Annual attendance in Missouri State Parks tops 20 million for first time ever

More than 20 million people visited Missouri State Parks in 2016, setting a new attendance record and marking the first time that milestone was achieved, according to a release. Missouri trails and state parks are important drivers of tourism and economic activity

Among the parks seeing significant attendance gains in 2016 to date were:

  • Castlewood State Park, which has had over 775,000 visitors (up from 660,000 in 2015)
  • Dr. Edmund A. Babler State Park, which has had more than 675,000 visitors (up from 298,000)
  • Elephant Rocks State Park, which has had over 345,000 visitors (up from 300,000)
  • Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, which has had over 365,000 visitors (up from 318,000)
  • Long Branch State Park, which has had over 442,000 visitors (up from 395,000)
  • Mastodon State Historic Site, which has had over 553,000 visitors (up from 480,000)
  • Onondaga Cave State Park, which has had over 315,000 visitors (up from 254,000)
  • Sam A. Baker State Park, which has had over 1,264,000 visitors (up from 1,097,000)
  • St. Francois State Park, which has had over 294,000 visitors (up from 265,000)
  • St. Joe State Park, which has had over 629,000 visitors (up from 579,000)
  • Table Rock State Park, which has had over 1,224,000 visitors (up from 1,033,000)
  • Trail of Tears State Park, which has had over 152,000 visitors (up from 105,000)
  • Washington State Park, which has had over 271,000 visitors (up from 214,000)
  • Watkins Mill State Park & State Historic Site, which has had 493,000 visitors (up from 454,000)
  • Weston Bend State Park, which has had 236,000 visitors (up from 181,000)