Did you know there are 58 amazing state parks across Missouri? With so many great spots to explore natural Missouri, there are state parks that just don’t get as much attention as others. From sparkling lakes, stunning views, and majestic animals there is always something amazing to see in Missouri’s state parks. Check out this list of our 10 favorite state parks (listed in no particular order) that we think just don’t get enough attention.
1. Big Oak Tree State Park — East Prairie
You'll see some of the oldest and largest trees in the state at Big Oak Tree State Park. The wetlands also make it a great place to see wildlife. Find the park at 13640 South Hwy. 102, East Prairie, MO 63845.
2. Edward "Ted" and Pat Jones Confluence Point State Park — West Alton
Experience the power of the mighty Mississippi River at this amazing riverfront park. It's also a great place to see waterfowl and the majestic Bald Eagle. Visit the park at 1000 Riverlands Way, West Alton, MO 63386.
3. Grand Gulf State Park — Thayer
Missouri has its own grand canyon at Grand Gulf State Park. the gulf stretches a mile between the 130-foot tall rock walls. You can hike down to the bottom and cross a natural stone bridge for a spectacular experience. Find the park at Hwy. W, Thayer, MO, 65791.
4. Wallace State Park — Cameron
Leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind and visit Wallace State Park for some serenity. Fish, hike, camp, and enjoy nature all within a one hour drive from Kansas City. You can find the park at 10621 NE Hwy. 121,
Cameron, MO 64429.
5. Don Robinson State Park — Cedar Hill
Another beautiful park is a natural oasis for those on the eastern side of the state. Take a short drive from St. Louis to see sandstone box canyons, shelter caves, cliffs, glades and upland and bottomland forests. This beautiful park is also one of the newer parks in the state park system. Find Don Robinson State Park at 9275 Byrnesville Rd.,
Cedar Hill, MO 63016
6. Prairie State Park — Mindenmines
Most of Missouri's prairie lands have been destroyed. The bison that once roamed across our state in droves are now nearly non-existent. However, Prairie State Park is working to revitalize our native grasslands and bring back animals from our past. See the wildflowers in the summer, spot a bison, and take in the views. Visit the park at 128 NW 150th Ln.,
Mindenmines, MO 64769.
7. Montauk State Park — Salem
There are many great places to fly fish in Missouri but this lesser-known park is great for those looking to avoid the crowds. There is also a historic grist mill on-site that is open for tours and lots of opportunities for hiking. Find the park at 345 County Rd. 6670,
Salem, MO 65560.
8. Lake Wappapello State Park —Williamsville
Lake Wappapello State Park is great for people with diverse interests. It's the perfect place for boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, or equestrian trail riding. There is even a large sand beach you can relax on! You can find the park on Hwy. 172,
Williamsville, MO 63967.
9. Big Lake State Park — Craig
Big Lake is a small but mighty park that features one of the last remaining oxbow lakes in the state. The shallow lake is great for small water vessels and fishing. Bring your bikes and explore the bike path before cooling off with a swim. Find the park at 204 Lake Shore Dr.,
Craig, MO 64437
10. Big Sugar Creek State Park — Pineville
A great rugged hike awaits you at Big Sugar Creek. Take the 3.35-mile long trail along the rock bed and enjoy the peaceful setting. Visit the park at 6727 Big Sugar Creek Rd.,
Pineville, MO 64856.
Have you been to any of these awesome, lesser-known state parks in Missouri? Tell us about your trip in the comments below.