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Watkins Mill State Park, Lawson

#30 of 62 in Nature in Missouri
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  • I’ve been coming to Excelsior Springs for nearly 25 years and have overlooked this gem. Bring a stroller or bike for the younger kids. Enjoy a wonderful walk around the lake and I hope you see a train...  more »
  • The house and mill have an interesting history you can research for yourself or take a tour led by the park staff for $4 (pretty reasonable).  more »
  • I am new to the area and this really gave me insight into those who settled Missouri.The museum is wonderful. We had a very knowledgeable tour guide who had many interesting anecdotes as well as all t...  more »
  • Beautiful old park with a walking trail around a lake. They have a sweet holiday thing they do. The lake is nice for spring summer and fall boating. Hiking is nice there also the swimming area is nice but has had bacteria issues for the last few years. There are snakes here but they mainly leave you alone if you leave them alone. Camping is available and can be nice unfortunately it is located near the arm pit of the Midwest kaerney, MO is near by not worth a stop. Go directly to the park and enjoy your time there.
  • Nice park a little off the beaten path. While they pack a lot of sites into the park we never felt really crowded. Nice walking and biking Park Circle the lake. Very well maintained, facilities were always clean.
  • A beautiful State Park, which includes the wool mill, the Watkins home, and the surrounding farm. The house and mill are two separate tours, each taking around an hour, with one or the other starting at the top of each hour. Both are well worth the time. The house is filled with period furniture and lovely architectural details. The mill is HUGE, and has the distinction of containing all of its original machinery, which is all very interesting to look at. Allow 2-3 hours!
  • We went and spent a nice afternoon on the beach. It's pretty well sanded. Not too crowded. The bathrooms are outhouses. I like the wall along the back. I haven't toured the Mill in a long time. We have been to the special events which are always a good time. This is a good place to take your family.
  • The campground is clean with plenty of space at each site and lots of trees for shade. The lake is gorgeous with a ± 4 mi paved biking/walking shaded trail surrounding the water. My favorite part, though, is the museum and historic site. I will be returning!

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