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Van Meter State Park

32146 N Highway 122, Miami, MO 65344-2018
+1 660-886-7537
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Good place for a quick picnic stop, but that's it

There are a few state parks in north Missouri, but most of those serve as merely picnic stops--no... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
Robin F
Marceline, Missouri
A view of the lake

Van Meter State Park has some trails that lead to a nice view of the lake; otherwise, not much... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2016
United States
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Van Meter State Park features remnants of the Missouria Indian village that sat at the Great Bend of the Missouri River, marked on a map by Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet in 1673. A hand-dug earthwork -- Old Fort -- and several burial mounds lie within the park’s boundaries. The state’s Indian history is interpreted in displays and exhibits at the park’s Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center. For outdoor enthusiasts, the park features hiking trails and an 18-acre fishing lake. The boardwalk that leads visitors through the Oumessourit Natural Area takes them over a freshwater marsh and fens, and through bottomland and upland forests. The park’s lofty trees shade picnic sites, picnic shelters and a campground.
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good43%
  • Average16%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible8%
26 Sep 2016
“Pumpkin weekend here we come”
8 May 2017
“Good place for a quick picnic stop, but that's it”
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32146 N Highway 122, Miami, MO 65344-2018
+1 660-886-7537
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

There are a few state parks in north Missouri, but most of those serve as merely picnic stops--no bathrooms, vending machines, or welcome centers. Van Meter State Park is one of those. If you want to stop and have a short picnic and a chance...More

1  Thank Robin F
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Van Meter State Park has some trails that lead to a nice view of the lake; otherwise, not much going on there when we were there.

Thank AAHolt
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

I don't make it every year anymore. But my sister and her husband started the tradition when their children were 4. They are now 41. They park is nice and we would hike all over the place. The kids play games and ride their bicycles....More

Thank naidapv
Reviewed 20 July 2015

We enjoyed our day at Van Meter and took the kids to see the Indian Mounds, the lake, and went through the museum. They thoroughly enjoyed the displays and learned quite a bit. I wish they had more up to date exhibits, but we can't...More

Thank chrisoverly
Reviewed 22 October 2014

We were so pleasantly surprised at how lovely this park is. The staff at the visitor center were very helpful and welcoming. The Indian Center is very professionally done and full of interesting information -- great for adults and kids. While we didn't camp here,...More

Thank Linda E
Reviewed 28 September 2014

Hi, we just stayed at this campground and must say on the positive note, the park is well mowed and the lone shower is clean. On the downside, there is no supervision, and a loud party moved in around our site and we were literally...More

3  Thank Robert W
Reviewed 2 September 2014 via mobile

This state park camp site is very well maintained. Grass is mowed. The shower house is probably the nicest we have used. Clean showers and bathrooms. Good water pressure and plenty of hot water. The campsite is very handicapped accessible. All the sites are very...More

Thank cochrans58
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Van Meter is a nice state park located along the Missouri rivver and contains a lot of native american history. We stayed over a holiday weekend at their campground and we were really impressed. The campground was smaller than many of the other state parks...More

Thank GO_young_traveler
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We went Easter weekend, and tent camped one night, for the first time with our small children. We had a wonderful time! The campsites are very nice, the one we chose was large enough for two or three tents! The site was back from the...More

Thank bookitybee
Reviewed 23 July 2013 via mobile

We camped at Van Meter for three nights. It has a small 22 site campground. Nice shower house and playground but the dump station is in Marshall about 10 miles away. The visitors center was also quite nice especially if you have an interest in...More

2  Thank LCB72
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