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Celebrate the beginning of 2015 by taking a guided hike in a Missouri state park. Start a new tradition with your friends and family as you get some healthy exercise and enjoy the great outdoors.
There are 41 First Day Hikes from which to choose. Visit the website for details, meeting location and schedules at specific parks.
Note: The address shown above is for the Missouri State Parks headquarters in Jefferson City. Hikes are scheduled in locations throughout the state.
First Day Hikes are promoted by America’s State Parks. Join hikers from all 50 states. For details, visit americasstateparks.org.
History, legend and spectacular cave scenes come alive in our sixth annual Nighttime Lantern Tours. Embark on an 80-minute, guided tour of the caverns, by the light of hand-held lanterns.
Hear stories of determination, bravery, and exploration as characters recount their personal experiences of the caverns.
Visit our website or call for reservations. Tickets $25; ages 5-11, $12; younger than 5, free.
Offered on specified dates only. Space is limited.
The Lesters and Friends present the Easter Pagent with song, in the ballroom at Meramec Caverns.
We offer a wide variety of float trips on the Meramec River, from Onondaga Cave to Meramec Cavern. Float trips range from five to 15 miles in length. Whether you choose a raft, canoe or kayak, you will enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the Meramec River.
All of our floats include shuttle service, paddles and life jackets. We provide shuttle service. Excursions on the Meramec provide opportunities for floating, fishing and cave exploration. Gravel bars provide spots to picnic, swim and sunbathe.
We are one hour southwest of St. Louis, off of I-44, at exit 225; five miles south of Sullivan off Route D.
The Arch Rival Roller Girls draw more than 1,000 fans to their games at the All American Sports Mall. The sport of Roller Derby has evolved into a highly skilled athletic contact sport. The excitement never stops.
Tickets are available online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Group discounts offered. The season runs January-July.
All necessary safety equipment is included.
Open March-October. Located at Meramec Caverns. Motel, campground, and canoe rental on-site.
Tickets: $49; younger than 12, $39.
Weight restrictions: 80-pound minimum; 270-pound maximum.
Minimum age: 10.
Reservations (required) should be made well in advance. See our website for details and reservations.
Enjoy a six-mile or an 11-mile float on the scenic Meramec River. Rentals are available April-September.
Our shuttle takes you up river; you float back to the parking lot.
Located at Meramec Caverns. Motel, campgrounds and a zipline thrill ride are on-site.
All guestrooms include voice mail, iron/board; hair dryer; and a desks. Some rooms feature a whirlpool bathtub. Handicap accessible rooms are available. Comfort Inn is located off of I-44 at Exit 225; five miles from Meramec State Park.
Crawford County Historical Museum has well-organized exhibits on three floors with new artifacts being added regularly. The collections are grouped together by theme in interesting arrangements.
Some of the separate exhibits are the school room; the Native American area; military displays; old school photos, yearbooks, and one-room school records; a parlor; a kitchen; quilts and wedding dresses; a bedroom; a children’s area; and artifacts from the railroad depot, including a conductor’s uniform and a telegraph machine.
It is three floors of history with items too numerous mention. The oldest piece in the museum is a 2000 year-old vase from the Dickinson Mounds.
Canoe and raft rentals for floating on the Meramec River. No dogs or fishing allowed in rafts. One block south of I-44 on Route W.
Age restrictions: You must be 21 years old to rent equipment from us. Children younger than age 5 will not be allowed to float in our canoes; children younger than age 3 will not be allowed to float in our rafts; children younger than age 3 will not be allowed on any of our float trips.
From the low, narrow streamside passages to the huge rooms filled with calcite deposits, Fisher Cave offers one outstanding cave scene after another. Inside these rooms and passages are well-preserved bear claw marks, cave wildlife and a vast array of calcite deposits ranging from intricate hellectites to massive columns 30 feet tall.
Educational groups are admitted at half price. All groups must schedule tours at least two weeks in advance.
Located within Meramec State Park, off Route 185. The park offers camping, dining, canoeing, lodging, trails and picnicking.
Tours: $8; ages 13-19, $7; ages 6-12, $6; younger than 6, free.
The area consists of more than 6,000 acres of rugged forest terrain in prime Ozark country, plus sections of the Meramec River, Huzzah and Courtois creeks. Take a canoe or kayak to access these streams for a day of fishing and floating.
For hikers, the area includes six miles of the Ozark Trail. The Narrows, located in the extreme southwest portion of the area, is a narrow hogback ridge that features extremely steep topography and rapidly changing vegetation from ridge to creek bottom. Bear Cave and Bat Cave add to the site's geology.
Primitive campsites are open from September 15-May 15 only.
To reach the area, cross the Meramec River at the end of Route H at Onondaga Cave State Park; or go northeast of Steelville on Route E and cross the low-water bridge at Huzzah Creek.
Did Bob Ford really gun down Jesse James in 1882, or did Jesse live until 1951? You be the judge.
View a live film of Jesse James; examine the photographs; study the fascinating displays; observe the wax figures; and gaze at the $100,000 collection of vintage firearms and personal belongings of Jesse and his gang.
Located on old Route 66 (I-44; exit 230).
Admission: $7; ages 5-11, $3.
Go on a guided tour of this seven-level natural wonder, the possibly the oldest stop along historic Route 66. Tours are conducted along well-lighted walkways. Cavern tour takes one hour and twenty minutes, covering 1¼ miles. Meramec Caverns has been a tourist attraction since 1933. The cave is reputed to have been used by Jesse James and his gang as a hideout.
