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Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

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With a commanding view from atop a bluff, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is one of the best representations of early 20th Century sensibilities in the Midwest. Walk through the 31-room, 12,000-square-foot lodge built atop two natural caves by Sedalia lawyer John Homer Bothwell. You will marvel at the owner’s eclectic tastes and how a country gentlemen furnished a recreational lodge for himself and his friends. Most of the furnishings in the house are original, and the property also has a three-mile hiking and mountain biking trail.

Park Hours

Historic Site Grounds

8 a.m. to sunset, year-round

Bothwell Lodge hours

Tour Hours
Summer Hours (On-Season)  

April 1 through Sept. 15

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, Thursday through Saturday (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
    11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday (last tour begins at 3 p.m.) No tours Tuesday and Wednesday
Winter Hours (Off-Season)

Sept. 16 through March 31

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and holiday Mondays (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
    11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
    No tours Monday through Thursday

Historic Site Office hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April 1 through Sept. 15
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, Thursday through Saturday
    11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • Sept. 16 through March 31
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and holiday Mondays
    11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Monday through Thursday
Name that Trail: This trail is designed especially for people with visual or physical disabilities and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. The trail passes by a quarry pond, which now supports a variety of animal life. A short spur off of the trail takes hikers to the top of the granite outcrop, where they can explore the maze of giant elephant rocks. A second spur brings you to a point overlooking an old quarry site, where Missouri red granite was quarried from the 1860s through the early 1900s. Don’t know the answer? Get your copy of Trails of Missouri State Parks and read more about this and other exciting trails in Missouri state parks and historic sites at mostateparks.com.