As of Friday, June 5, 2020, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is open for the public with recommended safety precautions and social distancing measures in place. Face coverings are required by local order when social distancing (i.e., a 6-feet distance from others) cannot be maintained. Tours are offered by appointment only at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. To schedule a tour, call the park office at least 24 hours in advance. Tour participants will be limited. For more information on the health and safety measures in place, visit https://mostateparks.com/response.
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.