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This 135-acre memorial park area of the Confederate Home of Missouri is preserved in memory of the 40,000 Missourians who fought under the Confederate flag. Visitors can tour the cemetery and chapel. The site includes the chapel, cemetery, picnic sites and several small fishing lakes.
Knob Noster State Park, off Route 50 on Route 23, is a 3,934-acre area with thick forests, clear lakes and grasslands. Camping, equestrian camping, hiking, fishing, group camps, nature study areas, and an equestrian trail are available.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark noted great quantities of fish, geese and goslings here in 1804. Bordering Lewis and Clark Lake, this park is still a great place for bird watching. Camping, picnicking, fishing, a boat ramp and a beach are features. Located 20 miles southwest of St. Joseph off Route 138.
The Victorian stone house was the famous artist’s home from 1939 until his death in 1975. Benton converted the carriage house into his art studio.
The main house and the studio contain many of his belongings and works of art. A blank canvas, paintbrushes and paints remain in the studio just as he left them.
Tours: $4; ages 6-12 $2.50; younger than 6 is free. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
This heavily wooded park is a favorite of bird watchers and solitude seekers. It features individual and group campsites, hiking trails, fishing, and picnic sites and shelters. Trice-Dedman Memorial Woods, owned by The Nature Conservancy, is nearby. The park is located six miles south of Cameron.
Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site is part of Watkins Mill State Park. Tours of the 19th century woolen mill and Watkins home are given daily. This is the only 19th century American woolen mill with its original machinery intact. During summer months, a Living History Farm program is featured on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The site features a visitor center, a lake, camping, picnic sites and a shelter, fishing, a paved bicycle trail, a swimming beach, and hiking and equestrian trails.
The site is located seven miles east of I-35 on Route 92, then one mile north on Route RA.
Tours: $4; ages 6-12 $2.50; younger than 6, free.
Scattered picnic sites, picnic shelters and camping are features of this park. Hiking trails and a paved hiking and bicycling trail traverse the wooded park. A handicapped accessible scenic overlook offers the most expansive views of the Missouri River in the state.
Because the park is located along the forested river corridor, it offers excellent bird watching, especially during spring and fall migrations.
There are secluded picnic areas; a playground; an open shelter; and a campground with modern restrooms, hot showers and laundry facilities.
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