Meramec State Park

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Coordinates: 38°12′24″N 91°6′9″W / 38.20667°N 91.10250°W / 38.20667; -91.10250
Meramec State Park
Missouri State Park
Fisher Cave Stalactiflat.JPG
Country United States
State Missouri
County Franklin, Crawford, and Washington Counties
Coordinates 38°12′24″N 91°6′9″W / 38.20667°N 91.10250°W / 38.20667; -91.10250
Area 10.8 sq mi (28 km2)
Founded 1927

Meramec State Park is located near Sullivan, Missouri, about 60 miles from St. Louis, along the Meramec River. The park has diverse ecosystems such as hardwood forests, and glades. There are over 40 caves located throughout the park, the geology of which is a mixture of limestone and dolomite. The most famous is Fisher Cave, located near the campgrounds. The park borders the Meramec Conservation Area.

In the late 1970s, as part of the Meramec Basin Project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began work on a dam in the park to impound the river. The resulting reservoir would have permanently flooded much of the park and imperiled many different species, including the endangered Indiana bat. However, in response to direct citizen action against the dam, the project was halted, marking a victory for the environmental movement.[1]

The bottom South East corner of the park includes the old Hamilton Ironworks, after which the Ozarks fiddle tune Hamilton Ironworks is named.[2][3]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

The park has a number of places on the National Register of Historic Places:


  1. ^ Watkins, Connor (2006). "The Meramec Basin Project; A Look Back 25 Years Later". Conor Watkins' Ozark Mountain Experience. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  2. ^ Kevin Lohraff Hiking Missouri Page 139 map "Fisher Cave, Old Hamilton Ironworks"
  3. ^ Drew Beisswenger, Gordon McCann Ozarks Fiddle Music 2011- Page 186 "Cecil learned “Hamilton Ironworks” from Gene, who learned it in the 1950s from Roy Wooliver."

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