COMO YOU KNOW: Pinnacles Youth Park

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | 8:32 p.m. CST; updated 8:36 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Pinnacles Youth Park is part of a 77-acre tract of land owned by the Boone County Pinnacles Youth Foundation. Its main features include the Kelly Branch and Silver Fork Creeks, which have carved massive cliffs and pinnacles into the limestone, hence the name. The park features several hiking trails, fire pits and small picnic shelters with benches. The pinnacles themselves are on the opposite side of the creek from the parking lot and cannot be reached without crossing either the creek or by entering from some other access point.

The Pinnacles are designated a state natural area.


Boone County 4-H Specialist: 445-9792

Pinnacles Youth Park's website

Hours: 8 a.m. until dark, all year

Full text

Pinnacles Youth Park is a private park that has been opened to the public since 1965. The deed is currently held by the Boone County Pinnacles Youth Foundation, whose board members include local delegates from 4-H, Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America. Youth groups are exclusively able to schedule hiking trips and overnight camping trips in the park.

The deed expires in 2015. The current deed specifies that the board is unable to sell, alter or restrict access to the land. However, the board says that they have no plans to change anything once the deed expires.

Links and sources

Directory of Missouri Natural Areas

Pinnacles Youth Park, a Hidden Gem, 2009 article

Explore Pinnacles Youth Park in Missouri

Around Columbia: Pinnacles Youth Park in Northern Boone County

Updated: Feb. 15, 2012

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