Put quite simply, Missouri is a gorgeous state filled with natural wonder. With summer well underway, you can’t go wrong with any of these amazing parks when planning your next outdoor adventure!
1. Bennett Spring State Park-Dallas, Laclede
After working up an appetite either fishing or hiking, treat yourself to a meal at the lodge serving generous portions of hearty food from the heartland.
2. Castlewood State Park-St.Louis
Back in the early 1900's, Castlewood boasted dance clubs and the place to go for a good time. Today Castlewood is known for its awesome biking trails.
3. Cuivre River State Park-Lincoln
Trails through forests and prairies, sinkhole ponds, a gorgeous lake as well as picnic areas and campsites, this gorgeous park has it all!
4. Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park-MIssouri Ozarks, Reynolds
An amazing work of nature, Johnson's Shut-Ins is a popular spot for those wanting to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the various swimming areas, mountain trails, picnic areas and campsites.
5. Lake of the Ozarks State Park-Camden, Miller
Over 17,000 square acres of all that the Ozarks are known for. A must-do is a lantern lit tour of the Ozark Caverns.
6. Sam A. Baker State Park-Wayne
Located in the St.Francois Mountains, this park, named for a former Missouri Governor, is an ideal spot for camping. It features hiking trails, canoeing and a nature center.
7. Taum Sauk Mountain State Park-Iron, Reynolds
Find yourself at the top of Missouri! The highest point in the state is in this park. The scenery includes, hickory forests, rocky glades and even a portion of the Ozark Trail.
8. Roaring River State Park-Barry
Hike one of the seven trails through rugged terrain and find yourself in view of colossal hills above a deep blue spring.
9. Onondaga Cave State Park-Crawford
Onondaga Cave is a National Natural Landmark, providing guided tours. This park also features the Vilander Bluff which provides a panoramic view of the Meramec River.
10. Montauk State Park-Dent
Located a short drive from St. Louis, this park features varied accommodation choices, including a motel, cabins and a campground.
And that’s not even all of them! Missouri has over 50 State Parks! What are some of your favorites?