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Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

Park Information

Nathan Boone was a genuine Missouri icon – a hunter, soldier, surveyor, and businessman. Boone carried his father’s name – he was the youngest son of Daniel Boone – deep into the Missouri wilderness. His last home, preserved at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site, is now a place to travel back to the 1830s. Come explore his home and the cemeteries associated with it and learn more about one of the families that defined early Missouri.

Park Hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)
April through October

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday
  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
  • The site is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Winter Hours (Off-Season)
November through March

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday
  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
  • The site is closed Monday through Thursday.

Guided tours are available. 

Every spring, the woodlands in Missouri burst with color even before the trees begin to bud. The first signs of spring come from plants called spring ephemerals. Ephemeral refers to a plant with a very short life cycle. Spring ephemerals take advantage of all the sunlight hitting the forest floor before the leaves come out. They bloom and die back very quickly, but while they are blooming, they put on a stunning show. From the blues and purples of the Virginia bluebells to the oddly-shaped white Dutchman’s breeches, a bounty of color and new life awaits you on many Missouri state park and historic site trails. One of the most popular trails for spring ephemeral wildflower viewing is the Thousand Steps Trail at Washington State Park. If you take a walk on this trail, your eyes will be treated to a carpet of trilliums, bluebells, Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauties and wild sweet Williams. For more on trail in Washington State Park, visit http://www.mostateparks.com/trails/washington-state-park.