Watkins Mill State Park

EASY 26 reviews

Watkins Mill State Park is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Excelsior Springs, Missouri that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.8 miles 173 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

road biking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

The trail at Watkins Mill State Park is a paved, easy loop great for all sorts of outdoor activities such as bike riding, running, and hiking. The trail loops around the lake, giving you views through gaps in the forest. Along the trail are picnic areas, a beach, an historical area, and fishing opportunities. Low elevation gain and a reasonable length makes this a perfect spot for beginners. Note: No Dogs allowed in park past the Visitor Center.

hiking
4 days ago

12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

walking
3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Trail circles pond at park campground. Nice, mostly paved trail good for walking, jogging, easy cycling. Lots of wooded stretches, but will also take you past beach and picnic parking lots (bathrooms at beach lot.)

An easy multi use family trail, but you'll be there because you're camping and/or in the area to see the Mill.

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

I have done this the past few weekends. Great trails that are paved and mostly shaded, lots of wildlife and a friendly terrain.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Enjoyed walking the paved trail around the lake, but went "off-road" a few times to add some challenge and variety. Crossed the shallow creek, climbed above the trail along a rocky crag, and followed an improved trail that led to a picnic area. With all of the leaves down, it was cool to see other parts of this large state park. If you have time, be sure to visit the historic home, mill, and visitors center.

hiking
1 year ago

Easy trip from Kansas City. I had been here a few years ago but hiked a different part of the park, near the historic buildings. But this time, I hiked/walked the PAVED BICYCLE LAKE TRAIL and was delighted with the beauty and variety. I had my trusty hiking dog with me, and he enjoyed it, too. On a gorgeous early fall day, there were lots of trail users, incl families with strollers and many bicyclists. I'll definitely come back with my bike some time.
I wanted to end the trip by seeing the historic buildings, so I made my way to the Visitors Center, but was disappointed to learn that they had changed the rules and accessibility for bringing dogs (on a leash); they no longer allow dogs in that section of the park, which you access through the Visitors Center. I couldn't find a "sneaky" way around. Instead, we walked up the paved road along side the Visitors Center toward a youth camp, then called it a day.

1 year ago

Great loop trail, all paved, some wildlife, mostly shaded, very busy.

walking
1 year ago

walking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

walking
2 years ago

Good place to go for a hike around a 4 mile paved trail. You can bike ride as well. It stays moderate for the number of people seen!

walking
2 years ago

Good "get out and hike" trail. For a while we would visit weekly just for the walk and to get away! The trail is paved and goes around a lake with several wooden bridge crossings. Stays pretty busy for a trail. The views are nice and Missouri has season changes to offer. There is a little stream that has a drop, I wouldn't call it a waterfall, but still very nice, and you can go right up to it to get some pictures, sit for a while, or just about anything else. Along the trail there is an opening to swim at from Memorial Day through Labor Day every year. So, you could make a stop along the way if you wish too!

road biking
2 years ago

This was a nice easy paved trail that circled the lake. Saw a lot of walkers and bikers.

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

Nice paved trail, frequent views of the lake, off-trails will lead you to some rock and water, lots of resting benches and a few restrooms along the trail.