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Southeast Region of Missouri.


Map of Southeast Missouri
State of Missouri

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  • A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024 crosses this area from about 1:55PM local time. The track of totality is northeast from Mexico, Texas and Arkansas across the southeast corner of Missouri, then on into Illinois and Indiana.
  • Big Springs Park — on the outskirts of Van Buren, it is one of North America's largest freshwater springs.
  • Historic downtowns of Charleston and Cape Girardeau.



The Black, Current, North Fork of the White, and their tributaries are a major draw for recreational canoeing and kayaking. There are many outfitters in this region who can help you plan a trip.

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  • 1 Elephant Rocks State Park, 118 E Maple St Pilot Knob (on Highway 21 just north of Ironton), +1 573-546-3454. April–October, 8AM-8PM; November–March: 8AM-5PM. Climb around on gigantic reddish granite boulders, or enjoy a picnic and the lovely walking trails (with braile signage) around the park. The monolithic rocks overlook an old quarry and abandoned firehouse. The park is open year-round, but can get crowded on warm weekends. Camping is not allowed. free.
  • 2 Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, 148 Taum Sauk Trail Middlebrook (SOUTH on State Highway N off of Highway 21, north of Ironton), +1 573-546-2450. 8AM-6PM Spring and Fall; 8AM-7PM Summer; 8AM-4PM Winter. After being closed in 2009 by a disastrous flood, Johnson Shut-Ins is again open, and has a new boardwalk that overlooks the shut-ins. The shut-ins refer to a natural formation where the East Fork Black River has run over igneous rock and eroded a maze-like series of channels, rivulets, and cascades. It is a sort of natural water park, and many people come to swim and play here during the warm months. Hiking, Camping, and a visitor's center are available in the park.



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