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Special-Use Area

at Knob Noster State Park

two tents set up in a grassy field

The special-use camping area is designated for group camping, with nonprofit organizations and youth groups having priority. It is divided into eight separate camping areas. Each area is equipped with picnic tables and a fire pit. Only four vehicles are allowed per site. The fee for use of the area is $2 per person, per night. For more information or to reserve an area for your group, call 660-563-2463 or visit the park office during open hours.

Map of Special-Use Camping Area

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Park Hours

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

On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and park buildings will be closed: Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Jan. 2, 2023; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

Park Grounds

Sunrise to sunset, daily, year-round

Nature Center hours

April 15-October (on-season)

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily

November-April 14 (off-season)

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Closed Saturday and Sunday

Park Office hours

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

Picnic Area - Clearfork hours

7:30 a.m. to sunset, daily, year-round

Pack-in Campsites hours

April 15-October (on-season)

  • Open and reservable through the park office

November-April 14 (off-season)

  • Closed