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Prairie State Park
Prairie SP visitor center-20150715-8203.jpg
Visitor center viewed from the prairie
Location Barton, Missouri, United States
Area 3,955.26 acres (16.0064 km2)
Established 1980
Visitors 42,287 (in 2017)
Governing body Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Website Prairie State Park

Prairie State Park is a public recreation area encompassing nearly 4,000 acres (1,600 ha) of grasslands and woodlands in Barton County, Missouri. The state park preserves much of the few remaining acres of tallgrass prairie in the state. The park features hiking trails, camping for backpackers, and a nature center. Captive wild bison and elk roam the park.


Prairie State Park is in the central forest-grasslands transition ecoregion of the temperate grasslands, savannas and shrublands biome.

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