Facilities include: gift shop; a sluice; picnic areas; a candy store. Also on-site (see separate listings): Meramec Caverns Restaurant; Meramec Caverns Motel; Meramec Caverns Campground; Cavern Canoe and Raft Rentals; Jesse James Wax Museum; and Caveman Zipline.
Located off of I-44 at exit 230. Closed on Thanksgiving and Dec. 25.
Cave tours: $20; ages 5-11, $10; younger than 5, free.
The campground at Meramec Caverns includes: shaded riverfront camp sites; RV hookups; showers; restrooms; sheltered pavilions; barbecue pits; picnic areas; and a concession stand.
Canoe rentals, raft rentals and a zipline thrill ride are available on-site.
Motel has 32 guestrooms, each with two full-size beds. Four guestrooms have microwave and a small refrigerator.
The motel adjoins the famous Meramec Caverns. Canoe rental, raft rental and a zipline thrill ride are on-site.
Home-style cooking, soups and sandwiches, served Memorial Day-Labor Day.
Snack bar, with 28 flavors of ice cream, is open daily, March-December.
The restaurant seats 250. A private dining room and catering available for groups (by reservation).
Located inside the main building at Meramec Caverns.
This area affords a glimpse of one of the jewels of the Ozarks, the Meramec River. Most of the area is home to lush forestland. Sheer cliffs along the Meramec River form the western border of the area, giving a scenic view of the river valley and surrounding hills. The wheelchair-accessible Woodland Trail offers hikers of all abilities glimpses of the river as well. Other trails provide hiking, horseback and bicycle riding. The area contains six caves, a great blue heron rookery and abundant wildlife. A number of streams and a spring are found on the site. Don’t forget to pack your fishing gear for a chance at hooking bass, catfish and sunfish. To reach the area, take I-44 to Route 185 near Sullivan. Exit south, go five miles and look for the cantilever sign.
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.
This park features reservable basic, electric, electric/water and full hook-up campsites. There are three group-camping areas. The park's location along the Meramec River makes it a favorite with canoeists and fishermen. There is a visitor center and a store. Hiking trails are available. Camping reservations: 877-422-6766 and online.
Canoeing and rafting are very popular park activities. Canoes and rafts can be rented at the park. Rental prices include shuttle, transportation, paddles and life jackets. Weekday floats typically offer substantially more solitude than weekends. Reservations are recommended for weekend trips.
This park features motel rooms and cabins that are available April through October. Reservations are made through the Fireside Store and Grill. The park's location along the Meramec River makes is a favorite with canoeists and fishermen. There is a visitor center and a store and grill. Hiking trails are available.
Onondaga Cave, a National Natural Landmark within Onondaga Cave State Park, is recognized as one of the most spectacular caves in the nation because of the quality of its formations. The tours lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes, covering about one mile of passageways. The cave's temperature is 57ºF (13ºC) year-round.
Scheduled tours are given, mid April thru mid October. Cave tour prices: $15; ages 6-12, $9; younger than 6, free.
Group rates are offered for 10 or more people. Group reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance in order to receive the group, however, group reservations can be made up to seven months in advance.
This park is home to a spectacular show cave, which is a National Natural Landmark. Tours are offered March through October. The park features Meramec River access; camping; scenic hiking trails; a lake; picnic sites; and a shelter. The park is located seven miles southeast of I-44 on Route H.
Basic and electric-water campsites, reservable sites and a special-use camping area are available. Electricity is available year-round. Hot showers and laundry facilities are available April-October. A shower-house and a dump station are available. The campground contains a playground and an amphitheater, where nature programs are presented during the on-season. Firewood is offered for purchase. Tours are given of the spectacular show cave. The park offers access to the Meramec River, picnicking and hiking trails. Camping reservations: 877-422-6766.
Located on the Meramec River, across from Onondaga Cave State Park. Also, we have access to the Courtois and Huzzah creeks.
Our rustic cabins sleep eight. The condominium, with full kitchen, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, a great-room, porch, gas grill, heat and air, sleeps 20. Two motels on-site. More than 100 acres; large, primitive tent-camping sites (many are riverfront) and 125 RV sites.
Canoe, raft, kayak and tube rentals available. Paddler’s Grill Restaurant open seasonal weekends. Meeting and banquet space available. We have a country store; shower houses; outdoor swimming pool; volleyball courts; horseshoe pits; laundry; fire ring; picnic tables; and playgrounds.
The Root 66 Market (sic) is a year-round farmers marketplace offering, among other items: produce; artist works; honey; eggs; baked goods; coconut oil; health food items; no-sugar-added jams & butters; specialty Italian groceries; specialty Mexican groceries; local trout; Gus' pretzels; handmade hair bows and tutus.
We are one of the few farmers markets that accepts EBT (food stamps).
The market has regular community events. We are adding a mural kids can stick their heads thru for photos.
This is a public golf club with an 18-hole golf course. The course is a challenging 6,174-yard, par 71 with Bermuda fairways and undulating bent grass greens. The course takes advantage of the natural rural landscape and is enhanced with beautiful landscaping.
The first nine holes are accented with hundreds of mature trees, while the remaining holes have a links flavor. The course, which is home to more than 250 trees, has a 3.5 acre lake that stretches the entire length of the No. 17 fairway.
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