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Bee Tree County Park
2701 Finestown Rd.
Saint Louis, MO 63129-5816
Located south of Telegraph Road, along the Mississippi River
Bee Tree Park is situated on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The park maintains a Riverboat museum, a seasonal floral display, and hiking trails.
Visit > www.stlouisco.com/parks/beetree.html
Bella Fontaine County Park
9565 Bellefontaine Rd.
Saint Louis, MO 63137-1337
Located on both sides of MO Highway 367, just south of I-270
This park maintains ball fields, picnic shelters, a fishing lake, playgrounds, and fitness and bicycle trails.
Visit > http://www.stlouisco.com/parks/bella.html
Busch Memorial Wildlife Area
2360 Highway D
St. Charles, MO 63304-2215
(636) 441-4554 or (636) 441-4669
Busch Wildlife area features an auto tour designed to enable visitors to observe many facets of nature, hiking paths, auto tours, fishing, and hunting in season with permit.
Visit > http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/areas/stlouis/buschca/
Creve Coeur Park
Marine Avenue and Dorsett Road
St. Louis, MO 63146
Located adjacent to Creve Coeur Lake on
The upper section of this park is situated on a high hill over looking the Missouri River flood plain. This section contains children's playgrounds, tennis courts, pavilions, and many picnic areas. The lower section features Creve Coeur Lake, which is a small lake, ideal for small boat sailing, wind surfing, and sculling. Swimming and motorized craft are not allowed, except for special planned events.
Visit > www.stlouisco.com/parks/creve.html
Cuivre River State Park
678 State Route 147
Troy, MO 63379-5350
3 miles east of Troy on Missouri Highway 47
Cuivre Park maintains more than 30 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails. ("Cuivre" is pronounced "kwiver" and rhymes with "river".)
Visit > www.mostateparks.com/cuivre.htm
Elephant Rocks State Park
Ironton, MO 63650
At the northwest edge of Graniteville on Hwy. 21 in Iron County
The park is named for the huge, billion year old granite boulders that are as big as elephants. The park maintains a paved path through the woods that allows you to wander around the boulders.
Visit > http://www.mostateparks.com/elephantrock.htm
Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63130
Along Forest Park Avenue in downtown St. Louis
Forest Park is home to the region’s major cultural institutions—the Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, Science Center and the Muny Opera. It also serves as a sports center for golf, tennis, baseball, bicycling, boating, fishing, handball, ice-skating, roller blading, jogging, cricket, rugby and more.
Visit > http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark/
Visit > http://www.slfp.com/SLFP-FPFEmap.htm
Katy Trail State Park
St. Charles Post
By Boonslick Road and Highway 70
(573) 694-2027 Creason Bike Rentals and Shuttle Service
This hiking/biking trail was developed from an abandoned railroad right of way and is maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. It will someday be the longest trail in the country. At present the trail leads from St. Charles to Sedalia. However, due to bridgework, a few sections may be impassable. Please call the number above for the latest information. Bike rentals are available near the St. Charles post.
Visit > http://www.mostateparks.com/katytrail.htm
Kennedy Recreation Complex
6050 Wells Rd.
Saint Louis, MO 63128-4404
South of Missouri Hwy. 21
This Complex maintains an outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool, an indoor ice skating rink, lighted tennis courts, a golf course, a creative playground, and picnic sites.
Visit > http://www.stlouisco.com/parks/kennedy.html
Meramec State Park
2800 South Highway 185
Sullivan, MO 63080-4252
Four miles east of Sullivan
(573) 568-6072 or (573) 468-6519
This scenic park is a popular site for river recreation. The beautiful, spring fed, Meramec River lures canoeing, boating, and swimming enthusiasts. The park also features several springs and more than 30 caves, with a guided tour of Fisher Cave. Visitors will also find cabins, a dining lodge, a nature center, and cave tours. For additional information call either phone number listed above.
