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This park, straddling the lush valley of the Meramec River, is an excellent location for canoeing and fishing. The park has hiking and mountain-biking trails for all skill levels–it is one of the best mountain-biking locations in the St. Louis area.
Open for day use only, the park features picnic sites and shelters, a boat ramp and hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails.
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.
A trail leads to the point where the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers meet. Interpretive panels focus on the rivers and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The park's location is great for bird watching. Flooding occaisionally causes closure of the park. Check the website prior to your visit.
This building housed Missouri's first state government from 1821 until 1826, before Jefferson City became the capital. Governmental chambers, a residence, the governor's office and a dry goods store have been restored. Exhibits and tours are available. The visitor center is free. Tours: $4; ages 6-12, $2.50; younger than 6, free.
Katy Trail State Park is the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S. The flat, 237.7-mile trail is open for hiking, running, walking, and bicycling through Missouri countryside.
Many wineries, restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, motels, campgrounds and shopping opportunities are located along its length. More than half of the eastern section of the trail follows the Missouri River; after leaving the river, the trail meanders through peaceful farmland and small-town Missouri.
Horseback riding is allowed on the 34.7-mile section between Calhoun and the Sedalia Fairgrounds; also on the 15.3-mile stretch between Tebbetts and Portland.
Motorized vehicles and equipment are prohibited. Electrically assisted, pedal-powered bicycles/tricycles (maximum speed of 20 mph), as well as electrically powered mobility devices for persons with disabilities, such as motorized wheelchairs and scooters, are allowed. No hunting or firearms allowed.
(The map shown on this listing is the location of the Jefferson City trailhead only.)
Main trailheads, listed from west to east:
*Clinton *Calhoun *Windsor *Green Ridge *Sedalia *Clifton City *Pilot Grove *Boonville *New Franklin *Rocheport *McBaine *Hartsburg *North Jefferson City *Tebbetts *Mokane *Portland *McKittrick *Treloar *Marthasville *Dutzow *Augusta *Matson *Weldon Springs *Green Bottom *St. Charles *Machens
Site excavations have established that Paleo-Indians hunted the American mastodon here during the ice age. The site is the home of the Kimmswick Bone Bed, one of the most famous and extensive Pleistocene ice age deposits of fossils, including a number of bones of giant mastodons.
The museum displays artifacts, fossils and a replica of a mastodon skeleton, and outlines the story of the Clovis culture, which existed in the area between 10,000 and 14,000 years ago.
Open for day use, the site offers picnicking and hiking.
Museum admission: $4, ages 6-12 $2.50, younger than 6, free. Grounds are free.
Located 20 miles south of St. Louis, off I-55, at exit 186.
This day-use park features a small section of old Route 66 and a visitor center with Route 66 and Times Beach exhibits. It provides Meramec River access, picnic areas and shelters, and trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding.
Please note the Visitor Center at this park is closed from Dec. 16-March 31.
This 1887 covered bridge is approximately 76 feet long and is one of four remaining in Missouri. Its red barnlike appearance provides an attractive setting for photographers and artists. The site includes interpretive displays on the history of Missouri's covered bridges. A picnic area is available. From Route 21, go east on Goldman Road, then south on Old Lemay Ferry Road.
Tour the modest flat where Scott Joplin wrote his famous ragtime classics The Entertainer, Easy Winners and others. The apartment is lit by gaslight. It contains 1902 furnishings. An antique player piano fills the home with The King of Ragtime's unique music. The New Rosebud Cafe is a reconstructed bar and gaming club that once operated in the area. It can be reserved for private functions. Tours of the home: $4; ages 6-12, $2.50; younger than 6 is free.
Please note this state historic site is closed from November through January.
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.
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