COVID-19 Park and Site Advisories

MISSOURI STATE PARKS COVID-19 Park and Site Advisories (AS OF 08/26/21)

Thank you for your continued support of Missouri State Parks. This page provides a full listing of closures by state park or historic site.

Capacity at state parks and historic sites is monitored closely in order to prevent overcrowding. If nearing capacity, parking lots or gates may close temporarily. For advisories due to capacity or flooding, visit our general advisory page here.

Missouri State Parks campgrounds are open with a number of social-distancing measures in place to improve the safety of operations for Missouri State Parks’ guests and staff. For more information, view our full release here.

Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park
  • As of Thursday, April 1, the visitor center at Dr. Edmund A. Babler State Park will open on Saturdays and Sundays through April. Operating hours will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and then from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. A maximum of 20 visitors will be allowed in the visitor center at one time. Face coverings will be required in accordance to St. Louis County Department of Health order.
Sam A. Baker State Park
  • As of Saturday, April 3, the visitor center will reopen at Sam A. Baker State Park and will be open on weekends. The visitor center will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for cleaning). For more information on the health and safety measures in place, visit https://mostateparks.com/response.
Battle of Athens State Historic Site
  • As of Saturday, April 3, tours will resume at the Thome-Benning house at Battle of Athens State Historic Site. Park staff will be at the building to answer questions or give tours from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through the duration of the on-season. If a group wants a guided tour during weekdays, they can find park staff by going to the office, by calling 660-877-3871, or by pre-scheduling the time and date.
  • The site office will remain closed to visitors at this time; however, if the public has questions they can knock on the door or call 660-877-3871. Contact information and procedures will be posted on the office door.
  • Social distancing signage has been placed throughout the grounds of the historic site. Hand sanitizing stations have been placed in each restroom.
Battle of Lexington State Historic Site
  • Tours of the Anderson House and the battlefield will be held Saturday and Sunday. Anderson House tours will begin at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and will be limited to six guests, in order to maintain social distancing. Battlefield tours will begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Battlefield tours will not be limited because they are held outside and social distancing can be achieved.  
  • The visitor center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
Bennett Spring State Park
Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site
  • For the health and safety of everyone, effective Aug. 5, 2021, there will be no guided tours available at the Benton Home. The visitor center will still be open, but public access to the inside of the studio and house will be prohibited. As an alternate experience, a 10-minute video about Thomas Hart Benton and the house will be available. The visitor center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Monday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
  • As of Friday, March 5, Bollinger Mill SHS will reopen with modified hours: During the month of March (off-season) hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. No guided tours will be offered at this time. First floor and basement only are open for self-guided tours. April through May hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Closed Mondays (except holiday Mondays). No guided tours will be offered at this time. First floor and basement only are open for self-guided tours.
Nathan and Olive Boone Historic Site
  • As of Friday, April 2, tours at Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead SHS will be available Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Guests will need to register for tours at the office walk-up window. Tours will be limited to groups of 6 unless from the same family. Face coverings are recommended and encouraged for visitors on guided tours. The sites virtual tour will remain in place for those wishing to social distance, a smart phone with web access is required to complete the virtual tour.
Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site
  • Tours of the lodge are temporarily suspended.
Castlewood State Park
  • As of Friday, April 16, the park office is temporarily closed.
Confederate Memorial State Historic Site
  • As of Thursday, April 1, the office and film room at Confederate Memorial will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a limited capacity of four guests at any time in the office and four guests at any one time in the film room. An interpretive orientation program is available in the film room. Face coverings will be required in the office, film room and chapel as required by Lafayette County health ordinance.
Cuivre River State Park
  • As of Friday, April 16, 2021, the visitor center at Cuivre River will resume operations and be open on weekdays through April Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from noon to 3:45 p.m. The visitor center will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • As of April 17, 2020, organized group camps are temporarily closed.
Deutschheim State Historic Site
  • Tours will be offered Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. by reservation only (over the phone). Maximum capacity of ours will be five people at the regular tour rate ($5 adult/$3 youth). Face coverings are recommended and encouraged.
  • Visitor center capacity will be limited to six people at one time. Face coverings are recommended and encouraged. (Disposable masks will be available on a stand near the register.) Handwashing/sanitizer upon entry into the visitor center is also encouraged/recommended.
Dillard Mill State Historic Site
  • The Dillard Mill site office will reopen to the public beginning Wednesday, May 26, three days a week: Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. The office telephone is monitored daily Monday through Sunday for messages, and all calls will be answered as soon as possible. 
  • As of Friday, March 19, Dillard Mill will resume the first-floor self-guided tours. After that first weekend, the mill will open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. A maximum of four visitors will be allowed to enter for 10 minutes. A waiting area with benches spaced 6 feet apart will be provided and hand sanitizer readily available. Visitors will be asked to maintain social distancing and encouraged to use the hand sanitizer prior to entering the building.
  • The Adams-Wilhite Store will remain closed to the public at this time.
Elephant Rocks State Park

 

