Special-Use Area

at Watkins Mill State Park

Picnicking SymbolVault Toilet Symbol


A primitive camping area is available for organized youth groups from March through November. The area is divided into five sections, each with a picnic table and fire ring. The area has a vault toilet but no water. There is direct access to the bicycle trail. Groups interested in reserving a campsite in the special-use camping area should call 816-580-3387 during office hours. The special-use camping area is located on the east side of the facility and is accessed from Endsley Road.

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


Park Hours


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Park Hours

Day-Use Areas

  • Lake Trail
    7 a.m. - Sunset
  • Williams Creek Picnic Area
    Open year-round
  • Hill Top Picnic Area
    Open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
  • South Gate:
    April through October: 6:30 a.m. - sunset, daily
    November through March: 7 a.m. - sunset, daily
  • North Gate
    7 a.m. - sunset, daily, year-round

Park Office hours

Summer Hours (on-season)

  • April 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 through March
    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. - 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday
  • November through March
    9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday
    The visitor center will close at 1 p.m. on Dec. 24, and reopen on its next scheduled day.


Swimming Beach hours

Beach is closed for the season