See the best parks in Missouri

Visit Missouri’s parks

Visiting a local park is a great, affordable way to get outdoors and have some fun this holiday weekend. Here are our top three picks for the best parks in Missouri.

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

Featuring the highest peak in Missouri, with a 1,772 foot high summit, this park also has Missouri’s highest waterfall, and 7,500 acres of unspoiled wilderness.

Elephant Rocks State Park

Missouri has some of the nation’s most unique geology, and Elephant Rocks State Park is a great example. This park’s namesake is the collection of large, weathered, round pink sandstone boulders atop a hill which look like a group of circus elephants leading each other nose-to-tail. The park also has outstanding hiking, picnicking, and bird-watching opportunities.

Arrow Rock State Historic Site

For something a little different, check out this small town’s historic tavern and the oldest restaurant west of the Mississippi. The town is filled with historic buildings, from the courthouse to George Caleb Bingham’s house, along with lots of fun shopping in quaint antiques stores, interpretive paths, and more.

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