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Missouri Headwaters State Park

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Address: U.S. Highway 286, Three Forks, MT
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+1 406-994-4042

The Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers merge to form the Missouri...

The Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers merge to form the Missouri River, which was an important geographical area for early native Americans, traders, trappers and settlers.

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History buff must stop

If you enjoy learning, the old west, frontier history, Lewis and Clark etc, this is a great place to visit. The park itself is a nice place to visit with the 3 rivers that form... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Sioux City, Iowa
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Sioux City, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you enjoy learning, the old west, frontier history, Lewis and Clark etc, this is a great place to visit. The park itself is a nice place to visit with the 3 rivers that form the Missouri all coming together but then add in the history of the area and it really is a fun stop. There is are a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spend a lot of time around here. Kayaking, canoeing, hiking around the trails and camping. Wonder place. Lots of history to explore. It's where Lewis and Clark camped in 1805.

Thank paddletothesea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are a Lewis and Clark history buff, this is a must-see attraction. There are restrooms, a grassy picnic area and walking trails. There is also nearby camping and fishing access. The area looks much like it did when Lewis and Clark came through. There is also a very nice paved walking, bike riding trail that extends all the... More 

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San Diego county, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We really enjoyed sitting back and listening to the sounds while absorbing the sites. Lots of informative plaques that help show you what you are looking at as well as learning about. We loved listening to the rivers and looking across the fields that were travelled and camped in by such a historically significant group. Great spot for pictures! Perfect... More 

Thank JandMH
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

A few months back I visited the confluence of the Mississippi/Missouri near St. Louis. I decided it would be nice to visit the headwaters of the Missouri. I was pleasantly surprised. There were several different areas to visit, all with hiking trails and informative exhibits. A short walk will get you to the actual confluence of the Jefferson and Madison... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We came to see the headwaters as part of a Lewis and Clark tour and were surprised to find such an inviting, full featured park. Besides the confluence itself, there are walking trails, overlooks, petroglyphs, the remains of a ghost town and extensive historical and environmental signage. Lots of picnic tables and toilets. A very nice spot indeed!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We camped in the campground one night in site 16. It was very private, with growth around the site. The host was very helpful and friendly. This was such a great park, very well kept. Beautiful views if you drive down to the headwaters. We want to come back and hike the trails sometime. We loved it there!

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Charleston, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

It was more than interesting, and almost inspiring, to think of the Lewis and Clark expedition coming up the Missouri River all the way to this point and then deciding which fork of the river to take.

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Divide, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

when following Lewis & Clark you need to see these confluences but they are not impressive there are static displays but no real way for a real panoramic view I am glad they saved the area but would not go back

Thank rhco
Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

I have been here twice over the years and it's just a nice and relatively quick stop. The water is beautiful but be prepared to walk. I love history so I enjoy this place.

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