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First Day Hike

1/1/2024 | Meramec State Park | Sullivan, MO

"From Path to Path" – As we wander through life, our path changes beneath our feet; similarly, this First Day Hike will follow several paths. We will start out by walking the campground road to River Trail; from there, we will take White Connector 1 to Bluff View Trail, go past the historic CCC dining lodge, cross the park road to access Deer Hollow Trail, and take Deer Hollow Trail back to the campground. Along the way, we will explore woodlands, forest, river bottoms and bluffs. We will also stop to visit the spot where a former park resident once stood, one that experienced many moments time: a bur oak tree that lived to be more than 300 years old! 

We'll meet at 11 a.m. in front of the visitor center to use the restrooms before we drive down to the Fisher Cave parking lot. Participants should wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring snacks, water and binoculars for this moderately challenging 3-mile hike. The hike should take about two and a half hours to complete.

This event is free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. The trails are not accessible for wheelchair users.

For more information, call the park office at 573-468-6072. To check for cancellation notices or status updates, visit the Park and Site Status Map or see the event listing on Facebook.

Registration is required for this event. To register, click here and use the "Choose Date" box to find the listing.

Hike time: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Meeting location: in front of the visitor center

First Day Hikes are promoted by America’s State Parks. Click here to see more First Day Hikes at Missouri State Parks.

Meramec State Park is located at:

115 Meramec Park Drive, Sullivan, MO | 573-468-6072

Associated activities

  • Hiking