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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 2.25 mile trail is designated for hikers and mountain bikers. It winds its way through woods and old fields and along small intermittent streams. Maples and sycamore trees grace the banks of Little Bonne Femme Creek, which is crossed twice. At the eastern crossing, a 100-foot bridge provides a dry crossing. The western crossing lacks a bridge a may require minor wadding. 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.