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Grand Gulf State Park

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Address: Route 3, Thayer, MO 65791
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+1 417-264-7600

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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Great park for hiking with scenic views...

While the "Grand Canyon" of the Mid-West may be a bit of a stretch..lol.. Grand Gulf State Park near Thayer, Mo is a very nice park that offers a very unique look at a colapsed... read more

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Mexico, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been to the Grand Gulf way before it became what it is today. Myself and my family are so please that it has been developed with visitors in mind, it is fascinating and such an awesome place to explore and so many great photo ops! As a child I called it the mini grand canyon and as an... More 

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Mexico, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While the "Grand Canyon" of the Mid-West may be a bit of a stretch..lol.. Grand Gulf State Park near Thayer, Mo is a very nice park that offers a very unique look at a colapsed cave system that serves as the main source of water for the nearby huge Mammoth Spring on the Arkansas border. The walking trails pass by... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are 2 different trails. One is a nice stroll through the woods the other takes you down alot of steps to the spring. We went off the path too so we could see the natural bridge from the bottom. Educational and nice view.

Thank Linda P
Richland, Missouri
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We toured Grand Gulf State Park during spring break. It took us a couple hours to do what we wanted to do. We did go off trail a bit. There are some great photo ops. Some of the trails are strenuous. Also, there is a good number of stairs but the view is so worth it. There are also outlooks... More 

Thank Amy F
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

I visited Grand Gulf State Park in January, 2017. It was worth the trip to say I had been there and seen the view, but I'm not sure I would want to go back. I love hiking, and the trails didn't really offer the incredible views that I've seen in other areas of Western Missouri and Arkansas. There are trails... More 

Thank Anita K
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

Nice picnic area. Bring food, drinks, and toilet paper. Plan to spend lots if time walking, or bring a book to relax on a bench

Thank MissouriReviews
Wentworth, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

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 

Thank NHGeoguy
Seligman, Missouri
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Reviewed 31 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.

Thank Bobjn2013
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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 

Thank Sleepymoose88
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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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