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Van Meter State Park

Park Information

Van Meter State Park features remnants of the Missouria Indian village that sat at the Great Bend of the Missouri River, marked on a map by Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet in 1673. A hand-dug earthwork -- Old Fort -- and several burial mounds lie within the park’s boundaries. The state’s Indian history is interpreted in displays and exhibits at the park’s Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center. For outdoor enthusiasts, the park features hiking trails and an 18-acre fishing lake. The boardwalk that leads visitors through the Oumessourit Natural Area takes them over a freshwater marsh and fens, and through bottomland and upland forests. The park’s lofty trees shade picnic sites, picnic shelters and a campground.

Park Hours

Park Grounds

8 a.m. to sunset, daily
November through March
The road to Lake Wooldridge is closed.

Park Office hours

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

Missouri's American Indian Cultural Center hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    May through September
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday
    1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday)
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    October through March
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
    1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Monday through Friday
    April
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday
    1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Monday through Wednesday
Name that Trail: This trail is designed especially for people with visual or physical disabilities and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. The trail passes by a quarry pond, which now supports a variety of animal life. A short spur off of the trail takes hikers to the top of the granite outcrop, where they can explore the maze of giant elephant rocks. A second spur brings you to a point overlooking an old quarry site, where Missouri red granite was quarried from the 1860s through the early 1900s. Don’t know the answer? Get your copy of Trails of Missouri State Parks and read more about this and other exciting trails in Missouri state parks and historic sites at mostateparks.com.