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“Very nice, little-used state park. Excellent for birding. An unfound gem!”

Pershing State Park
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Laclede
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Owner description: Wander through a slice of pre-settlement landscape at Pershing State Park. The park includes a boardwalk and hiking trail that winds through a wet prairie near a meandering stream with oxbow sloughs and cutoffs, and into a bottomland forest. The park’s wetlands attract a variety of birds and waterfowl as well as scores of other wildlife species. Locust Creek and four small lakes give anglers a chance to try their skills and a shady campground with electric and basic campsites makes the park an ideal overnight location.
Reviewed April 13, 2013

We've been here several times, and enjoyed it every time. We've always been surprised by the fact that we see very, very few other people there, in spite of the fact that the park is very well maintained, has excellent picnic areas, several very nice trails, and a great variety of wildlife and birds to see. Our favorite walk there is a boardwalk trail that goes through a hardwood swamp out into a marsh area. The birding all along this boardwalk is excellent. On the edge of the marsh there is an observation tower, and there are several sitting areas along the boardwalk trail. There are forests, ponds, creeks, swamps, savannahs, and marshes there, and each holds its own variety of wildlife.

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Reviewed May 8, 2012

If you are ready for the great outdoors, then visit this park. It is small, but would suit your needs for a picnic or hike.

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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Since this park is close to us, we often use the boardwalk and park facilities for outings. Very well maintained and the camp sites are clean.

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Reviewed February 14, 2012

The park has campgrounds and picnic facilities and trails that explore the forest, swamp, and prairie that converge here.

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