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Meramec State Park
The beauty of the Meramec River and its surrounding bluffs, caves
and forests have pleased visitors since the park opened in 1927. In
1933, the craftsmen of the Civilian Conservation Corps began blending
a variety of visitor facilities into the park's rugged landscape.
This popular 6,896-acre park offers year-round access to camping,
picnicking and trails. Guided tours of Fisher Cave, one of more than
40 caves in the park, are provided on a seasonal basis for a nominal
fee. Water enthusiasts will enjoy swimming, fishing, rafting and canoeing
in the Meramec River. Weekdays offer substantially more solitude than
weekends. Additional facilities include a park store that offers raft
and canoe rentals, campsites (including three group sites), rental
cabins, motel rooms and a conference center. The park's rustic dining
lodge offers good food and one of the best views in the park. Some
services and facilities are only available on a seasonal basis. Meramec
State Park's visitor center offers a mix of educational exhibits including
large aquariums that display the amazing variety of aquatic life found
in the river. Here, guests can orient themselves to the park's many
permanent and seasonal attractions and facilities before venturing
out into the park.