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Big Oak Tree State Park Boardwalk Loop is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near East Prairie, Missouri that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.0 mi Elevation gain 13 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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The boardwalk is an elevated walkway. The trail begins near the day-use area within a fire-maintained, wet mesic woodland community of oak, hickory and sugarberry trees, and giant cane, then passes through a bottomland forest of bald cypress and pumpkin ash trees. The trail ends at an observation deck overlooking a marsh/shrub swamp community with swamp privet, buttonbush, swamp locust and large black willows.

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Ben Lipe
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HikingMuddy

Interesting trip! Boardwalk was very nice although the metal grating has holes too large for small-medium dogs. The loop potion of the trail was extremely muddy. Several state championship trees to see. Even met a friend basking in the sun at the end of the boardwalk.

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Jay H.
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Hiking

Unable to complete the trail close to thé lake; trail was under water. Boardwalk portion was unique and interesting.

Doug Neidholdt
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Hiking

Arrived with flooding in the area and was not able to complete the trail in its entirety Well maintained, nice picnic area with play ground. Boardwalk well maintained. Worth the trip.

Jeffery Karafa
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Hiking
First to Review

The park lives up to it's name, as the trees are magnificent. There are ample opportunities for birding and observing wildlife. The metal "boardwalk" is unique and keeps your feet dry while traversing the swamp. Do not expect to see a lake even though it is shown on the map, as this has become overgrown.

Stephanie P
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J JenningsOutside
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Harley Galland
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Dean Wright
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Bill Keaggy
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Gene Doyel
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Jeffery Karafa
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Mitchell Green
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