Big Oak Tree State Park


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Big Oak Tree State Park


Location:East on Hwy 80 off I-55, 14 miles south of East Prairie on Highway 102 in Mississippi County.
Facilities:Day-use park with picnic sites, picnic shelter, hiking and interpretive trails (é), boat ramp, nature center, interpretive exhibits.
Activities:Lake fishing, hiking, picnicking.
Special Features:Park derives its name from giant trees, some of which have been identified as the largest of their species within the state, and two that are national champions. The park's cypress swamp, with its bald cypress trees, is the only one of its kind in the state. A boardwalk through the park allows visitors a close-up view of this remnant of the vast swamp forest that once covered Missouri's "bootheel" region.
Address:13640 S Hwy 102
East Prairie, MO 63845

Phone:573-649-3149
Web: www.mostateparks.com/bigoak.htm
Size: 1,029 acres.

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Pumpkin Ash (307 points) and Swamp Chestnut Oak (435 points): Both of these trees are located in an 80-acre patch of remnant Mississippi River flood plain virgin forest protected in Big Oak Tree State Park in the extreme southeastern corner of Missouri.
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If you drive south on State Route 102 from East Prairie, across the table-flat farmlands of Mississippi County, it's easy to pick out the boundaries of Big Oak Tree State Park.
Tiny Big Oak Tree State Park outranked Washington's Olympic National Park, which had seven champions on nearly a million acres and, in turn, was outranked by only Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which had 15.