Watkins Woolen Mill State Park

Lawson, Missouri



Lawson, Missouri
Phone: (816) 580-3387

Sites: 96
Recent Rate: $23 6/2016

Latitude: 39.391126208853
Longitude: -94.2609357833862

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

13 Reviews

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful campground. The hosts were friendly and accommodating. I had trouble backing into #83 at night so the host put me in a more accessible site. Very nice shaded sites with beautiful trees. Some road and train noise but not bad for being close to KC. Clean shower rooms with hot, hot water with no timer. Some things to keep in mind: 1) Site no. 80 -93 are challenging for longer units - all back in with a drop off along the road. The sites on the downhill side looked to be easier (see campground map). 2) Beware of the 10:00p gate closing. MSP will not give you the gate code over the phone; we found that out en-route and were pushing it to make in time. We camped at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
71
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Walmart 10 minutes away in Excelsior Springs. James Farm is nearby. Watkins Mill is an interesting tour.

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Review Count: 169
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 37

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful park with large sites. Many sites have electric, only a few have 50A. There is water available at spigots in the park but there is no water at sites. The roads are paved and wide. Most sites are gravel, but the 50A sites are paved. The gate house is often unattended but the hosts will either be at their well marked site or at the Check Office which is just past it. Campground gate is locked after 10pm but there is a gate code for getting in. We were able to get satellite at our site but it would be difficult from many others especially when the trees fully leaf out. The park even has has free public wifi. We were there during the week and there were virtually no other people in the park. The campground should be accessed from the park's southern entrance off of Highway 92. Access from the north is winding and there is a low overpass that could cause problems. We camped at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
72
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

Lovely spot. Wish we had more time to stay longer and explore the area. We arrived late, on a weekend, but there was a space open. The back end of the space slanted downwards so we had to gun it to pull out early the next morning. Hopefully we didn't disturb our neighbors too much. I'd love to stay a couple of nights at least next time to check out the mill. We camped at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful area in September with lots of forested land. Beautiful restrooms/showers. $21 per night for electric only. Some sites are concrete. Missouri knows how to care for and create great campgrounds! Be sure to visit the Woolen Mill historical site. We camped at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 46
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice State Park. Very nice 3.75 mile paved hiking-biking trail around the lake. They have mostly gravel back-in sites although there are probably 8-10 paved back-in's which looked long enough for larger rigs. They have both reservable and non-reservable sites. If you arrive without a reservation, I'd recommend stopping at the Check Station just inside the campground and see if they will assign you one of the paved reservable sites. There are some longer paved sites in the non-reservable section also,(the last loop). Sites are electric only. 50-amp is available. The park is about 5 miles east of I-35 off of Hwy 92. It's a real roller-coaster ride getting from the freeway to the park. I'd probably stay here again if in the area. We camped at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

We were only here one night but enjoyed the surroundings very much. We've been impressed by the Missouri state parks so far - clean and neat. Our site was gravel and a little downhill and our levelers kind of sunk into the ground. A little more rock on the sites might be able to help. We liked the bike path around the lake and our kids enjoyed the playground. We would stay here again. We camped at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 103
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Extremely nice state park. Has large, well-spaced, wooded sites. Level pads were gravel and grass. Electricity was good. No WiFi. Very well maintained campground. Friendly hosts who came to site to check us in and give us information. Tour of the mill and house is well worth the time. Can visit the museum and outside the mill and house without the tour for free. Our first visit to a Missouri State Park and we will be back. We camped at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Our first time at this park and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Shower houses were individual with locking doors. Restrooms were clean and well stocked. Electricity was stable throughout the busy 4th of July weekend. The 4 mile bike/walking trail was easy to moderate and had great shade. The naturalist had many activities during our stay. Camp hosts and rangers patrol often and kept everything very peaceful! No water or sewer but they do have water bibs throughout the park and a nice clean dump station at the exit of the park. We camped at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The only reason this campground does not get a perfect "10" rating is due to the lack of water / sewer hook-up sites. The campsites are easy to back into to, fairly level and roomy. Each site has a nice picnic table and fire pit compete with grate for outdoor cooking. The restrooms, showers and laundry room (with utility sink) were all very clean. The campground is close to the lake and trails. On the other side of the park is the visitor center and museum. The museum was very informative and don't miss the tours of the old Woolen Mill and Farm House. The Woolen Mill shut down in the early 1900s and most of the original equipment is still in place. One of the best kept secrets near Kansas City for a weekend get away. We camped at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2008 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

With a very friendly and hospitable greeting the campground hosts drove up to us at our site to check us in. Beautiful and spacious sites, very wooded and relaxing. The very clean toilets and showers were newly built in the area we stayed, with private shower stalls. This was next to a new playground and made clean up easy with children. The roads were paved and well kept and the children could bike and scooter in fun and safety. We stayed Friday thru Monday and by Monday we were pretty much alone. This campground would have gotten a higher overall rating if there were more activities closer by, but the campground itself is excellent. We camped at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 88
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Missouri State Parks are great places to stay. This one is no exception. Campground host were terrific. Make sure you tour the Watkins Mill and also hike the paved trail around the Lake. Make time to go to Excelsior Springs too. It is not far to travel back to Kansas City to see some things there too. The Arabia Steamship Museum is a must see and Harry Truman's Library is not far off the path either. We camped at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2006 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Watkins Woolen Mill State Park. Missouri parks continue to be upgraded with 1/10-1% sales tax. Internal paved roads, some concrete pads (ours was gravel but level). 50 Amp service. Large 2 sided dump station with two fresh water spigots New restrooms and individual shower rooms. Well shaded, grassy and hilly. Deer, wild turkey, owls, racoons and other abundant wildlife. This is a beautiful park with large fishing lake with beach (10 HP motor limit), paved bike/hike trail, and the US only remaining 19th century woolen mill with all equipment remaining. Watkins Mill, family home, out-buildings, grounds are well interpreted by Missouri Park interpretive staff ($2.50 admission is worth it). Great place to stay and relax. Jesse James birthplace and farm is 3 miles, interpreted by Clay County Park staff. Good site to visit, too, but $7.00 admission is a little steep, although we happily paid it. We camped at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2006 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We loved this Park, nicely wooded sites, friendly staff, immaculate rest rooms and wonderful biking and hiking trails. The Mill tour is a do not miss. Very awesome spot. Stayed on a Motorhome (40') in a back in, heavily wooded. Check their website first, they have photos of all sites. Delightful Park system in MO. We camped at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park in a Motorhome.

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