Due to the unique and rare diversity of life preserved at Prairie State Park, pets are not allowed on park trails. A bison herd of more than 100 head freely graze the park, and this regulation protects both you and your pet. You are welcome to bring your pet to the park’s campground and picnic area, but must follow Missouri State Park’s pet rules, available here. This applies to all types of pets except service animals assisting people with disabilities.
Due to a bridge being out, the section of trail along the Meramec River bluff is temporarily rerouted to the group camp road.
Trail users should be alert for multiple washouts between MM 191.8 and MM 215.4 (Boonville to Clifton City) due to recent rainstorms.
Trail users are advised to exercise caution April 14-28 if using the trail near MM 246.7 (west of Windsor). The public water supply district will be installing a water main under the trail at that location. The trail will remain open for use, however, users should be alert to workers and vehicles on the trail.
Portions of White River Valley Trail will be closed during the dates below to allow for hunting seasons on Corps of Engineers property.
April 12-13, 2014
April 21 - May 11, 2014
Oct. 1 - Nov. 2, 2014
Nov. 15-25, 2014
Dec. 20-30, 2014
Jan. 3-4, 2015
Closed sections: Trailhead 2; Trailhead 3; on the Blue Loop at White Connector 3; Trophy Run Road
Open sections: Trailhead 1; Red Loop; White Connector 1; White Connector 2; Blue Loop to White Connector 3; White Connector 3
All trails in Prairie State Park will be closed daily from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. through April 30, 2014. These temporary closures aid in the protection of the greater prairie chicken.
The ORV riding area will be closed from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, May 18, 2014. The Leadbelt National Enduro will be held during that time.
Visitors can expect delays due to construction on the new Missouri River bridge on Hwy. 40/61 and on Hwy. 109 near the Hwy. 100 overpass. Overpass closures and lane restrictions may slow down traffic.
The steel bridge over Little Bonne Femme Creek on Springbrook Trail remains closed due to flood damage. Once repairs can be completed, the bridge will be reopened.
The boat ramp remains closed due to extremely low lake levels. All other areas of the park remain open under normal operations.
Trail users should exercise caution on trails in and near Mudlick Hollow due to remaining damage from windstorms. Park staff have cleared and repaired all other trail areas.