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“A must see Missouri attraction”

Maramec Spring Park
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Owner description: Spring favored by underwater cave explorers.
Missouri, United States
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42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A must see Missouri attraction”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

We visited Maramec Spring Park during Old Forge Days and loved it. Great fishing, two museums on property and lots of great outdoor areas to explore. Beautiful setting with crystal clear blue water in a lovely setting. Well worth the admission fee and a great place to spend a beautiful day.

Visited October 2013
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Springfield, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Combining beauty with history”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Missouri has many wonderful springs, but our visit to Maramec Springs was one of the most pleasant. I had visited years ago when I was in college and only remembered the old ironworks. But there is much more to see. We parked and walked around the spring, which was cool and beautiful. Put a quarter in the machine to get some fish food, and you can enjoy watching the big trout come to the surface for their share. We walked past the fish hatchery areas and across the road to the ironworks, which were operating in the 1830s. There are excellent signs explaining what everything was and how it worked. It is incredible to imagine how hard these people worked with 1830s technology to accomplish what they did. There is a visitor center and a small historical museum, which was closed when we visited. I recommend the historic drive which takes you up the hill to overlook the old open pit mine. You also can hike to the mine if you want and have the time. Coming down the narrow gravel road, it's hard to imagine this was once a major cross-country thoroughfare. Along the road are interpretive signs telling you about the people who lived there and what their lives were like. Plenty of families were enjoying a picnic around the spring area, and quite a few trout anglers reeled in their catches while we were there. This is a good attraction for almost anyone, from families to senior citizens. You can combine natural beauty with a lesson in history.

Visited September 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

If you're looking for a beautiful place to spend the day playing, hiking, picnicking, wading, fishing, or just soaking in the views, Maramec Spring is the place. It's full of history from when the Iron Works was there and is currently a fish hatchery. The spring itself is something to behold...amazing to think how many gallons of blue water bubbling up from the ground! No matter your age, the park has something for you.

Visited August 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Lots to see”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

This is a great place to visit whether you're going there to fish or just sight see. The old iron works are a fascinating piece of early American history. The nature museum and the early American farm equipment will satisfy both kids and grandparents. Adults and children alike will delight in hand feeding the trout in the rearing pools. They go crazy when you toss a handful of chow in the water! Bring some quarters for the fish food dispensers. Maramec Spring that feeds the rearing pools and the spring branch that the trout park is in is an awesome sight. Take a quick drive and see the old iron mine. Its amazing that it was all dug out by hand. I primarily use the campground as a base for trout fishing the upper Meramec river that borders the park. It is a family and fisherman-oriented campground that is quiet in the evenings as many people that are there are getting up early to fish the trout park at first light. There are fish cleaning stations with running water. They have a shower-house with warm showers that are great after fishing or hiking all day. There is plenty of info on the web about the trout park and regulations. It can also be used as a base of operations for seeing sights around St. James, but there is so much to do and see in the park that one rarely needs to leave the premises. There is a small cafe and general store that stocks a few things you might have forgot. It is a good idea to reserve a camping spot a couple weeks in advance, and would definitely recommend a few weeks in advance if a popular summer weekend or when they have events at the park. Their website has all the info you need for rates and reservations. Bring cash if you don't want to get hammered with a big ATM fee at the store. I've been there over a dozen times and still find areas I haven't explored. All within 15 minutes off I-44 exit 195 at St. James. Enjoy! http://www.maramecspringpark.com/

Visited June 2013
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Rolla, Missouri
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9 attraction reviews
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“Great trout fishing and interesting historical landmark in St James.”
Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

We come here regularly to enjoy hiking trails and the spring. come here October for the Meramec Iron Works days and get a taste for the wonderful history of this park.

the park has a number of small museums that showcase the history of the Ozarks and this park including a museum dedicated to farm implements such as old tractors, and Museum that highlights the history of the Iron Works in this area.plan on spending a couple of hours here to tour the museums, walk around the spring and walk down to the river. There is a campground here and trout hatchery for viewing. There's also a driving tour the highlights some of the ironworks history.

A great side trip from the wineries in St James and the surrounding area. The admission price last time I was there was $4 a car. However, if you want to fish there are separate costs for that.

For those interested in longer hikes, there are numerous nearby hiking trails. There are also numerous other fishing opportunities for those interested in that.

Visited October 2012
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