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Special-Use Area

at Watkins Mill State Park

Picnicking SymbolVault Toilet Symbol

 

The special-use camping is designated for group camping, with nonprofit organizations and youth groups having priority. It is divided into five separate camping areas. These areas are available from March through November. Each area is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. Shared vault toilets are available, but there is no water. There is direct access to the bicycle trail. The special-use camping area is located on the east side of the facility and is accessed from Endsley Road.

The fee for use of an area is $2 per person, per night. For more information or to reserve an area for your group, call 816-580-3387 during office hours.

picnic tables in a shaded area a flag pole a vault toilet

 

Park Hours

Coordinates

39.396981, -94.253083

Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

Day-Use Areas

  • Lake Trail
    7 a.m. to Sunset
  • Williams Creek Picnic Area
    Open year-round
  • Hill Top Picnic Area
    Open daily from April 1 to Oct. 31
  • Fox Hunt Picnic Area
    Open daily from April 1 to Oct. 31
  • South Gate:
    April through October: 6:30 a.m. to sunset, daily
    November through March: 7 a.m. to sunset, daily
  • North Gate
    7 a.m. to sunset, daily, year-round

Park Office hours

Summer Hours (on-season)

  • April 15 through October
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
    9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday

Winter Hours (off-season)

  • November 1 through April 14
    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday

Visitor Center hours

Visitor Center and Museum

  • April through October
    9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday
  • November
    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday
  • Dec. 1, 2020, through Feb. 28, 2021
    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday
    10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday
    The visitor center may be closed during these hours due to weather.

Swimming Beach hours

Beach closed for the season