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Prairie State Park

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Tallgrass prairies once covered more than a third of Missouri; today, less than one percent remains, much of it preserved at Prairie State Park. Visitors to the park see panoramic vistas of swaying grass and ever-changing wildflowers. They also may spot an elk or the park’s resident bison herd. The park’s Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center offers exhibits and interpretive programs designed to inform visitors about the special place.

Park Hours

Park Grounds

Sunrise to sunset, year-round.

Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through October
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday
    Closed Sunday through Tuesday and holidays
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    November through March
    10 a. m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday
    Closed Sunday through Wednesday
Name that Trail: This trail is designed especially for people with visual or physical disabilities and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. The trail passes by a quarry pond, which now supports a variety of animal life. A short spur off of the trail takes hikers to the top of the granite outcrop, where they can explore the maze of giant elephant rocks. A second spur brings you to a point overlooking an old quarry site, where Missouri red granite was quarried from the 1860s through the early 1900s. Don’t know the answer? Get your copy of Trails of Missouri State Parks and read more about this and other exciting trails in Missouri state parks and historic sites at mostateparks.com.