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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.
At this site, Union troops defeated the pro-south Missouri State Guard in 1861; it was the northernmost Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River. The site features camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing and boating. History tours from one to six hours in duration are available. Guided natural history tours and hikes lasting up to two hours are offered. The site is located 10 miles north of Kahoka.
Bennett Spring is the state’s third-largest spring. The park features; among other activities: trout fishing; lodging; camping; a dining lodge; fly-fishing schools; a nature center; a swimming pool; float trips; hiking trails; a general store; and picnicking.
Bennett Spring is 12 miles west of Lebanon. Fishing hours vary by month. Trout season is March-October; catch and release is allowed at specific times the rest of the year.
A Missouri fishing license and daily trout tag are required to fish. Pets are not allowed in buildings. The park office is closed on state holidays.
Because of major damage caused by flooding of the Missouri River, Big Lake State Park is closed indefinitely.
The 625-acre Oxbow Lake, 11 miles southwest of Mound City, is perfect for fishing. The park offers lodging, camping, dining, a swimming pool, a snack bar, a store and picnicking. It is an ideal area for bird watching, as it lies along a major migratory flyway.
This park, four miles west of Trenton, is dedicated to Gen. Enoch Crowder, founder of the selective service system. It features camping, hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails, an organized group camp, picnic sites and shelters, and a lake for fishing and swimming.
More than 38 miles of hiking, backpacking and equestrian trails wind through this 6,393-acre park. Camping, equestrian camping, a lake for fishing and swimming, picnicking, an organized group camp and a visitor center are features. The park is located three miles east of Troy. Visit the website for park office and visitor center hours.
The park features camping, picnicking, a paved bicycle trail, equestrian and hiking trails, and an accessible group camp. The visitor center offers exhibits and interpretive programs.
This park, 32 miles west of downtown St. Louis, is dedicated to physician and surgeon Dr. Edmund Babler.
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.
Established in honor of Gen. John J. Pershing, the park serves as an example of the original landscape of northern Missouri.
The park's boardwalk and backpack trail wind through a wet prairie. Also enjoy camping, fishing and picnicking.
The park entrance is south of Route 36, approximately five miles outside of Laclede.
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.
Located along the Meramec River, this 1,224-acre park offers camping, picnic sites and shelters, hiking trails and river access for boating and fishing. Birds also flock to this park, making it great for bird watchers.
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.
Off-road vehicle (ORV) riders can zoom across 2,000 acres; one of the largest ORV areas in the Midwest. Camping, equestrian camping, lakes for fishing and swimming, picnicking and hiking, equestrian, backpack and bicycle trails, and a radio-controlled airplane field are features. ORV permits are required to ride in the ORV area.
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.
At an elevation of 1,772 feet, this is the highest point in Missouri. The state's highest wet-weather waterfall, Mina Sauk Falls, is a highlight of this scenic rugged park. Primitive camping, hiking and backpacking trails, an accessible overlook and picnicking are offered. The park is located off Route 21, nine miles southwest of Ironton on Route CC.
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.
The Trail of Tears– the forced relocation of Cherokee Indians from Tennessee to Oklahoma in the 1830s – passed through this area. Exhibits cover the event.
The park offers camping, hiking, equestrian and backpacking trails, a lake, fishing, a swimmimg beach, picnicking and an accessible overlook of the Mississippi River.
Note: The visitor center's hours vary by month; the visitor center is closed December-February.
The Missouria Indians, who gave their name to the state and river, inhabited this area. The park features remnants of the Missouria Indian village that sat at the Great Bend of the Missouri River. A hand-dug earthwork, called the Old Fort, and several burial mounds lie within the park.
Exhibits inside Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center showcase the park's history and the history of American Indians in Missouri.
Picnicking, camping, fishing, and trails, including a boardwalk trail through the park's wetland, are available. The park is located 12 miles northwest of Marshall.
A favorite of fishermen, the park's lakes offer black bass, channel catfish and bluegill. The park features the state's largest natural sand beach, camping, hiking and mountain biking trails, picnicking and rentable recreational trailers. It is a great place for bird watching. The park is located three miles south of La Grange off Route 61.
This heavily wooded park is a favorite of bird watchers and solitude seekers. It features individual and group campsites, hiking trails, fishing, and picnic sites and shelters. Trice-Dedman Memorial Woods, owned by The Nature Conservancy, is nearby. The park is located six miles south of Cameron.
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.
Watkins Mill State Park offers opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The most rugged portion of the land was created by the cutting action of Williams Creek. A 100-acre lake features an accessible fishing dock and a boat-launching area. Bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish are plentiful in the blue waters. The sandy swimming beach is a popular spot on a warm, sunny day, and a changehouse is available nearby.The park offers abundant wildlife and plants. Visitors regularly see white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and other native animals. The bird population is abundant with a wide variety of species, some of which are only seen in northwestern Missouri.
The park contains Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, which features a three-story woolen mill, the only 19th century textile mill in North America with its original machinery still in place. The site is a National Historic Landmark, as well as a National Mechanical Engineering Historic Landmark.
The park is located seven miles east of I-35 on Route 92, then one mile north on Route RA.
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