at Mastodon State Historic Site
This symbol indicates that the specified area is fully compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).
Visitors of all abilities can enjoy birding along Spring Branch Trail. This trail has information and signage, rest areas, mostly manageable surfaces, and many other ADA considerations.
To find additional locations that are accessible, visit Birdability to view their accessible birding trails maps.
Four paved parking spaces are reserved on an average 2.4% sloped lot directly in front of the museum. The curb cut is at the lower end, where a paved pathway leads to the entrance. The entrance pathway has a 7.5% slope, 36 feet long, and has no handrails. The entrance is level with easy-to-open doors. Inside the entrance to the right is a staffed information desk where they take admission fees and offer books, postcards, t-shirts and mementos for sale.
To the left of the entrance is an accessible water fountain. Around the corner are the men’s and women’s restrooms, both with lever-handled lavatory faucets, an accessible baby-changing table and front-transfer toilets.
Exhibits include glass cases, wall-mounted panels and hands-on specimens. All exhibits have interpretive panels. A video is shown in the auditorium with closed caption available. Interpretive programs are available for organized groups by reservation.
The trailhead is located near the top end of the reserved parking. Here, a kiosk provides site information and an accessible water fountain is located nearby. The paved portion of the trail becomes very steep and ends at the lower museum door, which cannot be used from the outside. From here, a gravel back-filled flagstone trail continues with a rope railing. Reaching the bluff, a series of railed steps interspersed with stretches of fine-gravel lead to the bottom. The trail continues in gravel fines through the bone beds and in a loop up the slope, past a historic quarry and back to the trailhead.
Paved, accessible parking spaces are found throughout the day-use area.
- Picnic Shelter
A paved pathway leads to the picnic shelter, which provides extended-end tables, a group grill and horseshoe pits with a base of packed gravel fines. Nearby are an accessible water fountain and a playground.
- Spring Branch Trail
This 0.5-mile-long trail is level with a packed base of gravel fines or earth and is considered accessible. Fair weather should find the base solid. Level access can be found by going past the shelter house.
Two accessible sites are available and provide a paved pathway and pad, an extended-end table and a pedestal grill.
From approximately April 15 through Oct. 15, an accessible flush restroom is available and is accessed on a level, paved sidewalk. From approximately Oct. 15 through April 14, an accessible vault toilet is available, which is accessed along the same sidewalk. An information board and water fountain is located along the path for your convenience.
The special-use area has not been modified for accessibility.
For more information, contact the historic site:
Mastodon State Historic Site
1050 Charles J Becker Drive
Imperial, MO 63052-3524
Last updated: April 2021