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Bennett Spring State Park

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The Bennett Spring area was founded by pioneers who used the cool, rushing waters of the spring-fed stream for gristmills. Now, it’s one of America’s premier trout destinations where people come to wrestle with rainbow trout and fish a stream that’s stocked every night. Bennett Spring State Park has fishing, hiking that runs from simple to strenuous, and a lodge with hearty stick-to-your ribs food. The park's proximity to Interstate 44 makes it an easy trip from all parts of Missouri.

Park Hours

Park Grounds:

Sunrise to one hour past sunset, daily

 

Dining Lodge hours

7 a.m. to one hour after whistle during trout season

Nature Center hours

  • Feb. 25 through Oct. 31
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday
  • Nov. 1 through Feb. 24
    Closed

Park Office hours

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    Feb. 25 through Oct. 31
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
    Closed on state holidays. 
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    Nov. 1 through Feb. 24
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • The park office is closed on state holidays.

Store hours

Fishing Season
One hour before through one hour after the regular fishing day schedule, daily during season 

November through January
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Address

26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536-6797

Phone numbers

  • Park Office: (417) 532-4338
  • Lodging/Store: (417) 532-4307
  • Dining: (417) 532-4547
  • Nature Center: (417) 532-3925
Sometime between 1936 and 1938, the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution published “The Old Tavern; Book of Recipes,” which contained more than 700 recipes from DAR members and the J. Huston Tavern at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. The recipes offered a unique glimpse into our food culture during the early years of the 20th century. On page 36 is a recipe for buttermilk biscuits: “Add to ½ sifter of flour, 1 scant tsp. soda, ¼ tsp salt, 2 level tsp. baking powder. Sift into mixing bowl. Cut in with fork 2 heaping tbsp. lard, 1pt. buttermilk. Turn onto floured board, knead to soft dough, Roll 3/8 inch thick. Bake in greased pan in hot oven. 30 biscuits.” You can try the recipe itself or enjoy the fine food served today at the J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continually operating restaurant west of the Mississippi. For more information, visit http://www.mostateparks.com/park/arrow-rock-state-historic-site.