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Mastodon State Historic Site

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Address: 1050 Charles J. Becker Dr, Imperial, MO 63052
Phone Number: 636 464 2976
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Description: Looking to take a trip to where something big happened? Try Mastodon State...
Looking to take a trip to where something big happened? Try Mastodon State Historic Site. The site is the home of the Kimmswick Bone Bed, one of the most famous and extensive Pleistocene ice age deposits of fossils, including a number of bones of giant mastodons. Interpretative trails and picnic sites dot the landscape and a museum tells the natural and cultural story of the Clovis culture, which existed in the area between 10,000 and 14,000 years ago.
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Great Park!

We went here to walk the trail. We took the trail that went along the stream & it was so nice. They have a big pavilion & playground. Beautiful place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2015
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Belleville, Illinois
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I love museums but this one is getting old and tired. I am not sure how prices go up without services going up. The trails are always beautiful and peaceful. Nice place to walk if you have been on a long road trip.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We stopped here on our way to another Missouri attraction. We had been here years ago with our daughter. Nothing has changed except the fee to see the small museum. There are a couple of hiking trails and benches and not much else. They have an old archeological dig location called the "bone bed". They should try digging around to... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We have often visited Mastodon State Historic Site. We like to take a brief walk to the stream and take a creek hike with our dogs. Usually it's not too crowded at all. There is ample parking, a nice playground for the kids, picnic benches and toilets. This time was no different, we enjoyed taking the dogs in the creek.... More 

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Belleville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We went here to walk the trail. We took the trail that went along the stream & it was so nice. They have a big pavilion & playground. Beautiful place.

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St. Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We live close to this park, so we walk the trails at least once a week. There are a couple different trails. One is less than a mile long and completely flat and another is straight up and down a hill and a little over 2 miles long. You can do both of them in less than an hour. They... More 

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Imperial, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is kinduva niche review. If you're interested in serious backpacking, and live in metro St Louis, this is a great place to get in shape, try out different pack/gear combinations, etc. before you go on that dream hike. The Limestone Trail is about two and a quarter miles long, with some good up and down, and lots of rock... More 

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Imperial, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great place to take kids for a visit to their museum or to walk the trails. they have a challenging trail, and some shorter level trails great for family walks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The museum was small, but very informative. We spent over an hour on the trails. The Limestone Trail was pretty challenging, especially for younger kids, but still a nice hike. The Bone Bed was kind of lame since you couldn't really see anything. Overall, we had a nice afternoon there. I would recommend it if you're looking for something different... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Start outside the Visitors Center and trek the 1.75 mile forested trail that follows the park boundary. a little traffic noise in some places but you soon forget that while tackling the inclines or admiring your surroundings. Bring the pups for some exercise and meet the happy hikers as you trudge the trail to happy destiny. Visitor center is informative... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Took the grandchildren here for a family day. Had lots of fun hiking the trail and seeing the museum. I would recommend. Easy access from the highway. Free entertainment.

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