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If you can find it, Jay Nixon State Park is open to visitors

(Source: Missouri Department of Natural Resources) (Source: Missouri Department of Natural Resources)

There's a new state park in Missouri and it's named after Missouri's 55th Governor, Jay Nixon.

The trouble is that it's kind of hard to find right now.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, the 1,230 acres park is "in the heart of the rugged St. Francois Mountains."

It connects to the Ozark Trail, but where on the 400 mile trail is it?

We do know Jay Nixon State Park is in Reynolds County and is bordered by Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and it's close to Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

It also includes a mountaintop lake. If you can find the lake, you can fish for bluegill and largemouth bass!

The property for the park was purchased in 2015 with money from a Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration settlement.

It's also important to note that if you do decide to check out the park, you'll certainly have to become one with nature. There are no facilities. So, that means no bathrooms, water, or campsites. But, those may be added later.

It was named after Nixon because of his support for conservation during his time as Governor.

With the addition of Jay Nixon State Park, there are now 92 state parks and historic sites in Missouri.

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