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Meramec State Park

Cabins, Motel, Conference Center & River Float Rentals in
Beautiful Sullivan, Missouri

Welcome to Meramec State Park, a 6,896-acre state park owned and managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. From floating and fishing to dining and camping, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Book your river rental floats or lodging today and experience some of the most scenic outdoor environments found in the Ozarks.

Book Your Stay and Watercraft Rental at Meramec State Park

CCC Cabins

Hidden among the pines and hardwoods of Meramec State Park, the cabins are located throughout the park to satisfy the needs of any number of guests. Plus, we have a number of dog friendly cabins available so your canine friends can vacation with you!

Hickory Ridge Motel
& Conference Center

Perched high atop the Meramec River Valley and overlooking the park, the Hickory Ridge Motel & Conference Center is the perfect place for those wanting a beautiful and unique setting for meetings, reunions, weddings, and receptions.

River Float Trips

Floating with friends is the BEST way to experience the Meramec River! Rent a canoe, kayak or raft to paddle through the water and float slowly down the river. The Meramec is a Class I (sometimes II) river that is suitable for all levels of floating experience and expertise.

Enjoy our Favorite Trails or Fishing the Meramec River

Hill Hiking Trails

From easy 1/2 hour hikes to the 8.5 mile Wilderness Trail hike, these are some of the best Meramec State Park hiking trails.

Fishing on the Meramec River

The Meramec River is one of the most diversified rivers in North America. More than half of the fish in Missouri are found in the Meramec River. All three of the black bass can be fished, along with catfish and panfish.

About Meramec State Park

Meramec State Park is a 6,896-acre state park owned and managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. It’s located in Franklin County, Missouri approximately 60 miles southwest of St. Louis near Interstate 44 and the city of Sullivan. Within the boundary of the park flows the Meramec River — a beautiful, stream-fed waterway that meanders its way through some of the most scenic outdoor environments found in the Ozarks. The landscape features steep forested hills full of pine and various hardwoods and limestone outcroppings rising high above the cool waters of the Meramec. The name “Meramec” is derived from an Indigenous tribe that once inhabited the area and the word is believed to mean either “good fish” or “catfish”.

From floating to fishing to dining and camping and caving, there is a lot to do at Meramec State Park. Many first-time park vacationers are amazed at the variety of outdoor (and indoor) activities available within the park. Classic Ozarks-style cabins, modern motel rooms, canoe/raft rentals, casual dining atop the valley, and a fully-stocked store are just a few of the things that will ensure your visit to be one of many in the days and years ahead.

Whether you seek the mysterious environs of a deep, dark cave or to enjoy a lazy afternoon fishing or floating the river, this site will guide you to all of the necessary ingredients for making your visit to Meramec State Park one that you will cherish and remember for years to come.

Meramec State Park is located 60 miles southwest of St. Louis off of Interstate 44 at the Sullivan/Hwy. 185 exit (east exit). Take Hwy. 185 south a few miles to the park entrance. Meramec Park is a gated park, late check-in MUST call ahead.

Why Our Customers Love Us!

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Had a Great Experience and Do Recommend!

We will be back! Had a great experience and do recommend. Stayed in a large cabin with all the amenities of home. It was nice bc the weather wasn’t always cooperating. We were able unplug and play games by the fire and get out in nature. The ease and convenience of the multiple trails was great. Loved seeing the caves! Plenty to do and satisfy all age groups! Kevin and staff take pride in making their guests feel welcome. Kindness goes a long way!!! Thank you, until next time🚣🏻‍♀️⛺️

– Tricia S - Facebook
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The People Were So Great!

We booked cabin 17, the cabins hot water was having an issue. Kevin moved us to a bigger cabin next door with no problem. The people were so great. The dogs absolutely loved the place. Can't wait to come back in June. Kevin is great. Thank you for making our trip so awesome. 😘

– Lisa H - Facebook
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The River Was Beautiful and Clear!

Stayed at the cabins with the whole family and had a great time. The river was beautiful and clear! The cabins are quaint and got to just hang out and have bonfires every night. Ashley at the Fireside Store and Grill was absolutely the best!! Her positive attitude and smile will have us coming back for sure. Thanks for a great weekend!!

– Tony A - Facebook
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The Meremac River Makes For a Beautiful Float Trip!

The Meremac State Park Store has an awesome variety of handmade items, a variety of jellies and handmade soaps. The Meremac River makes for a beautiful float trip, as well! If you haven't floated the Meremac River, near Sullivan, Missouri, make sure you call to make a reservation. You can also book a stay at one of their many cabins and hike along several miles of hiking trails!! It would be a vacation worth taking!!

– Debby T - Facebook