Extend Your Tour

Photo album © Kevin Morgan

Jesse James Farm & Museum
21216 Jesse James Farm Rd.
Kearney, MO 64060
One of the most widely visited historic sites in Clay County is the Jesse James Farm and Museum, minutes from Excelsior Springs. Tour the cabin where Jesse James was born on Sept. 5, 1847 and grew up with his brother, Frank, whose exploits as outlaws are today a legend. At the museum, visitors can view an informative video, a collection of family artifacts and souvenirs. Daily tours of the museum and cabin are available and fun activities are held throughout the year.

Watkins Woolen Mill, Museum
& State Park

26600 Park Road North
Lawson, MO 64062
The nation’s last fully equipped 19th century woolen mill is on the historic site once owned by the Watkins family. Tour the 1860 woolen mill and gristmill, the 1850 house, Visitor Center and Museum. The state park features camping, fishing, swimming and picnicking areas. The Living History Farm Program, offered on weekends in the spring and fall, brings the 1870s back to life with costumed interpreters demonstrating agricultural and industrial activities.

Cooley Lake Wildlife Area
Highway N and 210
Just south of Excelsior Springs near the junction of Highway N and 210, you will find Cooley Lake Wildlife Area and Cooley Missouri River Access, both owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation. These sites, comprising 1,348 acres, include the old oxbow lakes that were once part of the Missouri upland forests, loess bluffs, limestone outcrops, and old fields, in addition to the river access. They offer fishing, hiking, birdwatching, and, on the river, boating as well. Contact the Department for other activities allowed here.

Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary
407 N. Lafrenz Rd.
Liberty, MO
The Nature Sanctuary provides hands-on environmental and natural science education for all ages within its 100 acres of land. The nature preserve is designed for hiking, nature study and observation of wildlife. Nature center, restrooms, exibits (including live animals), gift shop and picnic areas. The Rush Creek Trail is ADA accessible.

Tryst Falls Park
Route 92
Kearney, MO 64060
Tryst Falls is a scenic waterfall, one of the only natural waterfalls in the area. This natural park includes a playground, shelter houses and picnic tables. Shelter facilities available for rental. Open dawn to dusk.

Rocky Hollow Park
Rocky Hollow is a restful, county park located just west of Excelsior Springs. The park features a shelter house, picnic tables and portable toilet near shelter with fishing lake at an old quarry site.

Four Horses & A Dog
Vineyard and Winery

15010 Salem Rd.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

Established in 2008, the winery tastings and tours are available by appointment or through the Wine Trolley bookings. Read More

Trolley Tours
Chamber of Commerce
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
There’s no better way to experience the scenery and rich history of Excelsior Springs than in the Chamber’s trolley! Available for historic tours, conferences, reunions, weddings and more, the trolley will take you back in time while providing modern amenities such as air conditioning and heat. Alcoholic beverages allowed with conditions. Read More

Salem Christian Union Church
15701 Salem Rd.
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

Salem Christian Union Church (SCU) was the first church established in Clay County. The Church was established in the mid-1800’s during the Civil War. The Salem Church Cemetery is the resting place of many Excelsior Springs founding fathers including the Rev. J.V.B. Flack, who was probably most instrumental in the town’s development.

Barns, Landscapes and the Countryside
Excelsior Springs abounds in a beautiful landscape of riverscapes, lake settings, rolling hills and countryside. Take a drive in and around Excelsior Springs to experience historic barns, natural beauty areas and wildlife. Bring your camera!