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The Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

#3 of 24 things to do in Joplin Features Animals
201 West Riviera Drive, Suite A, Joplin, MO 64804-5637
+1 417-782-6287
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Trails with a lot of close undergrowth. Possibility of snakes. Those not concerned with that... read more

Reviewed September 26, 2016
Lee G
Camden, NY
Great place for a afternoon out with the family!

This place is beautiful. It is right on the river and has a beautiful hiking trails. Great for... read more

Reviewed September 19, 2016
John B
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Conservation area south of Joplin, Mo with extensive walking trails, museum, and wildlife programs & activities.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good24%
  • Average16%
  • Poor0%
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201 West Riviera Drive, Suite A, Joplin, MO 64804-5637
+1 417-782-6287
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Reviewed September 26, 2016

Trails with a lot of close undergrowth. Possibility of snakes. Those not concerned with that would probably enjoy it very much.

Thank Lee G
Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

This place is beautiful. It is right on the river and has a beautiful hiking trails. Great for young kids and teenagers too. Also, there are great exhibits inside you can check out if you get hot on the trail! Great place to get your...More

1  Thank John B
Reviewed September 15, 2016

Natural local fauna and flora at its best. Located next to and around Shoal Creek the trails are worth visiting each and every season....may not be wheel chair accessible on some portions of the trails....However the museum/educational complex is worth the trip alone!!

Thank Olaf H
Reviewed August 28, 2016

I love that Joplin has gotten on board with conservation. The exhibits are great for young kids and for first time visitors. I think it is wonderful how so much of the area has dedication memorials all around the facility. The heat and our health...More

1  Thank Roger M
Reviewed August 22, 2016

The actual center and building are a bit dull but that's ok, that's not why you're there. Wildcat Glades is the home of a very well maintained trail that is a great representation of natural Ozark beauty. One smaller trail and one expansive trail, taking...More

Thank Heath R
Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Whether its birds or other wildlife you are sure to experience here. Cheap, fun and great for family exercise.

Thank Travis J G
Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

I went with my family, myself and teens. There was several different length hiking trails to choose. We chose a longer one. Great views of shoal creek, the cliffs, and nature in general. It was a great way to spend the afternoon.

1  Thank Jackie B
Reviewed July 27, 2016

A very nice place to stretch your legs after getting off the highway. A true hidden gem of Joplin, MO. There are beautiful and educational center, gardens, and almost 4 miles of walking trails of various difficulty levels (easy and wheelchair accessible all the way...More

Thank MrsJedi13
Reviewed July 14, 2016

I went on a family outing here with my 4 kids, ages: 9, 6, 6, and 1. The center is beautifully kept, there are a variety of trails to choose from, nice parking area, and engaging nature center. The nature center was designed with kids...More

Thank Melisha M
Reviewed July 1, 2016

A relatively small but informative exhibit of surrounding plant and wildlife in an indoor facility. This Audubon Society / Missouri Extension Division property exists to protect Wildcat Glade. Scenic trails take you around the glade and along a river. It's a walk in the woods...More

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Lizzie D
June 4, 2017|
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Response from Steve H | Reviewed this property |
The park signs say no. I have seen some people ignore the signs, but the signs are specific about no dogs.
Martha B
June 14, 2016|
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Response from OkieDokieIII | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have wheelchairs...ask at Welcome Desk. Places to sit down also while viewed the aquarium and a ramp to walk down if steps are a problem. Ask front desk for any help needed as they are very helpful.