Morris State Park

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Morris State Park

Missouri

(573) 748-5340

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Overview

A very distinctive phenomenon in southeast Missouri known as Crowley's Ridge is the predominant feature of Morris State Park. The ridge, which extends well beyond the park boundaries, stands on average about 200 feet above the Mississippi River delta floodplain and consists of a strip of low hills from about one-half to five or more miles wide. Crowley's Ridge consists of unusual soil types and rare plant species. Morris State Park was donated to the state by Jim D. Morris to assist in the preservation of this unique natural and geologic feature.

The 161-acre park is a feature along Crowley's Ridge Parkway, a scenic byway consisting of a 42-mile route that starts at the Dunklin-Stoddard County line on Highway 25 and runs south to Malden. Morris State Park is one of many sites that can be visited along the parkway that portrays the natural, cultural or historical significance of the area.

The park offers a two-mile loop trail that extends through a large portion of Crowley's Ridge, taking visitors to the lowest point of the park. The trail also passes near the park's predominant geologic feature, a very large soil exposure, which depicts the natural erosion of the alluvial soil. A restroom, parking area and interpretive kiosks are available at the park.

Map of Morris (MO)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.554166, -90.043220

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Activities

  • Hiking

    This two-mile trail allows visitors to experience a unique part of Missouri known as Crowley's Ridge. The uniqueness of the region and the unusual soil types provide a home for more than 300 different types of plants, a few of which are native in Missouri only to Crowley's Ridge. The trailhead features an accessible walkway that leads to an overlook, which provides views of the surrounding forest.

Directions

Driving

From St. Louis: Take I-55 south to Exit 66B at Sikeston. Take U.S. Highway 60 west for approximately 24 miles to Dexter. Turn south onto Highway 25 and proceed to Business 25, then to Route J at Malden. Turn right onto Route J and travel approximately five miles to Route WW. Turn left onto Route WW; the park entrance is approximately 1.5 miles ahead on the left.

From Memphis, Tennessee: Take I-55 north to Exit 66B at Sikeston. Take U.S. Highway 60 west for approximately 24 miles to Dexter. Turn south onto Highway 25 and proceed to Business Highway 25, then to Route J at Malden. Turn right onto Route J and travel approximately five miles to Route WW. Turn left onto Route WW; the park entrance is approximately 1.5 miles ahead on the left.

From Jefferson City: Take U.S. Highway 54 east to Kingdom City. Take I-70 east to Exit 210A-U.S. Highway 41/61-Kirkwood-Forest Park. Take U.S. Highway 40 east to Exit 25/I-270/Chicago/Memphis; merge onto I-270 south and continue for approximately 11 miles. Take Exit 1B-A/I-55/St. Louis/Memphis and travel south on I-55 to Exit 66B at Sikeston. Take U.S. Highway 60 west for approximately 24 miles to Dexter. Turn south onto Highway 25 and proceed to Business 25, then to Route J at Malden. Turn right onto Route J and travel approximately five miles to Route WW. Turn left onto Route WW; the park entrance is approximately 1.5 miles ahead on the left.

From Springfield, Missouri: Take U.S. Highway 60 east approximately 280 miles to Dexter. Turn south onto Highway 25 and proceed to Business 25, then to Route J at Malden. Turn right onto Route J and travel approximately five miles to Route WW. Turn left onto Route WW; the park entrance is approximately 1.5 miles ahead on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(573) 748-5340

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