The Ozarks is known across the state and around the country for its stunning beauty. Picturesque places to visit include:
Grand Gulf State Park
Known as the “Little Grand Canyon of the Ozarks,” this park features the area’s most spectacular collapsed cave system. Grand Gulf spans more than a mile between 130 foot high walls, and part of the roof that didn’t fall approximately ten thousand years ago is now a 250-foot-long natural bridge. While its beautiful scenery makes it worth a visit any time of year, it’s said that the best time to see the inner gorge is during the winter months as the surrounding trees are free of leaves.
Onondaga Cave State Park
With 63,000 caves throughout Missouri, it is no wonder that its nickname is the Cave State. Onondaga Cave State Park should not be missed as it features an impressive display of stalagmites, stalactites, and sandstone, which is why this underground wonderland is a Natural National Landmark. Onondaga is one of four show caves in the state that offers a public tours, and visitors will also see brown bats, grotto salamanders, and other species.
Elephant Rocks State Park
This is an unusual park as it is home to the elephant rocks which formed from 1.5 billion-year-old granite. According to the park’s website, these giant boulders stand end-to-end like the train of circus elephants. They draw visitors, including geologists and history buffs, from across the United States who enjoy walking under and around them. Elephant park’s one mile interpretive Braille Trail is the first state park trail in Missouri especially designed for visitors with physical or visual handicaps.
Other wonders of the Ozarks include Rocky Falls, Montauk State Park, and Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park.
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