St. Louis October 22, 2017
9 Under-Appreciated State Parks Near St. Louis You’re Sure To Love
St. Louis has so many beautiful places to visit that it can be easy to overlook all that our Missouri State Parks have to offer. Each of these parks provide a unique outdoor experience, and they are also perfect for getting away from the city for a day. Read below to see the exciting adventures that await you in these state parks.
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1. Edward and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park
You can watch as the Missouri River and the Mighty Mississippi River meet at this state park. It is a beautiful place to spend time on the waterfront. It is also a great bird watching destination.
Address: 1000 Riverlands Way, West Alton, MO 63386.
2. Mastodon State Historic Site
Home to the Kimmswick Bone Bed, this archaeological and paleontological site is both an educational museum and a great outdoor park. You will learn about the great mastodons that roamed Missouri, complete with life sized models of these fierce creatures. And can picnic and hike in the wooded grounds here.
Address: 1050 Charles J Becker Dr., Imperial, MO 63052
3. Sandy Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site
This state historic site is perfect for a romantic date or for seeing our history first hand. The Sandy Creek Bridge is one of only three remaining Howe Truss Bridges. It is completely restored and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1970.
Address: 9001 Old Lemay Ferry Rd., Hillsboro, MO 63050
4. Gov. Daniel Dunklin's Grave State Historic Site
Dedicated to Missouri's fifth Governor, this historic site provides amazing views of the Mississippi River. It is a quiet place that is a nice retreat in nature.
Gov. Daniel Dunklin's Grave State Historic Site is located at: Dunklin Dr., Herculaneum, MO 63048.
5. Robertsville State Park
This state park is bordered by both the Meramec River and Calvey Creek. Popular activities here are fishing, boating, and camping.
Address: 902 State Park Rd., Robertsville, MO 63072
6. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
At Cahokia Mounds you can walk to the top of one of the oldest Native American sites in the USA. The mounds here are preserved and protected as a World Heritage Site. There is also an educational center featuring many artifacts found in the area.
Address: 30 Ramey Dr., Collinsville, IL 62234.
7. Meramec State Park
Meramec State Park might just have the most activities to offer in one stop. You can visit caves here, camp, hike, go fishing, and boat or float on the river.
Address: 670 Fisher Cave Drive, Sullivan, MO 63080.
8. Castlewood State Park
Castlewood State Park offers beautiful views and an abundance of outdoor activities too. This park is also an excellent choice if you like to hike. There are eight different trails offered here, with several that are open for equestrian use.
Address: 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd., Ballwin, MO 63021.
9. Washington State Park
The Washington State Park is a beautiful choice for hiking, boating, and swimming, but it is the petroglyphs carved into the rocks in this park that set it apart. Who created them is unknown, but it is believed that the Middle Mississippi People used the site as a ceremonial grounds. They were listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1970.
Address: 13041 MO-104, De Soto, MO 63020.
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Elephant Rocks State Park near St. Louis.