Park trails are temporarily closed to equestrian and bicycle use due to muddy conditions. The soonest they may reopen is Nov. 26.
The parks listed below will be closed to regular visitors on Dec. 13 and 14 while managed deer hunts are conducted. Their campgrounds will be closed Dec. 12, 13 and 14. *If you are a selected hunter for one of the managed hunts, you will need to contact the respective park directly to obtain information for your overnight stay.
Babler State Park
Crowder State Park
Cuivre River State Park
Pershing State Park
Pomme de Terre State Park
St. Francois State Park
Watkins Mill State Park
Due to wet conditions, Opossum Hollow Trail is temporarily closed to bicyclists and McAdoo Trail is temporarily closed to equestrian use. The trails will be re-checked on Nov. 26.
Beginning in fall 2014 and going through spring 2015, there will be periodic construction work occurring in the campground. Two new showerhouses will be installed and electrical service upgraded to some campsites. During the construction work, certain areas of the campground will need to be closed; this will change as construction progresses. If you are interested in camping at the park during this off-season, please call ahead at 660-442-3770 to find out which campsites will be open during your stay.
Trail users should exercise caution near MM 232.9 (Green Ridge) for the remainder of 2014. Electrical transmission line installation work will be done on both sides of the trail during this time.
Because of freeze-thaw cycles and extended wet conditions historically experienced during this time period, the equestrian trail in Gans Creek Wild Area is closed Nov. 3, 2014, through May 31, 2015. The trail remains open to hikers. Bicycles and other mechanized equipment are not allowed in the wild area.
All modern restrooms at trailheads with this amenity have been winterized and closed for the season. It is anticipated they will reopen April 1, 2015. Vault toilets will remain open over winter. Additionally, portable toilets will be placed at several of the trailheads that get winterized, as a convenience to trail users. Below is a list of trailheads with restrooms that will remain open, and a list of trailheads with restrooms that will be closed:
The section of Paved Bicycle Path from the campground to the Guy Park Trailhead is closed to bicycles (and all other wheeled devices) until further notice. Hiking is allowed. This restriction is in place due to deteriorating conditions of the trail surface and leaf debris.
The playground area is closed until further notice to allow for installation of a new playground unit.
The petroglyph and beach picnic shelters are temporarily closed to allow for construction on the FLATS trail.
The Outpost cabins will be closed beginning Dec. 15, 2014, to allow for renovation of the shared showerhouse. The cabins and new showerhouse are expected to be available by the end of February 2015.
Three bridges will be replaced on the Katy Trail this fall, one at MM 105.7 near Rhineland, one at MM 93.5 near Gore and one at MM 77.4 just east of Marthasville. Construction for two of the bridges began Oct. 22 and the third will begin Oct. 29, with anticipated reopening by Dec. 17....
The paved road that passes in from of Cabin 1 and leads to the gate at the old Shut-Ins Road is temporarily closed. Large pieces of the paved were destroyed during spring flooding.
Access to the cabins is not impacted by this closure. Big Creek can be accessed from other parking lots.
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.