Description - With a commanding view from atop a bluff, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is one of the best representations of early 20th Century sensibilities in the Midwest. Walk through the 31-room, 12,000-square-foot lodge built atop two natural caves by Sedalia lawyer John Homer Bothwell. You will marvel at the owner’s eclectic tastes and how a country gentlemen furnished a recreational lodge for himself and his friends. Most of the furnishings in the house are original, and the property also has a three-mile hiking and mountain biking trail.
- Attractions at the Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site include the 12,000 square foot lodge, two hiking trails, picnic areas and the Radiant Trail for mountain biking.
Recreation - Touring the castle-like home, picnicking, hiking and biking are popular activities at Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site. There is also a playground at this site. Teacher's guides are available to prepare school groups for their tours.
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.
Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is located north of Sedalia off of Highway 65 on Bothwell State Park Road.