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Grand Gulf State Park

Route 3, Thayer, MO 65791
+1 417-264-7600
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Can't wait to come back

Thank you Trip Advisor. We were short on time but took an hour to take it in. It was a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
via mobile
Interesting Topography

If you're in the area, you should try coupling this with something else, like a trip to Mammoth... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
Joplin, Missouri
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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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  • Very good57%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Route 3, Thayer, MO 65791
+1 417-264-7600
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Thank you Trip Advisor. We were short on time but took an hour to take it in. It was a beautiful fall day and we made the most of it. Thank you

Thank clarson2016
Reviewed 9 September 2017

If you're in the area, you should try coupling this with something else, like a trip to Mammoth Spring, AR. They are just minutes apart. I wouldn't drive a long distance just to see Grand Gulf SP. Don't get me wrong, I loved it, but...More

2  Thank Shannon64804
Reviewed 27 April 2017

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...More

Thank VacaDream
Reviewed 21 April 2017

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...More

Thank CARL H
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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
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...More

Thank Amy F
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...More

Thank Anita K
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
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...More

Thank RLaurenceDavis
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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Drake Y
7 March 2017|
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Response from RLaurenceDavis | Reviewed this property |
As everyone else says-it's free. There are a couple of marked trails and then there is an unmarked one that starts off a main trail that goes up a side canyon. It is in below the parking/visitors area. This trail leads to... More