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Big Oak Tree State Park

13640 S Highway 102, East Prairie, MO 63845-8768
+1 573-649-3149
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No place else like this in Missouri!

This park is an excellent example of the hardwood bottom-lands that existed in the bootheel of... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2018
485maryjanef
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Jackson, Missouri
Apply bug spray!

We are visiting all 88 Missouri parks and sites this year and we made our way south to visit Big... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
BeachcomberMissouri
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Missouri
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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 a shelter that are shaded by trees that have seen centuries of history. A self-guided boardwalk trail and an overlook have feature interpretive panels that tell the story of this rich landscape.
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28 May 2017
“Apply bug spray!”
3 Jan 2018
“No place else like this in Missouri!”
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13640 S Highway 102, East Prairie, MO 63845-8768
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+1 573-649-3149
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This park is an excellent example of the hardwood bottom-lands that existed in the bootheel of Missouri before the area was extensively timbered and then drained. Giant trees grow here and because of this unique habitat, a large number of bird species are found throughout...More

Thank 485maryjanef
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Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

We are visiting all 88 Missouri parks and sites this year and we made our way south to visit Big Oak Tree State Park. We made it about exhale way through the boardwalk route when we were overtaken by mosquitoes. I mean it was an...More

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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...More

Thank barkus1968
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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...More

2  Thank Vanessa C
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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...More

2  Thank Rod D
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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...More

1  Thank Bruce B
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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...More

3  Thank dorsalmo
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