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Description - **Note: This information was provided by www.mostateparks.com.

Often referred to as Missouri's "Little Grand Canyon," Grand Gulf State Park offers visitors a chance to view a variety of natural wonders. From a canyon to a cave to a natural bridge -- this state park has plenty to see and much to do. The 322-acre park presents the most spectacular collapsed cave system in the Ozarks. Part of the cave's roof forms one of the largest natural bridges in the state, spanning 200 feet with an opening 75 feet high and 50 feet wide.

The "Grand Gulf" stretches for nearly a mile with walls almost 130 feet high, making the chasm deeper than it is wide. Trails, boardwalks and overlooks have been installed so that visitors can get a view from the edge of the cliffs and descend partway into the chasm without endangering themselves or the environment. Outdoor exhibits tell the story of the Grand Gulf and help onlookers understand how it was formed. Visitors can also enjoy several hiking trails from which to explore the canyon from above.

Picnic tables are scattered among the trees to enhance your enjoyment as you explore this designated National Natural Landmark.

Attractions - There are three picnic sites along the tree-shaded rim of the gulf available for day use. The park has no running water and only a vault toilet. There is no camping allowed on park property.

Recreation - Grand Gulf State Park features four platform overlooks connected by a one-fourth mile boardwalk for scenic viewing of the gulf. Also, a 118-step descent to the bottom of the gulf can be accessed from the parking lot.

Climate - Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.

Location - Route 3, Box 3554

Thayer, MO 65791

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Grand Gulf State Park , Route 3, Box 3554 , Thayer, Missouri, 65791, Phone: (417) 264-7600
, moparks@dnr.mo.gov

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