Nestled in the hills above the Loutre River in Montgomery County, Graham Cave State Park features an unusual sandstone cave that contained evidence that rewrote history books. Once used for shelter, Graham Cave became historically significant when archaeologists discovered how long ago human occupancy had occurred. University of Missouri archaeologists uncovered artifacts revealing human use of the cave dating back to as early as 10,000 years ago. Clues to the lifestyle of the ancient Dalton and Archaic period Native Americans were uncovered. Today, visitors are allowed in the entrance of the cave, where interpretive signs point out interesting discoveries. Surrounding Graham Cave is 369 acres of naturally diverse land designated as Graham Cave State Park. Several trails wind throughout the park's forests and glades. A boat ramp on the Loutre River provides access for boating and fishing. An open picnic shelter, playground areas and picnic sites make the park an ideal place for a day of family fun. For those in need of a longer retreat, a wooded camping area offers basic and electric campsites, modern restrooms and hot showers. Come explore the history that unfolded at Graham Cave and enjoy nature at Graham Cave State Park.

hiking
3 months ago

Cool trail running along the river in most spots. Enjoyed it very much. I do not understand how people can give it 3 stars just because it was muddy, its a river next to trail its not paved! What do you expect? Anyway, nice trail, connectors were easy for me to spot if you just know what and where to be looking!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice loop trail that connects to the other trails. You can easily do all 3 trails here looping back to the cave within a couple of hours. We took our 10 year old nephew out on them and he had no problem whatsoever. Very nice! One thing to note is when we got to the open field near the Loutre River section, the mosquitoes were horrendous! Make sure you do not skimp on the bug spray!

hiking
3 months ago

Cool little trail. You can do the whole trail system here looping back to the Cave, which is also neat. Loved it!

hiking
4 months ago

I had only a short time to do this trail, so I hiked less than half of it. Hope to return and complete full trail. Pretty sunset over the small river. A little hard to spot the TH sign from the camping check-in and playground area, since I connected to it from the Indian Glade Trail.

hiking
4 months ago

First time at this park/on this trail. REALLY enjoyed the interesting features, esp the small waterfall. This is an out-and-back trail, and I connected to Loutre River Trail from the camping check-in area. That TH sign is a little hard to spot, it doesn't look like the other, larger TH signs. Spotted 3 deer.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hiking trail - lots of beauty along this trail

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike near the river - you can get to the river in a couple areas but it's not easy - beautiful area along this trail!!

hiking
9 months ago

Short hike but connects to many other trails in the area which makes for a good hike if you do all of them. Very interesting info about the cave at the interpretive area

on Indian Glade Trail

Sunday, April 30, 2017

I gave this trail a 5 because the water was rolling after the 5 inch rain yesterday...but on top of that...all trails were well marked and in good shape despite the wet conditions...I did all the trails except for the Loutre rover trail ..it was pretty much under water

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Not much to see waterfall just a trickle even after all the rain.

nature trips
Friday, June 26, 2015

A really unique geological site to behold. Very quick and easy trip. Here's the info from the park-

"Graham Cave is unusual because it formed at a soft sandstone/hard dolomite contact. Because the St. Peter Sandstone has spaces to hold water, it acted first as a sponge. Water softened the cement holding the sandstone together and the rock was gently washed away over time, leaving an arched ceiling. The Jefferson City Dolomite floor dissolved also, though not as much as the sandstone. In most such contact caves, the dolomite is removed first, leaving a flat sandstone ceiling subject to breakdown. Graham is an excellent example of a rather unusual method of cave formation."

hiking
Monday, March 23, 2015

Nice geological feature. Other nice short hikes at the park and nice campground facilities. It is a good camping area when traveling along I-70.

hiking
Friday, May 31, 2013

Short woodland hike from Graham Cave back to campground. Several wooden bridges and stairs to bypass easily eroded areas.

hiking
Sunday, April 14, 2013

The trail was well marked but in some places it was very muddy due to the recent rainstorm. It wasn't crowded. It takes you up a hill that could be steep for some, but the trail along the river was flat and easy to walk.

hiking
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Flat trail along the river with some nice views.

hiking
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Nice trail located in a very nice state park, just off of Interstate 70.

hiking
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Worth a look at the cave and surrounding rock landscape, but the real beauty of this park is it's solitude. Except for the nearby interstate noise, you wouldn't know there was anyone else in the world, except for weekends!

hiking
Thursday, June 16, 2011

The woodland trail is a pleasant short hike leading from the campground to the cave. Nice little hike.

hiking
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The trail is very ordinary but does you give you a chance to stretch your legs.

camping
Saturday, February 12, 2011

We enjoyed this one, despite the scarey thunderstorm that passed through over nite! Full review later!

hiking
2 months ago

on Graham Cave Loop Trail

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

on Indian Glade Trail

7 months ago

on Loutre River Trail

7 months ago

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