Parma Woods Range and Training Center

Driving Directions

From Downtown Parkville, take Route FF (Mills Street) west 2 miles, then River Road (intersection at Parkville Vikings Football Field) west about 3 miles to the entrance, which is west of I-435.


The Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located on 200.6 acres of scenic bluff land above the Missouri River. These forested hills offer visitors the opportunity to pursue a variety of outdoor activities. Popular activities include shooting, hunting, hiking, and wildlife observation. In addition, our staff of specialists and trained volunteers offer a variety of outdoor skills programs to the public at no cost.

About This Area

The Parma Woods Conservation Area is nestled in the hills along the Missouri River of southern Platte County. The area includes 200 acres of rugged bluff land.

The tract is named in honor of William F. Parma, who donated the land to Platte County Commission in 1986. In the Fall of 1994, the Platte County Commission and the Missouri Department of Conservation entered into a 50-year lease agreement for the construction of a Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The Range was opened on November 7, 2001.

Most of the area outside the immediate Range area is forested. Tree species found on the ridges include black walnut, honey locust, elm, shingle oak, and hickory. The hillside tree species include chinquapin oak, walnut, basswood, white oak, northern red oak, and white ash.  Some of the valley trees are sycamore and hackberry. The major goal of the area is to provide outdoor recreation opportunities for the public.

Area Hours

May 1-September 30
Friday-Sunday 10 AM-4 PM
Monday-Tuesday 2-8 PM
Closed Wednesday & Thursday

October 1-April 30
Friday-Tuesday 12-4:30 PM
Closed Wednesday & Thursday

General Information

Kansas City




  • The range is closed for public use on Wednesdays & Thursdays for maintenance.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population. Shotgun and archery methods allowed (No single projectile firearms allowed)  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Other Archery Range   
OtheraccessibleShooting Range   
Parking Lotaccessible  Three parking lots include 95 parking spaces, five of which are handicap accessible. 
Privy/Restroomaccessible  One is located in Staffed Office.  
Staffed Officeaccessible   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
No Identified Features

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Other 30.00 Roads, parking lots, and buildings. 
Forest and Woodland 170.00  
Total Area Acres:200.06 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Hiking trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.30 

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Shooting Range General Information






Oct.1-Apr.30/Friday-Tues 12 noon-4:30 May 1-Sept.30 Fri.Sat.Sun 10:00am-4:00pm Mon.Tues. 2:00pm-8;00pm

Click Shooting Ranges for more information.

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