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Coffin State Forest
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Coffin State Forest offers a serene and captivating natural retreat where lush greenery, towering trees, and winding trails transport visitors into a world of tranquility. Nestled within the rolling hills, this forest exudes a peaceful ambiance, housing a diverse range of flora and fauna that gracefully coexist within its boundaries. As sunlight filters through the emerald canopy, casting gentle rays on the forest floor, visitors can immerse themselves in the symphony of bird songs, the gentle rustle of leaves, and the soothing whispers of the wind. Whether you seek a meditative hike, a scenic picnic, or simply a moment of escape from the bustling outside world, Coffin State Forest promises an enchanting haven for nature lovers and solitude seekers alike.
History of the Area
State forests in Missouri were established in the early 20th century as a response to the decline of forested lands due to extensive logging, wildfires, and poor land management practices. The Missouri Conservation Commission, now the Missouri Department of Conservation, was established in 1937, and it played a crucial role in the development and management of state forests.

The main objectives of establishing state forests were to conserve forests, improve forest management, and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. Coffin State Forest, like other state forests in Missouri, was likely acquired or designated during this period to achieve these objectives.

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Redbeard's Ranch - Lebanon, MO
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Redbeard's Ranch is a peaceful, scenic, 295-acre, family-oriented campground in Missouri Ozark hill country with approximately 1 mile of Niangua River frontage. Shaded campsites line the riverfront while the wooded hills and open meadows are ideal for other activities such as horseback riding, hiking, bird-watching, and hunting.
0.9 miles from park*

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Area Campgrounds
Bennett Spring State Park
26250 Missouri 64A
Lebanon, MO
Fort Niangua River Resort, Inc.
84 Cat Hollow Trail
Lebanon, MO
Redbeard's Ranch
30075 Marigold Drive
Lebanon, MO

1. Start your journey from the city of Jefferson City, which serves as the capital of Missouri.
2. From Jefferson City, take US:54 East towards Fulton for approximately 7 miles.
3. Take exit 148B to merge onto MO:94 West toward Portland/Fulton.
4. Continue on MO:94 West for about 10 miles until you reach County Road CC/State Highway C junction near Tebbetts town.
5. Turn left onto County Road CC and continue driving westward for around 6 miles until you arrive at Coffin State Forest.

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