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Attractions & Recreational Activities

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Johnson Shut-Ins

19.8 Miles

The wilderness qualities and geology of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park and the surrounding St. Francois Mountains make this park a special place to visit. Its rugged character provides the perfect backdrop for campinghikingpicnickingsplashing in the shut-ins, exploring nature or just relaxing.

Elephant Rocks

Elephant Rocks

7.2 Miles

The giant elephant-shaped granite boulders are the star at Elephant Rocks State Park. The coarsely crystalline red granite forms are popular with history buffs, children and parents. An easy way to see the rocks is from the Braille Trail, which was especially designed for people with visual and physical disabilities. The trail winds through the main area of rocks. An extension off the trail leads back to the ruins of an old railroad engine house, a remnant of the area’s quarrying and railroad history.


Abundant picnic areas and vibrant fall colors add to the park’s appeal.

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Taum Sauk Mountain

7.8 Miles

Climb to the top of Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and be on top of Missouri – literally. The park’s 7,500 acres include the highest point in the state. Located in the St. Francois Mountains, the park's wooded areas and rocky glades provide a beautiful, solitary experience for hikers. A series of trails, including a portion of the Ozark Trail, wind through the park’s picturesque setting and provide awesome views of the surrounding countryside.


The park also has a 12-site basic campground, a special-use area for group camping, and a picnic area.

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