Graham Cave State Park

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Graham Cave State Park

Missouri

(573) 564-3476

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Things To Do

Overview

Nestled in the hills above the Loutre River in Montgomery County, Graham Cave State Park features an unusual sandstone cave that contained evidence that rewrote history books. Once used for shelter, Graham Cave became historically significant when archaeologists discovered how long ago human occupancy had occurred.

University of Missouri archaeologists uncovered artifacts revealing human use of the cave dating back to as early as 10,000 years ago. Clues to the lifestyle of the ancient Dalton and Archaic period Native Americans were uncovered. Today, visitors are allowed in the entrance of the cave, where interpretive signs point out interesting discoveries.

Surrounding Graham Cave is 369 acres of naturally diverse land designated as Graham Cave State Park. Several trails wind throughout the park's forests and glades. A boat ramp on the Loutre River provides access for boating and fishing. An open picnic shelter, playground areas and picnic sites make the park an ideal place for a day of family fun. For those in need of a longer retreat, a wooded camping area offers basic and electric campsites, modern restrooms and hot showers.

Map of Graham Cave (MO)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.907078, -91.576412

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Activities

  • Boating

    Get easy access to the Loutre River for boating and fishing on the paved boat ramp, which is located at the south end of the park. There are no fees for the boat ramp, and avid fishermen and boaters can enjoy the river between 7 a.m. and sunset.

  • Camping

    For overnight guests, basic and electric campsites are nestled in a wooded area of the park with access to hiking trails. The campground is open year-round and a dump station is available. During the on-season (April through October), modern restrooms, showers and potable water are available. Reservations can be made for stays during the on-season. For reservations, there is a required two-night minimum stay for weekends.

  • Caving

    Visitors are allowed in the entrance of Graham Cave, where interpretive signs point out interesting archeological discoveries.

  • Fishing

    Anglers can enjoy casting a line in the Loutre River for a chance at catfish and bluegill. There is no designated fishing area in the park. Fishing is allowed from 7 a.m. to sunset.

  • Hiking

    Several hiking trails wind through the park allowing visitors to enjoy an up-close look at the park's combination of moist bottomland forests, rocky oak-hickory forest and glades.

  • Historic Sites

    An interpretive shelter near the entrance to the cave discusses the archeological discoveries inside the cave, and the park visitor center has educational displays about the natural and cultural features of the park.

  • Picnicking

    Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of four scattered picnic areas near the boat ramp, interpretive shelter and visitor center. For the kids, playgrounds are conveniently located nearby.

    For larger gatherings, a covered shelter is reservable April through October and is available on a first-come, first-served basis during the off season. The shelter can occupy up to 80 people. Reservations must be made two weeks in advance.

  • RVing

    For overnight guests, basic and electric campsites are nestled in a wooded area of the park with access to hiking trails. The campground is open year-round and a dump station is available. During the on-season (April through October), modern restrooms, showers and potable water are available. Reservations can be made for stays during the on-season. For reservations, there is a required two-night minimum stay for weekends.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Within Graham Cave State Park, you may encounter many species of animals such as white tailed deer, raccoons, opossum, beaver and coyote. A variety of native plants can also be found in the park, such as Carolina anemones, prickly pear cactus, purple prairie clover, wild geranium, rock pinks, and columbines.

Seasonality/Weather

The boat ramp is closed from Dec. 2 through March 15.

During the off-season (November through March), modern restrooms, showers and potable water are not available. Campers should plan to bring their own potable water during this time.

Directions

Driving

From St. Charles Graham Cave State Park is approximately 54 miles west of St. Charles. Allow one hour for the trip, depending upon traffic. Travel west on I-70 to Exit 170 (Danville/Montgomery City). Turn right, then turn immediately left onto Hwy. TT (north outer road). Continue on Hwy. TT for two miles; it ends in the state park.

From Kansas City Graham Cave State Park is approximately 162 miles east of Kansas City. Allow three hours for the trip, depending upon traffic. Travel east on I-70 to Exit 170 (Danville/Montgomery City). Turn left, then make another immediate left onto Hwy. TT (north outer road). Continue on Hwy. TT for two miles; it ends in the state park.

From Jefferson City Graham Cave State Park is approximately 61 miles northeast of Jefferson City. Allow 1 hour 15 minutes for the trip, depending upon traffic. Travel north on U.S. Hwy. 54 to Kingdom City. Take I-70 east to Exit 170 (Danville/Montgomery City). Turn left, then make another immediate left onto Hwy. TT (north outer road). Continue on Hwy. TT for two miles; it ends in the state park.

From Hannibal Graham Cave State Park is approximately 110 miles southwest of Hannibal. Allow two hours for the trip, depending upon traffic. Travel south on U.S. Hwy. 61 south to Wentzville. Take I-70 west to Exit 170 (Danville/Montgomery City). Turn right, then turn immediately left onto Hwy. TT (north outer road). Continue on Hwy. TT for two miles; it ends in the state park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(573) 564-3476

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