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Must-see Missouri State Parks

Explore landscapes littered with ancient monoliths. Relax in the sunshine beneath the Ozark Mountains. Reel in a whopper at Missouri's top swimming holes. Discover ancient caves, or mess around in a boat. Enjoy shows at beachside theaters atop the park's bluffs and delve into Missouri's railroad history.

State Parks in Missouri: Top Accommodations

House Roaring River State Park
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Roaring River State Park, Roaring River Township, Missouri, United States
from $137
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House Roaring River State Park
House ∙ 9 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Roaring River State Park, Roaring River Township, Missouri, United States
from $138
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4.9/5.0
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Apartment Lake of the Ozarks State Park
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Camden County, Missouri, United States
from $77
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4.9/5.0
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Apartment Lake of the Ozarks State Park
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Camden County, Missouri, United States
from $132
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Apartment Lake of the Ozarks State Park
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Camden County, Missouri, United States
from $122
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House Elephant Rocks State Park
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Elephant Rocks State Park, Iron Township, Missouri, United States
from $85
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4.8/5.0
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House Elephant Rocks State Park
House ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Elephant Rocks State Park, Iron Township, Missouri, United States
from $105
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House Elephant Rocks State Park
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Elephant Rocks State Park, Iron Township, Missouri, United States
from $106
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House Central West End
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Central West End, St. Louis, Missouri
from $199
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4.5/5.0
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Best Missouri State Parks for Families

Capture the castle at Ha Ha Tonka, plunge into activities at Missouri's oldest summer camp and take a dip in pretty Pigeon Creek. Here's what to do with your family at Missouri State Parks:

  • 1. Echo Bluff State Park

    Nearly a hundred years ago, Echo Bluff State Park was opened as a summer youth camp, and that ethos is still palpable in the park's myriad outdoor activities and facilities. Mountain biking along spectacular Ozark ridges and floating about on crystalline lakes are some of the activities enjoyed by visitors to this verdant park.

  • 2. Montauk State Park

    At the confluence of the Current River and Pigeon Creek, Montauk Park is beloved of fishermen hailing from across Missouri and even farther afield. Step back in time on a tour of the gristmill that was founded here in 1896. Or hike the park's three leafy trails or enjoy a picnic and the sunshine at the designated picnic area.

  • 3. Ha Ha Tonka State Park

    Your family will marvel at the historic castle and myriad geological formations that litter this spectacular park. Hike trails to caves, sinkholes and a vast natural bridge, or play hide-and-seek in the ruins of the turn of the century castle. The tinkling of the spring almost sounds like laughter, or perhaps it's just the laughter of excited children. Boardwalk trails make it easy for families to navigate to these sites, and there's a picnic ground to relax at too.

Best Places to Stay for State Parks in Missouri

House Forest Park Southeast
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Forest Park Southeast, St. Louis, Missouri
from $196
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4.9/5.0
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Apartment Ridgedale
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Ridgedale, Oliver Township, Missouri
from $42
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5.0/5.0
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House Peabody–Darst–Webbe
House ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Peabody–Darst–Webbe, St. Louis, Missouri
from $111
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Best Missouri State Parks for Hiking

Billion year old inhabitants and intriguing caves lure hikers to step out in Missouri's State Parks. Here are some of the most memorable hikes in Missouri:

  • 1. Elephant Rocks State Park

    1.5 billion year old granite monoliths litter the parkland in a line, like a herd of trained elephants. Geologists and children love these fascinating formations. The easiest way to get to them is by following the Braille Trail, which is designed to promote accessibility to this natural wonder. Another branch leads to a historic railroad engine house, an echo of the region's rail history.

  • 2. Meramec State Park

    Thirteen miles of hiking trails unfold scenic bluffs and dense woodland, twittering with bird life. Make your way to the spectacular mouth of Fisher Cave, which you can navigate with torches. Along the path, there are several swimming or fishing holes to stop off at. Explore local geology and history further at the Visitor Center, or embark on a canoe trek along the river.

  • 3. Lake of the Ozarks State Park

    Glades and shaded forests are a serene setting for mountain-skirting hiking trails. As you ascend, you'll discover plenty of stopping places that overlook the glittering Lake of the Ozarks. Comb the lake's two beaches, or take a refreshing dip in one of Missouri's longest lakes to cool down after your climb.

Recommended Accommodations for State Parks in Missouri

Apartment Village of Four Seasons
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Village of Four Seasons, Pawhuska Township, Missouri
from $150
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4.5/5.0
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House Kings Oak
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
Kings Oak, St. Louis, Missouri
from $183
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4.7/5.0
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House Northampton
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms
Northampton, St. Louis, Missouri
from $217
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4.6/5.0
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Best Missouri State Parks for Adventure Sports

Lakes leaping with trout, outdoor adventures in the Ozark mountain range and thrilling wildlife are some of the attractions of Missouri State Parks for adrenaline junkies. You can always loll by a lake or picnic in the sun after your activities. Here are some sporting favorites:

  • 1. Bennett Spring State Park

    Water lovers can make a splash at Bennett Spring, a cool and crystal clear uprising of water that's well stocked with rainbow trout for fishermen to reel in. Hiking trails thread through the outskirts of the park, which ascend into the valley that embraces Bennet Spring, affording splendid views at a number of stopping points. One of the state's oldest State Parks remains one of its best.

  • 2. Roaring River State Park

    Sequestered in the foothills of the Ozark mountain range, Roaring River State Park is one of the most popular in the state. Teeming with trout, anglers from miles around make the pilgrimage to fish its waters. Seven hiking trails circumnavigate the park, and you can learn more about local wildlife you may spot as you hike at the Nature Center. You can also relax at the picnic tables after your exertions.

  • 3. Mark Twain State Park

    White tailed deer hop through the oak and hickory forest that spreads around Mark Twain Lake. Bluffs overlook the lake, which is hugged by the dramatic Salt River Hills, providing the perfect playground for adventure sports fans. Wander six miles of trail, or launch your boat on the lake.

Top Offers for State Parks in Missouri

Apartment Ridgedale
Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Ridgedale, Oliver Township, Missouri
from $93
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4.0/5.0
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Apartment Branson
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Branson, Branson Township, Missouri
from $101
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House Central West End
House ∙ 7 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Central West End, St. Louis, Missouri
from $156
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