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Watkins Mill State Park

26600 Park Rd N, Lawson, MO 64062-8939
+1 816-580-3387
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Nice place

We live in KC so it's an easy one or two night trip for a quick get away. It has a good layout for... read more

Reviewed June 5, 2016
bstegs
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Kansas City, Missouri
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History comes to life

Fascinating intact civil war era factory and farm. Wonderful camping grounds. Great walking and... read more

Reviewed April 20, 2016
Bob R
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Kansas City, Missouri
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A 100-acre lake with a paved bicycle path around it, plentiful fishing, a picturesque campground and choice picnic spots make Watkins Mill State Park an ideal place for an afternoon or longer. Located near the Kansas City area, the park has ample fishing opportunities and an abundance of whitetailed deer and wild turkeys to watch. The park is adjacent to the Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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26600 Park Rd N, Lawson, MO 64062-8939
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Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

We live in KC so it's an easy one or two night trip for a quick get away. It has a good layout for the kids and a nice 4 mile or so path around a 100 acre lake.

Thank bstegs
Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Fascinating intact civil war era factory and farm. Wonderful camping grounds. Great walking and biking trail around a beautiful lake. Manu great events like campground trick or treating and living history events.

Thank Bob R
Reviewed April 5, 2016

Very nice and clean little state park. Considering coming back to camp at some point. Staff super nice, friendly, and helpful!

Thank Deana W
Reviewed February 24, 2016

We visited on Feb 6. We walked down to the mill and listened to the history from our guide. It was a very interesting lesson. He was knowlegible and talked about individual workers and their history at the mill. There were lots of displays in...More

Thank Laura B
Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful paved trail and dog friendly. About 4 miles and took us about an hour and a half to hike. Well taken care of. There was beautiful scenery too. The lake, the woods and the waterfall were wonderful. We hiked in December and there was...More

Thank MrsBDean
Reviewed October 5, 2015

We loved our tour of the house and mill. The guides were excellent and despite us being the only ones on the tour, we didn't feel hurried or rushed at all. We also camped at a primitive site, #10, which for us was a good...More

Thank Shannon203
Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

The RV sites are big and shaded. Many have concrete pads. Has electric only. 30 or 50 amp. No water. No sewer on sites but there is an onsite dump station. Only 15 days of 30 are allowed for length of stay which is a...More

Thank cindy h
Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

We pitched our tents in one of the primitive camp sites and had a wonderful time. The camp hosts were friendly & helpful, the park is exceptionally clean and feels much farther away from the big city than it actually is. Super clean bathrooms &...More

Thank smot
Reviewed August 12, 2015

Had a great time with our Frontier Girls group touring the Watkins Home and then the Mill. It is a great tour and you learn some really interesting information about the processes and the family.

Thank Barbara T
Reviewed July 27, 2015

This is well worth the trip to see the Mill and home of the Watkins family. 80% of the family property is still intact. A beautiful visitors center explains what you might not get from the tours. The wool mill tour is a must. It...More

Thank Herman02
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