GRAHAM CAVE STATE PARK
Nestled in the hills above the Loutre River in Montgomery County, Graham Cave State Park features an unusual sandstone cave that contained evidence that rewrote history books. Once used for shelter, Graham Cave became historically significant when archaeologists discovered how long ago human occupancy had occurred.
University of Missouri archaeologists uncovered artifacts revealing human use of the cave dating back to as early as 10,000 years ago. Clues to the lifestyle of the ancient Dalton and Archaic period Native Americans were uncovered. Today, visitors are allowed in the entrance of the cave, where interpretive signs point out interesting discoveries.
Surrounding Graham Cave is 356 acres of naturally diverse land designated as Graham Cave State Park. Several trails wind throughout the park's forests and glades. A boat ramp on the Loutre River provides access for boating and fishing. An open picnic shelter, playground areas and picnic sites make the park an ideal place for a day of family fun. For those in need of a longer retreat, a wooded camping area offers basic and electric campsites, modern restrooms and hot showers.
Come explore the history that unfolded at Graham Cave and enjoy nature at Graham Cave State Park.
Graham Cave Glades Natural Area is an 82-acre tract made up of sandstone and dolomite glades that support a rich diversity of characteristic glade species.
Graham Cave State Park has many species of animals such as white tailed deer, raccoons, opossum, beaver and coyote. A variety of native plants can also be found in the park, such as Carolina anemones, prickly pear cactus, purple prairie clover, wild geranium, rock pinks, and columbines.
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Located at the south end of the park, a paved boat ramp provides easy access to the Loutre River for boating and fishing. There are no fees for the boat ramp, and avid fishermen and boaters can enjoy the river between 7 a.m. and sunset. A picnic area is also near the boat ramp for gatherings of friends or families.
The boat ramp is closed from Dec. 2 through March 15.
Anglers can enjoy casting a line in the Loutre River for a chance at catfish and bluegill. There is no designated fishing area in the park. Fishing is allowed from 7 a.m. to sunset.