History and amenities of Meramec State Park
As early as 1926, land was being purchased to create what is now Meramec State Park.
In 1933, the craftsmen of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began constructing trails, picnic shelters and other facilities at the park. Nine years of CCC work left Meramec State Park with a collection of comfortable facilities that blend into the rugged landscape with their rustic design.
The Meramec River runs for 13 miles through this 461-acre park in South-Central Missouri. The park features, bluffs, glades, sinkholes, springs, and over 40 caves. The most popular cave, is Fisher Cave. Naturalists offer tours of Fisher Cave on a seasonal basis.
(All above information taken from the State Park website.)
We have visited Meramec State Park numerous times over the last 20 years living in Missouri. This most recent visit was over Labor Day weekend. During this visit, we realized that we have hiked all the trails, so we decided to present a "Park Tour" so we could show all the park has to offer.
We were camping this visit and had the time to really cover the developed parts of the park. one weekend is not enough time to "do it all".
Our first stop was the Visitor Center where we viewed all of the exhibits.
The exhibits in the Visitor Center are great and the staff is very helpful! But we go to the State Parks to be outside. In the past we have hiked. Our favorite hike is The Wilderness Trail. Please take a minute to look at one of our first channel videos from this beautiful trail!
Over the years, we have discovered SO much more to do than hike at Meramec. We have camped, picnicked, stayed in the motel, played in the river, and explored many trails and natural areas. There is just so much to do!
Take a look at our most recent tour to find out how you want to spend your time in Meramec State Park! Until next time, keep on trekking!
Kay and Matt enjoy hiking all over the USA. We have a YouTube Channel to video our adventures, this blog, and we are working on building an app to allow others to go on adventures too.
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