There are TWO Monkey Mountains? No wonder I've been so confused!

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I’ve always heard about “Monkey Mountain” and never been there. Once in a while I hear about primitive camping being allowed, and once in a while I try to Google and find nothing about camping being allowed. Well MYSTERY SOLVED!

There are TWO MONKEY MOUNTAINS. Who knew?

One is a county park out east around Grain Valley. It is a Jackson County, MO., park between R. D. Mize Road and East Old Highway 40, about 6 miles east of Blue Springs. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Monkey+Mountain/@39.0058384,-94.1994009,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x87c111301c3a680b:0x3032926aaf199785!8m2!3d39.0058403!4d-94.1818913!5m1!1e4

This county park is administered by Jackson County Parks and Recreation. It has reportedly hilly trails.

There is a sports complex a little to the northeast with softball diamonds, playgrounds, and a picnic shelter. It is administered by the City of Grain Valley.

To further confuse it with the other Monkey Mountain, the Jackson County park near Grain Valley is called a “Nature Reserve.” It has hiking and horseback riding.

The OTHER Monkey Mountain is west of St. Joseph, along the Missouri River, and is run by the Missouri Department of Conservation, and allows fishing, hunting, and primitive camping, including arriving to camp by boat! It has parking lots near entry points for primitive camping. https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/monkey-mountain-ca

No monkeys are involved in either area, but I had always heard about hilly terrain–I think that’s the Jackson County Park east of Grain Valley–and as far as I know, no camping is allowed there. So when I have heard about camping I assume that’s the Mo. Dept. of Conservation Monkey Mountain, northwest of St. Joe.

Been wondering what was up with “Monkey Mountain” and why I heard about camping and then didn’t hear about camping there, for decades…sorry so dumb but putting the info here so it stays on Reddit.

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