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Covering 3,934 acres, Knob Noster State Park in Missouri has enough room for everyone to enjoy this outdoor escape. The park gets its name from the nearby town of Knob Noster, which is then named after one of the small hills in the area. The hills are particularly notable as they rise up dramatically in what is otherwise a flat section of the state.
The park offers visitors the opportunity to take part in a range of recreational activities throughout the year, including fishing, hiking, and camping, all of which encourage people to rent a camper in Johnson County. The area of land is often dubbed 'where the forest and the prairies meet,' as the large stretches of prairie in western Missouri just start to get broken up by clumps of trees. Kansas City is about an hour's drive away for easy access, while the towns of Warrensburg and Concordia are even closer.
Bring your own or rent a kayak directly from the park and head out onto Lake Buteo, one of the two lakes located in the park. Hopping in a kayak is a great way to get a different sort of exercise and explore the waterways. There is also a trail that runs all around the perimeter of this park if you are looking to explore the shores from a different perspective. This is a wonderful way to spend the day before heading back to your rental RV for a picnic or a BBQ. Make use of one of the picnic tables in the picnic areas, or if there is a large group of you, then rent one of the three large picnic shelters.
Whether you are an experienced hiker looking for some adventure or just want a short stroll, there are options for everyone at Knob Noster State Park. Leave the RV rental behind and set out on some of the 20 miles of trail that runs through the park. Great for a short walk is the mile-long Discovery Trail that runs along the banks of the creek, broken up by a series of bridges and water bars. For a little more of a challenging hike is the five-mile McAdoo Trail, which runs through Christopher Woods. The terrain here is much more challenging, with slippery rocks and lots of scrambling, so be sure to pack your hiking boots.
There are lots of opportunities when it comes to fishing in the park. You could choose to fish in one of the two lakes, Buteo or Clearfork, or for something a little different, you could try fishing in Clearfork Creek. Pack your poles and tackle and try your luck with a line and see if any bass, sunfish, bluegill, carp, crappie, or catfish take the bait. Just make sure you have a valid Missouri fishing license.
The state park RV campgrounds at Knob Noster comes with everything you need to have a comfortable camping experience, plus, you'll have the trails right on your doorstep. It includes primitive and electrical sites with 30 max amp, but there are plenty of places to get water nearby, and there is a dump station on site. Sites are all level and gravel, with plenty of space between each one, with trees for both shade and privacy. At the weekends, camping at Knob Noster State Park gets particularly busy, so be sure to book ahead.
For those that don't want to go motorhome camping directly in the park, just a short drive away is The Great Escape RV Park and Campground. Visitors have the open to make use of the grassy back-in sites or the level, full hook-up pull-thru sites. Most sites are between 65-70 feet, although there are some 80 feet full hook-up super sites for those with bigger rigs. Facilities include a large, seasonal swimming pool, a dog park, laundry facilities, a clubhouse, playground, and free WiFi.
Pay a visit to the Indian Cultural Center for an insight into how the land was used many years ago. The center provides lots of details on the Oteo-Missouria Indian Tribe that once called the land their home. As well as a plethora of artifacts and carefully described exhibits, you'll also be able to admire some of the old American artwork and watch a series of interesting videos. There is always a knowledgeable ranger on-site to answer any of your questions and run some of the interpretative programs that take place throughout the year.
One of the best ways to fully appreciate the landscape is from above, and you can do just that at the Show Me Ziplines attraction. There are different types of adventures to choose from but altogether is made up of over 8000-feet of cable with over a dozen different lines. For a more unique adventure, you could try the night-lines, where you'll have the opportunity to soar through the trees at night in the darkness, so is certainly not for the faint of heart.
Another adrenaline-fuelled activity nearby is the Worlds of Fun amusement park by Kansas City. The park is also combined with Oceans of Fun, so you can have double the thrills for the price of one ticket. There is something for everyone to enjoy, with thrill rides and coasters for those that want that adrenaline rush, plus a huge range of family rides that are better suited to the little ones. New rides are added all the time, plus there are places where you can grab a bite to eat or try your luck winning a prize.