Did you know there are 92 state parks to visit in 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 and stunning views to majestic animals and unique rock formations, the best state parks in Missouri offer so much to do, for visitors of all ages. Here are 10 lesser-known state parks that are worthy of a whole lot more attention.

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State Parks To Visit In Missouri

What are some of the best parks in Missouri?

We have so many state parks in Missouri that we probably haven’t even heard of them all. However, each is worth a visit. Big Oak Tree State Park, for example, features a gorgeous boardwalk trail, dotted with benches and brimming with the chance to see local wildlife. Crowder State Park boasts 17 miles of hiking trails and a lake that’s perfect for boating. Learn more about the rich history of Route 66 at the Visitor Center at Route 66 State Park, and spend a day canoeing at St. Francois State Park.

What are some of the most scenic hiking trails in Missouri?

Hiking is one of the best ways to explore Missouri. With all of the scenic hiking trails in Missouri, in fact, you could probably spend a lifetime exploring them. If you’re a newbie to hiking, you’ll find an abundance of easy trails to help you get started. Pass a picturesque waterfall, for example, along the trail at Pickle Springs Natural Area. Sandy Creek Covered Bridge Trail gives a peek into the past – and it’s a simple five-minute stroll to one of Missouri’s four remaining covered bridges. Or find peace and quiet along the easy, five-mile Fellows Lake Trail in Springfield.

What are some of the best kid-friendly hiking trails in Missouri?

Can you think of a better way to spend a few hours, or an entire day, than outdoors with the kids? Fortunately, we have an abundance of kid-friendly hiking trails in Missouri, many of which span only a mile or less. Old Kate Trail meanders less than a mile through Parkville Nature Sanctuary and features a beautiful waterfall. If the kids are fans of caves, they’ll probably love the Cave Springs Park Trail in Kansas City. The Castle Trail at Ha Ha Tonka State Park leads straight to the remnants of a former castle – perfect for exploration and for snapping selfies.


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