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Address: 13640 S. Hwy. 102, East Prairie, MO 63845
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A visit to Big Oak Tree State Park is a visit to Missouri as the first...

A visit to Big Oak Tree State Park is a visit to Missouri as the first explorers saw it. Towering hickory trees and oaks form a canopy that averages more than 120 feet in height and the soaring trees and marshy terrain translates visitors back to when southeast Missouri was dubbed “Swampeast Missouri.” The trees and wetlands make the park a prime place for wildlife as well as picnic sites and shelters that are shaded by trees that have seen centuries of history. A self-guided boardwalk trail and an interpretive center tell the story of this rich landscape.

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Big Oak Tree State Park

The ice storm 2 1/2 years ago damaged the trees severely, felling at least one of the state record trees for which the park is noted. The small visitors center is closed. The pool... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 July 2012
Bruce B
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Poplar Bluff, Missouri
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Saint Peters
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

I had been wanting to visit this out of the way state park for years, and it wasn't at all what I was hoping for. It is a strange place. First, the signage is not very helpful in finding it, and the GPS maps all took me to a farmers house on the backside of the park opposite the entrance.... More 

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Holcomb, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015 via mobile

Once you actually find the entrance to this park, it is great! Google the address, not the name of the park. Nor should you use the hyperlink the website offers. The entrance is off 102! Beautiful BIG trees...oak and cypress tower over you! Not as big as redwoods but marvelous nonetheless. Nice well marked trails and boardwalk, but the metal... More 

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Charleston, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2014

Let me begin by saying if you're a naturalist, arborist, or someone who just really likes seeing nature that is not seen everyday, you could still very much enjoy this park, but if you're a typical traveler you'll probably walk away disappointed. Unfortunately, this park has been hit hard by uncontrollable forces. The champion Bur Oak was toppled in 2009,... More 

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Poplar Bluff, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

The ice storm 2 1/2 years ago damaged the trees severely, felling at least one of the state record trees for which the park is noted. The small visitors center is closed. The pool whichdraws fishermen has dried up almost completely in this year's severe drought. Bird watching is still good, though it would be better without the drought. There... More 

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Florissant, Missouri, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2012

Two trails. We took one that was supposed to be through a swamp. It was on an interesting metal "boardwalk" (presumably to keep you dry, but we were there during a dry spell). The "boardwalk" was not very well maintained, with many sections marked off as hazardous because of sunken parts of the metal. Several state champion trees can be... More 

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