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Big Oak Tree State Park

Park Information

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.

Park Hours

Park Grounds:

6 a.m. to 10 p.m., year-round.

Park Office hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through September
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
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