvings (petroglyphs) more than 1,500 years old; they are listed on National Register of Historic Places.
The park features Forrest Lake, with 17 miles of shoreline; a beach; a marina; boat/kayak/canoe rentals; a boat ramp; fishing; campsites; hiking; mountain biking; backpacking trails; picnic areas; and cabins. The park is two miles west of Kirksville, off Route 6.
Petroglyphs (rock carvings) left by prehistoric Indians are preserved in this park. Other features include canoeing and fishing on Big River, campsites, cabins, a swimming pool, hiking and backpacking trails, and picnic sites and shelters.
U.S. 63 Itinerary Part I
Take a trip from the northern section of Missouri to its southern border on this scenic route.
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