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Missouri Headwaters State Park

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Address: U.S. Highway 286, Three Forks, MT
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The Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers merge to form the Missouri...

The Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers merge to form the Missouri River, which was an important geographical area for early native Americans, traders, trappers and settlers.

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This is where the three rivers meet, Jefferson, Madison, and Missouri. It is a world of wonder and a must see.

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North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is where the three rivers meet, Jefferson, Madison, and Missouri. It is a world of wonder and a must see.

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St. Pete Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are thankful Montana has seen fit to create and preserve this most historical park. The park is not very big for sure, but the historical information presented is done so quite nicely. We agree with others how fascinating it is to think back over 210 years ago and marvel at the courageous explorations of Lewis and Clark not to... More 

Mesquite, Nevada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here before, but wantrd to see it again. It's impressive to see hoe the Missouri River three way forked (hence Trident) to become the headwaters of the Madison, Jefferson and Gallatin Rivers. The displays are worth walking up to and reading. It's amazing at the hostory of the area. This is not a site that takes hours and... More 

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Belgrade, Montana
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Reviewed April 13, 2017

Just off I90, 30-40 miles west of Bozeman you'll find this very nice and scenic piece of history - The Headwaters of the Missouri river - where the Jefferson, the Madison, and the Gallatin rivers all converge to form the Missouri, the longest river in the US. There are multiple trails, benches, river access and historic reader boards to talk... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed April 1, 2017

Though don't tell that to a Minnesotan! Lots of interpretive information. A strikingly beautiful spot well worthy of visiting. Personally, I would never have missed it!

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed March 6, 2017

Nice peaceful park where the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers merge to form the Missouri River. Stop and read the exhibit regarding the Lewis & Clark expedition.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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Reviewed February 25, 2017

If you enjoy learning, the old west, frontier history, Lewis and Clark etc, this is a great place to visit. The park itself is a nice place to visit with the 3 rivers that form the Missouri all coming together but then add in the history of the area and it really is a fun stop. There is are a... More 

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Reviewed February 17, 2017

Spend a lot of time around here. Kayaking, canoeing, hiking around the trails and camping. Wonder place. Lots of history to explore. It's where Lewis and Clark camped in 1805.

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Reviewed January 24, 2017

If you are a Lewis and Clark history buff, this is a must-see attraction. There are restrooms, a grassy picnic area and walking trails. There is also nearby camping and fishing access. The area looks much like it did when Lewis and Clark came through. There is also a very nice paved walking, bike riding trail that extends all the... More 

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San Diego county, CA
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Reviewed September 27, 2016

We really enjoyed sitting back and listening to the sounds while absorbing the sites. Lots of informative plaques that help show you what you are looking at as well as learning about. We loved listening to the rivers and looking across the fields that were travelled and camped in by such a historically significant group. Great spot for pictures! Perfect... More 

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