1st: Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton; 573-346-2986
It’s an annual tradition for Ha Ha Tonka State Park to bring home the top state park spot for fishing, hiking, swimming and much more. The park may be best known for its meandering trails that take you around the park and the ruins from a castle that was destroyed by a fire in 1942. The mid-Missouri location makes it popular for outdoor enthusiasts from all over.
2nd: Elephant Rocks State Park; 573-546-3454
This state park in Iron County is not one that will be forgotten because of the giant boulders formed from 1.5-billion-year-old granite. The massive formations stand end-to-end like a train of circus elephants, giving the park its name.
EC: Echo Bluff State Park, Eminence; 844-322-3246
This 476-acre park is the perfect place to get away from it all. Echo Bluff offers 8 miles of trails to hike along with numerous floating, swimming and fishing opportunities to boot. Don’t want to leave so quick? No problem, the park boasts an iconic lodge with guestrooms and nine full-service cabins. Plenty of camping opportunities are also available.
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