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State Parks of Missouri

Discover Table Rock, Route 66 + Robertsville

From hiking and boating in eastern Missouri, to fishing and swimming in the western Missouri – the Show Me State has no shortage of state parks, and all the perks. Near St. Louis, put Hawn State Park on your radar.

One of the premier hiking destinations in Missouri, visitors have four hiking trails to chose from, ranging from the slight Overlook Trail, at just 300 feet long, to the more adventurous Whispering Pines Trail, with nearly 10 miles of trail.

When traveling through the Show Me State, get ready for an array of outdoor adventures. From fishing and boating, to hiking, cycling, and horseback riding – it’s easy to make your stay in Missouri a memorable one.

Bennett Spring State Park

Stretching into Dallas County and Laclede County, Bennett Spring State Park is located 12 miles west of Lebanon, in western Missouri. The park is situated around a spring feeding the Niangua River, which makes the park a popular destination for fly fishing and canoeing, as well as hiking and other outdoor adventures.

Governed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the park’s namesake natural spring offers draws fishermen hoping to both rainbow trout and brown trout. Visitors hike along 12 miles of foot trails under oak and hickory canopies to reach marvels such as the Natural Tunnel and Savanna Ridge.

Forest Park

Encompassing over 1,300 acres, Forest Park in St. Louis is a popular civic center and public park featuring a variety of things to do. Many of eastern Missouri’s most prominent attractions can be found in Forest Park, including the Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, and Saint Louis Art Museum.

Other attractions found at Forest Park include the Forest Park Golf Course, the historic World’s Fair Pavilion, and the Jewel Box. Don’t miss outdoor adventure in Kennedy Forest and Kennedy Woods, Round and Jefferson Lakes, and the many hiking trails and fishing spots.

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Established in 1975, Laumeier Sculpture Park is an open-air art museum located in eastern Missouri near St. Louis. Sitting on over 100 acres, the park features over 50 outdoor sculptures along the 1.4-mile walking trail.

Moreover, the park features an indoor gallery within an 1816 on-site mansion – the former residence of park founds Henry and Matilda Laumeier. Don’t miss the many iconic sculptures – perhaps none more iconic than “The Way.”

Prairie State Park

Preserving much of the state’s remaining tall-grass prairie land, Prairie State Park is located in western Missouri, an hour north of Joplin. Covering almost 4,000 acres, the park offers visitors panoramic views of ever-changing wildflowers and free-roaming wildlife.

Prairie State Park serves as a popular destination for viewing grassland animals such as elk and bison, and a heard of bison call the park home. The park’s visitor center provides exhibits designed to inform visitors of all ages about the unique landscape the park protects.

Robertsville State Park

An hour west of St. Louis, visitors in the eastern region of Missouri get to traverse the 1,225-acre Robertsville State Park. Fish, boat, hike or picnic – it’s all there, so prepare to immerse yourself into Missouri’s scenic and pristine nature at Robertsville State Park.

Anglers and boating enthusiasts alike fill the waters of the Meramec River, set along the northern rim of the park. No boat? No problem – cast out along two miles of riverbank shoreline and reel in a bluegill, crappie, or even smallmouth bass. If you're traveling with your boat, launch out and explore the Meramec – it stretches nearly 230 miles, and empties into the Mississippi River near the city of Arnold. But there's plenty of water fun and recreation to enjoy Robertsville State Park.

The Spice Bush Trail is ideal for nature lovers and birder watchers, and is a premier hiking trail within Robertsville State Park. Just under a mile long, Spice Bush travels through the Meramec River’s floodplain. Lace up your boots, pack a sack with snacks and make your way through the Spice Bush Trail.

Plan a tasty and filling picnic for you and the family – Robertsville State Park also features fine picnic shelters. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, you can also call ahead and reserve a picnic shelter. Accommodating up to 75 people, each picnic area features a grill, access to a restroom, and a fun playground facility perfect for the kids.

Route 66 State Park

Take a boat ride on the Meramec, have a picnic, go hiking, go for a ride by horse or by bike, and keep your eyes peeled for 40 different species of birds. Whether you’re with your friends, your kids, or just taking a personal day, you’re in for an exquisite slice of America.

This 419-acre park has four trails so rest assured you won’t feel cheated. Check out the greatest benefits of Route 66 and that’s the beautiful towns and attractions to which most Americans would otherwise not be exposed. There’s no greater example of that than the park named for the Main Street of America.

Table Rock State Park

If you’re lucky enough to be by the Blue Ridge Mountains, then venture out to Pickens and see Table Rock State Park. A nature lover’s paradise, Table Rock has three different hiking trails plus two park lakes with seasonal swimming. Bring not just the little ones, but the furry ones too.

Extend your picnic blanket and make yourself at home as you take in the surrounding scenery. Watch the kids live it up at the playground. Check out the nature center offering a fun, educational programs for the children. Once you get the full experience, you’ll never want to leave.

Wallace State Park

Covering over 500 acres, Wallace State Park is located in outside of Cameron, less than an hour north of Kansas City, in western Missouri. Overseen by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the park is a serene, secluded getaway offering plenty to see and do.

Wallace State Park’s six-acre lake lends itself to swimming, fishing, and boating, while the park’s four trails are perfect for a hike or a walk under lush green canopies. Visitors relax in benches placed along each trail and ample covered picnic areas are found throughout the landscape.