After a day of exploring, a comfy bed can be a very welcome sight. At many of our State Parks, you can pair the beauty of nature with the relaxing in the home-like environment of a lodge or cabin. Reservations are highly recommended.
Roaring River State Park, 15 minutes south of Cassville, is home to one of the finest trout fisheries in the Midwest; an ideal destination for the avid angler. Hikers have seven trails from which to choose. The verdant hills and crystalline spring provide picture-perfect scenery for all of your adventures. At the end of the day, relax in one of the park’s lovely cabins (also, campsites are available).
Trout are plentifully at Montauk State Park, 30 minutes south of Salem. This idyllic park attracts all manner of nature-lovers. Cast your line for a chance at that lunker trout. Take a hike around the picturesque Pigeon Creek Basin. The park’s motel and cabins provide a cozy place to sleep after your hours of adventure.
Bordering Osage Beach, Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Missouri’s largest state park, offers family fun and 80 miles of shoreline. Explore the cool lake waters aboard a sailboat, pontoon or personal watercraft. Take a peaceful hike along one of the park’s trails. Make a splash at the swimming beaches. Go underground with a fascinating, lantern-lit tour of Ozark Caverns. Of course, it’s tricky to pack all of this fun into just one day – so make a weekend of it by staying in one of the park’s cabins or yurts.
Cozy cabins await after a day exploring Meramec State Park, four miles outside of Sullivan. Canoe and kayak enthusiasts love to float down the Meramec River; plus, this lovely river is suitable for boating and swimming. Hike one of the park’s many trails. Be sure to stop by the visitor center to check out the large aquarium that showcases the variety of aquatic creatures found in the park. Meramec State Park is home to more than 40 caves; guided tours of Fisher Cave are given by flashlight.