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Meramec State Park

Park Information

The Meramec River flows by and majestic bluffs, dramatic caves and well groomed trails surround visitors at Meramec State Park. Swim, raft or boat on the Meramec, or explore the park on one of its hiking trails. The park’s visitor center offers a large aquarium that shows the diversity of aquatic life found at the park.

Park Hours

Park Grounds

  • April through October
    7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily
  • November through March
    7 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily

The park gate opens and closes at these times.

Fisher Cave hours

Fisher Cave will open for school group tours from April 15 to Oct. 15. Educational group tours must be scheduled in advance by calling 573-468-6072.

May 15-31
Open to the general public on weekends; tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

June 1-Aug. 31
Tours available daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Sept. 1-15
Open to the general public on weekends; tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.



Park Office hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    Nov. 1 through Dec. 14 and March 16-31
    8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., daily
    Dec. 15 through March 15
    8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday through Monday

Visitor Center hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through October
    9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    November through March
    8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday
    Closed Monday through Wednesday


115 Meramec Park Drive
Sullivan, MO 63080-4271

Phone numbers

  • Park Office: (573) 468-6072
  • Lodging/Store: (573) 468-6519
  • Canoe Rentals: (573) 468-6519
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