Description - Battle of Athens Historic Site is a place of peace and serenity. Its historic buildings, tree-studded landscape, and mile of Des Moines River frontage make the site a perfect place to hike, picnic or camp. But today’s peace belies the site’s history as the place where the most northern battle fought west of the Mississippi occurred, when about 500 Union soldiers repelled nearly four times their number of pro-Southern State Guardsmen. The site includes interpretation and tours of the battlefield as well as a number of historic buildings, including one that was pierced by a cannonball during the battle.
- Attractions at The Battle of Athens State Historic Site include visiting the Thome Benning Home, two hiking trails, three picnic sites, interpretive programs and fishing and boating on the 10 are lake
Recreation - Recreational opportunities at Battle of Athens Historic Site include historic site tours, camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing, boating and interpretive programs. Some picnic sites also have playgrounds.
Climate - Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.
Battle of Athens State Historic Site is located in the north eastern portion of Missouri, near Athens.