Visit > http://www.mostateparks.com/meramec.htm
Mastodon State Park
1050 Museum Drive
Imperial, MO 63052-3524
This site is one of North America's most important archeological digs for fossils of ice-age men and animals. This park is the location of the Kimmswick Bone Bed, a Pleistocene fossil bed that yielded more than 60 mastodon skeletons. These elephant-like mammals roamed Missouri as recently as 8,000 years ago, and some tusks have been carbon-dated to be over 17,000 years old. The park's museum displays a life-size mastodon skeleton replica and ancient artifacts discovered at the site. Visitors will also enjoy the hiking and picnic opportunities available at the park. Call ahead to see if archeologists are conducting an excavation during your visit.
Visit > http://www.mostateparks.com/mastodon.htm
McDonnell Memorial County Park
2961 Adie Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63132
East of Lindbergh
McDonnell Memorial Park features fitness and bicycle trails, a playground, picnic shelters, and an amphitheater.
Visit > http://www.stlouisco.com/parks/mcdonnell.html
Robertsville State Park
P.O. Box 186
Robertsville, MO 63072
5 miles south of I-44 on Route O near the junction of Route N
Be sure to bring your binoculars to bird watch. The Meramec River and several sloughs off Calvey Creek create a wetland habitat that attracts a wide variety of waterfowl. Facilities include a boat-launching area on the river, picnic areas and a campground.
Visit > http://www.mostateparks.com/robertsville.htm
Sioux Passage Park
Valley Road and Old Jamestown Road
Saint Charles, MO 63303
Located at the junction of Old Jamestown and Vallie Roads on the Missouri River
This park provides sledding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, horseback riding (horse rentals are not available), ball fields, tennis courts, fishing, hiking, picnic sites, and playgrounds.
Visit > http://www.stlouisco.com/parks/sioux.html
St. Francois State Park
8920 U.S. Highway 67
Bonne Terre, MO 63628
St. Francois is located in the beautiful Pike Run Hills surrounding Coonville Creek and is adjacent to the Big River. This is a popular swimming, fishing and boating site. The park also features a popular put-in point for float trips to Washington State Park, horseback trails, hiking trails, and camping and picnicking facilities.
Visit > http://www.mostateparks.com/stfrancois.htm
Suson County Park
6073 Wells Rd.
Saint Louis, MO 63128-4419
South of Missouri Hwy. 21
Suson County Park features an animal farm, picnic sites, and playgrounds. There's also a free fishing pond for children. The animal farm consists of goats, pigs, and chickens—cows and horses are in the barn on weekends only.
Visit > http://www.stlouisco.com/parks/suson.html
Saint Louis, MO 63124-1417
In Ladue, just south of I-64 (US40)
Tilles Park is a quiet park known for its Light Display during the Christmas Season, and its spring and fall Arts and Crafts Fairs. The park features picnic shelters, an athletic field, fishing, and tennis courts. ("Tilles" is pronounced "TILL-us".)
Visit > www.stlouisco.com/parks/tilles.html
Unger County Park
Fenton, MO 63026
North of I-44 on the Meramec River
Families come for the picnicking, Model boating, and fishing. There is also a horseshoe pit located next to Meramec Bend Shelter.
Visit > http://www.stlouisco.com/parks/Unger.html
Veterans Memorial County Park
2577 Redman Rd.
Saint Louis, MO 63136-5860
Between Highway 367 and Old Halls Ferry
(314) 355-7373 (North County Recreation Complex)
(314) 355-7277 (Eagle Springs Golf Course)
This park is the home of the North St. Louis County Recreation Complex and the Eagle Springs Golf Course. It maintains an outdoor swimming pool, indoor ice skating rink, four lighted tennis courts, fishing, and a modern playground.
Visit > http://www.stlouisco.com/parks/veterans.html
Washington State Park
On Highway 21
DeSoto, MO 63020
(636) 586-0322 for canoe/raft rentals
Washington State Park was once a ceremonial ground for prehistoric Indians. Visitors can view the petroglyphs (rock carvings) which have survived this ancient culture. The 1,822-acre park also provides opportunities to canoe, fish, or spend the night in cabins or at the park's camp sites.
Visit > http://www.mostateparks.com/washington.htm