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Knob Noster State Park

Park Information

Knob Noster State Park is a tranquil idyllic oasis mixture of prairie, open woodland and forest along both sides of a meandering creek. It’s a place for fishermen to wet a line, for mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders to get some trail time, and for families to spend quality time together. It’s also a place for aviation enthusiasts to stay in the campground and watch the B-2 Spirit bombers take off and land at nearby Whiteman Air Force Base.

Park Hours

Park Grounds
8 a.m. to dusk, daily, year-round

Nature Center hours

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily, year-round.

Park Office hours

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round

Address

873 SE 10th
Knob Noster, MO 65336-2011

Phone numbers

  • Park Office: (660) 563-2463
  • Nature Center: (660) 563-2463
Every spring, the woodlands in Missouri burst with color even before the trees begin to bud. The first signs of spring come from plants called spring ephemerals. Ephemeral refers to a plant with a very short life cycle. Spring ephemerals take advantage of all the sunlight hitting the forest floor before the leaves come out. They bloom and die back very quickly, but while they are blooming, they put on a stunning show. From the blues and purples of the Virginia bluebells to the oddly-shaped white Dutchman’s breeches, a bounty of color and new life awaits you on many Missouri state park and historic site trails. One of the most popular trails for spring ephemeral wildflower viewing is the Thousand Steps Trail at Washington State Park. If you take a walk on this trail, your eyes will be treated to a carpet of trilliums, bluebells, Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauties and wild sweet Williams. For more on trail in Washington State Park, visit http://www.mostateparks.com/trails/washington-state-park.