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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.
Missouri's largest state park has 89 miles of shoreline, two swimming beaches, boat-launching areas, marinas, campgrounds, camper cabins, a yurt, hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails, tours of Ozark Caverns, trail rides and organized group camps.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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