Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park
Nestled in the hills surrounding the Missouri River, Babler Memorial State Park boasts 77 campsites, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a visitor center with exhibits about native wildlife, a horseback-riding concession for those who do not bring their own horses, and 13 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. Incredible mini-parks also have been carved out within the overall park space. Babler Park also provides outdoor experiences for those with special needs at the Jacob L. Babler Outdoor Education Center, a barrier-free resident camp with swimming pool (exclusive to outdoor education center users), cabins and recreation and dining halls. Note: Cell phone service is nonexistent in certain areas of the park.
- Hours: Apr - Oct, daily, 7am - 9pm; Nov - Mar, daily, 7am - 6pm
- Handicap Accessible: Yes
- Founding Date: 1937
- What makes this community special?: This park provides camping, picnicking, and trails for bicycling, horseback riding, hiking and interpretive excursions. Trails include Hawthorn, 1.25 miles; Dogwood, 2 miles; Woodbine, 1.75 miles; Virginia Day Memorial Nature Trail, 2 miles.
- Parking: Free lot, On-street: free
- Are there any interesting facts about this location?: Classrooms and an auditorium are available for special programs. The park is open year-round.
- Features: Athletic fields, Benches, Camping, Grills, Picnic pavilions, Picnic tables, Playgrounds
- Services: Ranger, Restrooms
- Permit requirements: No entrance fees; however, fees for camping, lodging, tours, museums and special events. Dogs must be kept on leashes. Permit required prior to placing a (geo)cache. Activities, such as weddings, are permitted by prior approval.
- Restrictions: No alcohol
- Wi-Fi: None
- Area: 2,441 acres