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Maramec Spring Park, Saint James

Categories: Hot Springs, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web
Maramec Spring is located on the Meramec River near St. James in the east-central Ozarks of Missouri. The fifth largest spring in the state with an average daily discharge of 153cuft of water per second, it is part of an area known for its karst topography with many springs and caves. The spring and 1800 acres (7.3 kmĀ²) are privately owned by the James Foundation which maintains the area as a park open to the public. The Missouri Department of Conservation operates a trout hatchery and fishery at the spring. There are also ruins of a historic iron works, which took advantage of the available hydropower. The spring was declared a National Natural Landmark in October 1971.DescriptionThe spring has an average daily discharge of about 100 million gallons USGS. The natural history of the spring and the history of the iron works are highlighted in a museum operated by the James Foundation at the site. Another museum in the park features agricultural tools utilized in the area over the years.The park also offers a scenic drive that offers a glimpse into the life in the area while the iron works were operating. The drive takes the viewer to a scenic overview of the park, an old cemetery populated with employees of the works, the iron pit mine, and locations of a few homesteads. The park is also covered with ample picnic areas, including pavilions that are suitable for events.
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  • Here's the deal...I went here on a recommendation about how beautiful it is. It certainly is that. You can fish here. There are places for camping. Many places for a picnic, even for a large gathering...  read more »
  • Ended up here thinking it was just a typical little park. We were so pleasantly surprised at all the beautiful things to see while here. Tons of walking areas, loving the shade from the trees, and awe...  read more »
  • I couldn't believe the sheer amount of people here. When told of this place they left out the part that it is a trout farm and people are ALL over the place. 
  • We loved it here!! It cost $5 but was well worth it. Beautiful!! The kids loved feeding the fish. They have a museum but looked like it was under construction and was closed. We will have to go back again it's not far off of I-44, South of St. James.
  • Awesome area! So much to do! Of course I go for fishing but, there is a small info building that talks about the history of the area, business of the people as the area developed and future plans on the park! It's a great place for a safe and visually pleasing stroll! Areas to picnic and play! Lots of area to stretch and a very family friendly business! Great place to take friends and family!
  • one of the finest State Parks around. There is so much history and culture there. Go through the museum first then walk the Iron Works area to feel the past. Take the drive by the old Miners cemetery and Iron mine. then the drive by the old cabin areas.
  • We love Maramec Spring Trout Park and go several times a year! The fishing isn't quite as good as it was 15 years ago but it's still a great fishing spot! We love going to the picnic area for lunch and we all love feeding the trout in the hatchery!
  • Beautiful place, awesome caves, and good fishing! Worth the drive and spending a day (or few) out there!
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