Meramec State Park

Favorite places to camp

Several folks have asked what's the best place to camp. Here's some of our favorite campsites:

Pomme de Terre State Park, campsite #228 Hermitage Campground - Lakeside electric site that has shade and is a good distance from other campsites http://mostateparks.com/campsite/pomme-de-terre-state-park-campsite-h228

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Ahhhh! The perfect campsite

Spring Magic: Wildflowers in Missouri State Parks

 By Tom Uhlenbrock

Missouri State Parks

 A little magic is happening in Missouri’s woods. The show will go on through much of April.

After a seemingly endless winter, the sun shining through the leafless trees is warming the forest floor, causing spring wildflowers to awaken. Like little jewels, they poke through the leaf litter and dot the drab landscape with bouquets of white, yellow, pink and blue.

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Mid-April is the beginning of Missouri's peak wildflower season. Come and see what Missouri's state parks have to offer.

Eagles soar above state parks

Bats make themselves at home in Missouri’s state parks

LEASBURG, Mo. – You don’t have to go far to find bats at Onondaga Cave State Park.

Just inside the interior glass doors that lead into one of America’s most spectacular caves, a dozen or so tiny balls of dark fur clustered together on the ceiling a few feet above visitors’ heads.

“Those are little brown bats and eastern pipstrelles, which are also called tri-colored,” said Tara Flynn, a naturalist with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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You don’t have to go far to find bats at Onondaga Cave State Park.

Best way to beat the heat? Float.

SULLIVAN, Mo. – Living in Missouri and never floating its Ozark streams would be like being in Florida and ignoring its beaches, or spending a lifetime in Colorado and never hiking the Rockies.

Meramec State Park offers the perfect trip for a rookie to get his or her feet wet, and see what floating is all about. You leave your vehicle at the park, take a shuttle to the Sappington Bridge, and float five miles back.

“The river is easy and wide,” said Mike Fleming, the concessionaire at Meramec. “It’s a nice little float.”

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Living in Missouri and never floating its Ozark streams would be like being in Florida and ignoring its beaches, or spending a lifetime in Colorado an
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