  • Elephant Rocks State Park is experiencing unprecedented attendance, especially on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This is leading to overcrowding, long delays and no parking availability. To avoid overcrowding, encourage social distancing and to provide a safe and enjoyable experience, we strongly recommend visiting the park on weekdays, Monday through Thursday. For up-to-date information on the best time to visit the park, call 573-546-3454 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.
First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site
  • The visitor center has resumed normal operating hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday with a maximum of 10 visitors at any time in the building. Walk-in tours are available every day on a first-come, first-served basis for 10 or fewer people. Groups larger than 10 can be accommodated but we require advance notice. If you are interested in booking a tour ahead of time please call 636-940-3322.
Graham Cave State Park
  • As of April 9, 2020, Fern Ridge Trail is designated a one-way trail. Visitors may enter the from Graham Cave Trail junction northeast of the Rock Shelter.
  • April through October (On-Season) 2021 - Graham Cave State Park will be open 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and on request when staff are available, closed Sunday through Tuesday and State Holidays during On-Season. Visitors are highly encouraged to wear face masks and maintain social distancing inside visitor center. There will be times when the office is closed while staff are working on the grounds.
Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site
  • Tours of the Hunter-Dawson home will resume Tuesday, March 16, with a limit of six guests per tour. Tours will be offered Tuesday through Sunday on the following schedule: Sunday tours will be at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and Tuesday through Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Social distancing is encouraged.
Knob Noster State Park
  • As of Monday, March 8, the park office and visitor center foyer will reopen at Knob Noster State Park. Modified office hours and visitor center hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., closed Saturday and Sunday. Face coverings are strongly recommended by Johnson County.
Lake Wappapello State Park
  • As of Friday April 16, the park office is open to public access daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The park store will be open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend with minimal days and hours. Friday noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The watercraft rental will remain temporarily closed at this time. Subject to change depending on circumstances of COVID -19. See http://breakinwavesrentals.com/ for more information.
Missouri Mine State Historic Site
  • Social distancing of 6 feet will be encouraged of visitors. Face coverings will be utilized by staff and encouraged of visitors. The museum will be open only to individuals, families and small groups (of 20 or less) with regular tour admission charges (cash, checks or credit).
Missouri State Museum
  • Guided tours of the Missouri state Capitol are currently limited to 10 people per tour. Tours are available by reservation Monday through Thursday on the hour, beginning at 9 a.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m. (excluding the noon hour), and on Friday at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. There are two daily tours on Saturday and Sunday, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations are required for all tours and must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Reservations can be made by calling 573-751-2854 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • Tours of the Governor's Mansion are currently limited to 30 people per tour. Click here for tour times: https://mostateparks.com/page/55182/missouri-governors-mansion-tours
  • Tours of the State Museum are currently limited to 30 people per tour. For tour times, click on the "Park Hours" tab on this page: https://mostateparks.com/park/missouri-state-museum
Montauk State Park
  • As of April 17, 2020, the Montauk Mill is temporarily closed.
Pershing State Park
  • As of Friday, April 16, the park office is temporarily closed. Signage is posted with staff contact information for questions while at the park.
  • As of April 13, 2020, the loop portion of the Wetlands Boardwalk is temporarily one-way.
Pomme de Terre State Park
  • The marina and restaurant will open on weekends only starting April 16. Cabins and yurts are still available with enhanced cleaning. Face coverings are encouraged and may be required by local order. See http://www.mofunparks.com/ for more information.
Roaring River State Park
  • As of Friday, April 16, the nature center is open with limited occupancy.
  • Lodging, retail, food operations and convention center are open on a limited basis following all social distancing guidelines. Coffee makers will be provided. Face coverings are encouraged and may be required by local order. See http://www.roaringriverstatepark.org/roaringriver/index.jsp for more information.
Robertsville State Park
  • As of Friday, April 16, the park office is open with limited hours, 8 a.m.- 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday through May 15.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
  • As of Friday, April 16, the park office is open with limited hours via walk up window.
  • Devil’s Icebox Trail - On recent weekends, the Devil’s Icebox parking lot and trail have been at full capacity. Therefore, we advise visiting on a week day instead, if possible, or selecting an alternative parking location, including the Grassland Trailhead (hike .5 mile north on the Sinkhole Trail) or the picnic area next to Gilbert Shelter and the flushing toilets (hike 1 mile south on the Spring Brook Trail). Visitors are encouraged to pick a different trail to explore. See the park map to view other parks lots and trails.
Stockton State Park
  • Marina and lodging are open with COVID-19 precautions in place. Restaurant is open for carry out only and on a limited menu. Information regarding lodging is available at www.stocktonstateparkmarina.com, or you may contact the marina at 417-276-5329 for questions and reservations.
Harry S Truman State Park
  • As of Friday, April 16, the park office is temporarily closed. Office will be open with limited hours starting May 1.
Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park
  • Effective April 1, regular on-season hours will resume at the Missouri’s American Indian Cultural Center at Annie and Abel Van Meter State Park. The center will be open Thursdays through Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Occupancy will be limited to 20 people inside at one time, and the audio-visual room will be limited to six people. Face coverings will be encouraged. Disposable face coverings and a hand sanitizer station will be placed near the entrance.
Watkins Mill State Park and State Historic Site
  • Tours of the woolen mill and Watkins house are offered on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Monday holidays. Tour times are: Thursday through Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and Monday holidays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Beginning May 16: The visitor center and museum will be open seven days a week. Hours of operation are Mondays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historic site grounds are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Per local ordinance, masks will be required inside the visitor center.