Wilderness Trail-Meramec State Park

Sullivan, Missouri 63080

Wilderness Trail-Meramec State Park

Wilderness Trail-Meramec State Park Professional Guide

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"Located on the northern perimeter of the Ozarks, the 6,896-acre Meramec State Park is one of Missouri’s natural treasures. Flanked on the east side by the Meramec River, this area is known for rich glades, mature hardwood forests, and numerous caves. Wildlife is abundant in the park, and you may encounter a bobcat, white-tailed deer, or even a black bear as you explore this area. Some of the caves are open for exploration, and you may encounter rare species of bats there.

The Wilderness Trail is the longest trail in the park and the only one designated for backpacking. Eight backpacking campsites are provided along the trail, although it is possible to hike it in a single day if you’re looking for a more challenging day hike. If you chose to hike on the Wilderness Trail, you will not be disappointed, as the trail cuts through the most rugged and remote areas of the park."

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Best Hikes Near St. Louis (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner
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"The Wilderness Trail in Meramec State Park is a b eautiful 8.6-mile hike through a portion of the park’s 6,896 acres. While the park offers several miles of hiking/back- packing trails and numerous backcountry camping sites, the caves tend to be the biggest draw to the park. More than forty caves, including the popular Fisher Cave, grace the area." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis (Menasha Ridge Press)
Steve Henry
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"The Wilderness Trail, Meramec State Park’s longest hike, is beautiful and remote. You’ll enjoy splendid solitude as you wander past caves, springs, bluffs, glades, and hundreds of rock outcroppings and ledges. With ten backpack camps scattered along its length, the Wilderness Trail is an excellent trek for day hikers and backpackers alike." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Missouri Ozarks (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler Tanner
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"The Wilderness Trail in Meramec State Park is a beautiful hike through a portion of the park’s 6,896 acres. While the park offers several miles of hiking/backpacking trails and numerous backcountry camping sites, the caves tend to be the park’s biggest draw. More than forty caves grace the area, including the popular Fisher Cave." Read more
Hiking Ozarks (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner
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"The Wilderness Trail in Meramec State Park is a beautiful 8.6-mile hike through a portion of the park’s 6,896 acres. While the park offers several miles of hiking/backpacking trails and numerous backcountry campsites, the caves tend to be the biggest draw to the park. More than forty caves grace the area, including the popular Fisher Cave." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: St. Louis (Menasha Ridge Press)
Steve Henry
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"Meramec State Park’s five short trails, ranging in length from 0.5 to 1.8 miles, explore deep hollows, steep cliffs, cave entrances, and riverside forests, and they climb to several panoramic overlooks of the Meramec River. When you tire of the park’s outdoor scenery, you can descend into its underground wilderness with a guided tour of Fisher Cave." Read more

Wilderness Trail-Meramec State Park Reviews

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11/1/2008
Today's hike was gorgeous. Weather was perfect! The leaves were turning quite nice. My wife and I started on the Goat Cliff trail which travels north. We took its turn back east and south to enjoy three fantastic overlooks. McAdams Peak is given a special name, but the overlook before that was actually nicer. We cut back down towards the Visitor's center by using the Hickory and Oak trails for a hike that was over 2 miles. What you gain in fantastic weather you lose in privacy. The trails were a bit too crowded this day, which was a turnoff. What I really enjoy is solitude and overnight backpacking. Illinois State Parks don't cater to the backpacking, and Pere Marquette, on this fantastic day, couldn't offer the solitude. Oh well.
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12/12/2005
Good hike for Southern Illinois. A few nice outlooks and a lot of time in the woods away from highways, etc. Trails are well maintained. A great day hike.
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Trail Information

Sullivan
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
Spring-fall
Season
Meramec State Park, 115 Meramec Park Dr., Sullivan, MO 63080; (573) 468-6072; https://mostateparks.com/trails/meramec-state-park?type=backpacking
Local Contacts
USGS Meramec State Park; trail map available at park office.
Local Maps

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