Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

Park Information

State park and historic site day-use areas, lodging, campgrounds, boat ramps and trails, and will continue to operate under normal off-season hours. Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures designed to maintain required social distancing and protect visitors, volunteers and staff, including the closure of visitor centers, nature centers, offices and museums. The latest information from Missouri State Parks on COVID-19 can be found here. A full list of temporary closures can be found here.

With a commanding view from atop a bluff, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is one of the best representations of early 20th Century sensibilities in the Midwest. Walk through the 31-room, 12,000-square-foot lodge built atop two natural caves by Sedalia lawyer John Homer Bothwell. You will marvel at the owner’s eclectic tastes and how a country gentlemen furnished a recreational lodge for himself and his friends. Most of the furnishings in the house are original. The property also has a 3-mile hiking and mountain biking trail.

Park Hours

Historic Site Grounds

8 a.m. to sunset, year-round

Bothwell Lodge hours

Tour Hours

Current Temporary Hours

  • Tours of the lodge are suspended through the off-season. The park office will also be closed through the off-season.

April through Sept. 15 (On-Season) 

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Thursday through Saturday (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)

Sept. 16 through March (Off-Season)
Tours are suspended through the 2020-2021 off-season.

Historic Site Office hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April 1 through Sept. 15
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Thursday through Saturday
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • Sept. 16 through March 31
    Closed for the 2020-2021 off-season