Family Weekender: St. Louis

Graham Cave State Park
By Gary Lantz
Go Guide: Graham Cave State Park

Activities: Hiking, camping, picnicking, nature study, wildlife viewing.

Age Levels: All ages.

Hours from St. Louis: One hour plus.

Getting There: Graham Cave State Park is two miles west of Danville off I-70 on Hwy TT in Montgomery County.

Contact: Graham Cave State Park, Montgomery City, MO, (573)564-3476

Reference: Missouri's Masterpieces: State Parks and State Historic Sites, distributed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, PO Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Call 1-800-334-6946, or visit


This park is a great little place for kids to stretch their legs on a sunny winter afternoon. Only 357 acres, Graham Cave has an appealing intimacy plus an expansive bluff shelter cave that may have been inhabited for at least 10,000 years — possibly even more.

A modest, user-friendly trail meanders through Missouri glades, and oak and prairie savannah. Overhead, sandstone bluffs feature overhangs that form some wonderfully scenic waterfalls in the wet season. Campgrounds and picnic areas can be found near the Loutre River bordering the park.

When the little ones tire of the trail, interject a short history lesson with the aid of park office displays or at the interpretive shelter nearby. This park is tailor made for families with a few hours to burn and the urge to see their city in the rear view mirror for a change.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 20 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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