Knob Noster State Park in Missouri

Knob Noster State Park

When January grants an especially beautiful day, the adventure seeker takes advantage!  Just a short drive from the house, Knob Noster State Park did a great job of  curing most of my cabin fever.

Whenever I am looking for a place to explore, I usually come across a bit of history in my research.  I read mention of this stone wall before heading out and after seeing it in person, I was quite curious to finish up my research of Knob Noster, when I got home.  “During the Great Depression, a coalition of Kansas Citians proposed the creation of a park area that would serve three purposes: to act as a recreational area for people in the local area, to provide employment relief for those unable to find work during this time., and to rehabilitate approximately 2,700 acres of marginal land, which resulted from unsustainable farming and agriculture. The National Park Service (NPS) agreed to …..”  Click here to continue reading more interesting history behind Knob Noster State Park.  This wall was built

by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s.

Knob Noster is just short of 4,000 acres in size, and has a little over 19 miles of hiking trails.  While I have not exhausted all trails here, the trails I hiked so far are what I would call easy.  There are 2 orienteering courses here.  One course is 1.57 miles and the 2nd course is 7.22 miles.  There are 2 lakes in the park.  Lake Buteo is approximately 5 acres and Clearfork Lake that is approximately 8 acres.

Knob Noster has camping, fishing, picnic areas, and kayak rentals.  I am only guessing, at this point, that motorized water craft are not allowed on the lakes, as they are not very large.

One of my favorite things about Knob Noster State Park should come to no surprise to anyone.  The park is dog friendly!  While I did find a couple places where I was able to let Bonnie run, I kept her on her leash the remainder of the time.  There were several places on the lakes and in the creeks that were partially frozen.

BONE:  EDGES OF FROZEN LAKES/PONDS CAN EASILY GIVE WAY AND YOUR DOG CAN SLIDE INTO THE ICY WATER.  Or the dog might follow the frozen ice out to where they can drink, and fall into the water there.  Temperatures of icy water will quickly drop the dog’s temperature and you might quickly find yourself in an emergency situation, with a freezing cold dog.  If you have to go into the icy water to retrieve your furry family member, it is a bad situation for everyone involved.

Dog On A Log – Bonnie taking in the view.

I keep my dogs on a leash when around frozen water.

While I will be the first to admit, I enjoy letting my dogs run free when I deem it safe, and there are not others around for my dogs to impose on.  I can also agree that dogs can still have a blast of an adventure while on leash, as well.

Bonnie will be 4 years old in May (2018), and I am so proud of how she handles on our adventures now.  Boy oh boy was she a handful of a pup.  I had the end of her leash attached to my pack waist strap and we traversed all the trails will zero complications.  Her recall, the two brief periods that she was off leash were on point with immediate returns.

I am not sure why, but it is fun for me to research a place that I want to explore and find what I call the classic shot for that area.  For Knob Noster State Park, it is this “path” of rocks for crossing this creek crossing.  I am sure in the spring, or heavy rains, they come in quite handy.

My time at Knob Noster was very refreshing, and remains on my list of places to explore.  I hope to head back out there for the springs blooms and some overnight backpacking.  I am sure I will be doing some over night car camping trips also.  This is a great place to do spring training for the seasons bigger hikes.

Until next time my lovely readers, do your self a favor, and get outside!! Thanks for reading!

Knob Noster State Park hiking!


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