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Grand Gulf State Park

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Address: Route 3, Thayer, MO 65791
Phone Number: +1 417-264-7600
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Some people call Grand Gulf State Park the “Little Grand Canyon.” Some just...

Some people call Grand Gulf State Park the “Little Grand Canyon.” Some just call it “breathtaking.” The park is one of the natural wonders of the Ozarks, presenting the most spectacular collapsed cave system in the Ozarks. The "Grand Gulf" stretches for more than a mile between 130 foot high walls. Visitors can view the gulf from trails on top or from the floor where they can walk under the natural bridge, which spans 250 feet with a 75-foot high opening. There is no official trail leading to the bottom so visitors should use extreme caution when attempting to access the bottom. Interpretive trails detail the formation of the gulf.

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Best Look is in Late Fall

This is a spectacular location from a geological point of view. There are good trails that make it accessible, at least from the top. However, there are not enough lookout points... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Wentworth, New Hampshire
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Wentworth, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a spectacular location from a geological point of view. There are good trails that make it accessible, at least from the top. However, there are not enough lookout points on the trail that goes along the main part of the gulf. I was here in very late fall and had trouble seeing into the canyon. It would be... More 

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Seligman, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We walked the blue and red trail but the best part was the overlook just off the parking lot. Cool place but I'm glad we went on to Mammoth Springs to make the drive worth it.

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Thank Bobjn2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Wow, some mazing views here. However, keep the following in mind: -This is literally in the middle of nowhere. There is no cell service here -The blue blazed trail is very unmaintained. There is no park ranger site here. We arrived at 9:30am. We were the only ones there. -There were bear signs posted. When we started the red blaze... More 

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Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We had a great day walked all the trails. We are in late 60's. The park is kept in good condition--very little litter (why do people throw their water bottles any where, let alone in a beautiful nature area). It had very few people there on a weekday.

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Warrensburg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Maybe over-promoted as "Grand Canyon of the Ozarks", but a pretty park with short easy trails (if you don't mind steps) to canyon overlooks and through the woodlands. We were there during dry season, so no waterfall. It's probably even better in the spring with water & wildflowers, or after the leaves have turned.

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Thank Jan S
Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We stopped here to check it out. It had good marked hiking trails. We are not able to walk that far so just looked at the overlooks and got some good pictures that way. It is worth the extra miles to get there

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Thank jmpokie
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful gorge. I was disappointed that there were only 3 trails. Only one trail actually allowed you views to the gorge. No waterfall unless raining so we missed out on that. Bring some walking sticks like us and be prepared for lots of stairs. Not for the disabled. I don't recommend this for small children either due to the cliffs... More 

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Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Walk down the trails for alot more entertainment. We enjoyed watching the wildlife on our trip down the midwests version of the grabd canyon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

The paths were clearly marked and railing and steps were steardy which is needed with the steep grade.

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Thayer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Use to hike the whole area before the state of Missouri owned the site. After the state took over they made it easier to access most of the sites with wooden and gravel paths. During the rainy season it becomes a lake hiding its beauty. Most of the year the grandeur of the sunken cave system is readily to see.

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