Bicentennial Conservation Area

Driving Directions

In Neosho at the junction of Business 71 and Highway 59/60, take 59/60 east to Oak Ridge Extension, then south to Burr Crossing Road, then east to Landis Road. Continue east on Landis to Doniphan Drive, then south to area parking lots.


This area is mostly forest.

About This Area

Bicentennial Conservation Area, located in southern Newton County, was once part of the old, World War II Camp Crowder Army Base. The U.S. Army selected the Neosho site for the base because of its proximity to water, railroads, and highways. Visitors to the area can still see foundations, fruit trees, open fields and other remnants of many of the hundreds of small farms purchased by the federal government for the 60,000-acre base.

Camp Crowder was named for Judge Advocate General and U.S. Ambassador to Cuba Enoch H. Crowder. Thousands of soldiers went through basic training here before the camp was decommissioned in the mid 1950s, including Mort Walker, who immortalized the Camp as Camp Swampy in his syndicated comic strip, Beetle Bailey.

Bicentennial Conservation Area, encompassing 721 acres, is approximately 90 percent forested. Primary species include white, black, post, blackjack and red oaks, hackberry, elm, black cherry, black walnut, and ash.

The area hosts various wildlife species including large numbers of deer and squirrels. Turkeys have been stocked here.

General Information




Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bicycling  Bicycling is allowed on multi use trails. No riding on Mort Walker Trail, the paved trail. 
Bird Watching  Woodland species abundant during breeding season. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  Seasonal closures may apply. 
Hiking  Hiking is allowed on all trails.  
Horseback Riding  Horseback riding is allowed on multi use trails. No riding on Mort Walker Trail, the paved trail. 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lotaccessible  Large paved area for disabled access at west parking lot at pavilion. 
Pavilionaccessible  Covered, with tables  

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Spring White Oak Spring 2000.00 # gallons per day  
Stream - Intermittent  1.60 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 693.00  
Wetland 1.00 Actually less than 1 acre 
Grassland (non-prairie) 27.00  
Total Area Acres:721.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Mort Walker Trail (Easy)accessibleDisabled-Accessible Trail 0.80 
Multi-use trail (Moderate) Multi-Use (Hike/Bike/Horse) 4.50 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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