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Loved it! Kid friendly. Relatively flat, so not too difficult for my littles and plenty to entertain everyone. We especially liked the playground area.

This is a fantastic park for kids! There are so many paths and little slopes and rocks to climb. There is even a little bitty waterfall. There is a kids play area to the right of the main entrance and directly above the cave.

18 days ago

Clean maintained concrete path trail. very easy, very fun! Great for families, dogs, and joggers.

1 month ago

Similar to my experience on McAdoo Trail--way too muddy to venture far on this trail. We made it to the small pond, then turned back around. You reach this TH after going through the main entrance of the Park, turn left at the Visitors Center and follow the road out of the park to Hwy DD. Good road signage to get you to Opossum Trail and to McAdoo Trail.

I picked a very muddy January day to check out this trail for the first time. I liked the trail enough but it didn't make a huge impression. The first half mile or so, you are close enough to the highway to hear the traffic noise...not my favorite. You cross a small creek early into the hike. It was frozen solid on the day I went. It is an easy trail, with occasional rocky sections. Not much climbing. There are two sections of the McAdoo Trail. The section I took first was at the end of a gravel trail that gave way to the natural trail surface. I followed around clockwise to the connector trail (blazed with white numbers) to shorten my hike, mainly b/c the mud was so unpleasant and slippery. I headed back to the small parking area and turned around to discover the other section, entering near a small pond. It was notable immediately for the tall pine trees and the cinder trail surface. Much more enjoyable, but soon enough, the pines disappeared and it was more of the same mud. I might come back in drier weather.

2 months ago

Good hike. Terrain is rocky but easy to handle. Easy to moderate hike. Finished just under two hours.

Spent the afternoon at Watkins Mill Park. Beautiful late Fall day with temps in the upper 50’s. I brought my road bike and rode around the lake first. It’s about 4 miles and a pretty smooth ride on the asphalt trail. I then hiked the same trail on foot with a few stops to snap some pictures. This is a nice park including the lake with wild geese, a running stream and quite a bit of forest area. The beach is open in the summer, and there is a boat launch as well as picnic areas and restrooms. Spend some time to tour the old mill if you can too. Watkins Mill State Park is worth visiting many times.

Good trail. A little climbing. Dog liked it.

3 months ago

fun trail with good views and some history

Pretty basic and not much scenery unless you go off the path. Maybe good for young kids.

3 months ago

Beginning of the trail was fairly littered by the road, but the rest of the trail was beautiful. Wear good shoes because the trail is rocky in parts. Some of the trail was not marked well. Great hike!

Well marked, good trail running course.

I've used this trail multiple times but it needs some maintenance for sure. A couple months ago, my dog and I got covered in seed ticks and it was a complete nightmare. Other than that, it's a great trail.

Well-maintained and blazed trail. Not particularly challenging, which means not that much fun by my standards, but its length (one of the longest around for me) keeps it in regular rotation.

good hike. took us right at 2hrs

Lovely trail. Needs more attention to maintenance. Spiderwebs galore and out of control brush in some places.

6 months ago

This trail was very well marked. We enjoyed the long hike, had a few big hills. A few downed trees that we could crawl over. Nice and quiet. At the end there is a beautiful piney patch of woods that makes you feel like you're not in Missouri anymore.

This was a great place to take my eight year old son to explore. We lingered on all of the dirt trails off of the asphalt trail and loved the ruins of the cabins.

This could've been a decent trail, but it's over grown and not well marked the end. Luckily We had our gps, We almost got lost. Also there is a ton of spiders and when we were leaving we
noticed a bunch of little tiny bugs crawling all over us. I think we got them off after scrubbing ourselves till I think we got them all. Just a little bit traumatized. I would not recommend this trail!

6 months ago

A very easy trail.

Beautiful trail. But we were all completely covered in deer/seed ticks

I love coming to Watkins. I walk the trail a lot, camped here for the first time this past weekend and really loved it.

The only problem was noise level with tree trimming and mowing all in the same day...all day.

I will definitely camp there again, though.

Great trail. Did not complete full loop but took white connectors. Lots and lots of trees down from recent storm. Lots of different kinds of oaks.

trail running
8 months ago

Beautiful trail. Not many pine tree trails around here but there is a small section in McAdoo. It was a nice surprise! My new favorite of all KNSP trails.

Lovely walk. Great for shade in hot weather but also has a south end with fewer trees for cooler weather. One of our favorites.

trail running
8 months ago

Very well maintained, moderate difficulty

Mountain of trash dumped right at the foot of the overgrown trail

8 months ago

The maintenance of this trail is very poor. Over grown weeds and grass, at the top of the hill the trail disappears altogether.

It was a great trail, the only thing is that when we got home we were covered in ticks!!

It is a pretty Trail fairly easy would have liked to be a bit longer

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