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Rock Climbing/Rappelling

A girl rappelling down a bluffMany Missouri state parks are home to impressive rock formations, especially those in the Ozarks. Rappelling and rock climbing are allowed at five of those parks.

The sport is allowed only during certain months, and a permit must be obtained prior to your visit. To obtain a permit, visit the park office or follow the links in the table below.

Lake of the Ozarks and St. Francois state parks have areas where rappelling and rock climbing are permitted.

Rock climbing is allowed at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park from the day after Labor Day through the Wednesday before Memorial Day. Meramec State Park has a bluff where rappelling is permitted, but not rock climbing. Bouldering is only permitted at Elephant Rocks State Park.

Park Permit Link
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Middle Brook Click here for permit
Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Kaiser Click here for permit
Meramec State Park, Sullivan Click here for permit
St. Francois State Park, Bonne Terre Click here for permit