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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
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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A favorite park near to St. Louis. The museum is cool too!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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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Belton, Missouri, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Nice little hike (with lots of stairs) Not really sure where the beds were as all we saw was vegetation, the path was obvious to follow the trail but nothing marked as far as where to look for the fossil beds, we didn't call in for trail interpreter. The museum was $4 for each adult. There wasn't much to it... More 

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Saint Louis
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is a quick stop kind of museum. Definitely worth a look if your in the area and need a break from the car. The museum is small but has about 10 minutes worth of items to read and look at . Costs $4 for adults. Free for kids under 12. There is a 14 minute video that provides the... More 

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Additional Information about Mastodon State Historic Site

Address: 1050 Charles J. Becker Dr, Imperial, MO 63052
Phone Number: 636 464 2976
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Imperial
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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