Bicentennial CA

  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • Hiking Trail (Disabled Accessible)Hiking Trail (Disabled Accessible)
  • Bike TrailBike Trail
  • Viewing Platform (Disabled Accessible)Viewing Platform (Disabled Accessible)
  • BoundaryBoundary
Things to do when you visit: 
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
    • Open Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack
  • Trails
    • Biking,
    • Horseback,
    • Hiking

About this Area

Bicentennial CA

Bicentennial CA
Missouri Department of Conservation

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.

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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.
For more information call:
(417) 895-6880
Area Regulations