Visitor Center

at Watkins Mill State Park

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exhibits inside the visitor center

 

The visitor center is where you will want to start your discovery tour of the Watkins Woolen Mill complex. A short orientation program and exhibits will enhance your visit to this National Historic Landmark and National Engineering Landmark. Entrance to the visitor center is free. Guided tours of Watkins Woolen Mill and Watkins House are available for a nominal fee. The visitor center is accessible and includes restrooms, a souvenir sales counter and a beverage vending machine. In addition, the museum also includes climate-controlled storage facilities for the historic site's archives and artifact collections and a conservation and exhibit work area.

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.

Coordinates

39.410174, -94.259666

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

Season: May 27-Sept. 5
10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.