Visit Wildcat Glades

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are your hours?

  • March-October
    • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday
    • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday
  • November - February
    • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday
  • The nature center is closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the Day after Christmas.
  • Trails are open from dusk till dawn.

How do I get to Grand Falls?

  • From the Center entrance, turn left (north) and head north on Main Street about 1.5 blocks to Glendale Road, which is the third exit off the roundabout. Head west. Follow Glendale for about 1.5 miles. Turn left (south) on Jackson Street and cross over the low water bridge.  Immediately after bridge, turn right (west) on Riverside Drive and follow for 2 miles. Grand Falls will be on your right side.

Is alcohol allowed?

  • Alcohol use is not allowed at the Center or in any park areas, except at authorized and permitted functions of the Center.

Are bicycles allowed on the trails?

  • Bicycles, horses, ATVs, or motorized vehicles are not allowed on or off trails in Wildcat Park areas.

Can you camp at Wildcat Park?

  • Day or night camping is not allowed at Wildcat Park.

Do you allow hunting?

  • Weapons or hunting are never allowed on the premises regardless of permits.

Where can you fish and swim?

  • Fishing and swimming is allowed on park property in the north Wildcat Park area, from the Silver Creek confluence north to the I-44 overpass and on the southwest side of Shoal Creek.
  • Fishing and swimming access is not allowed on Audubon property. Fishing and swimming accesses can be found on the west side of Shoal Creek from the Redings Mill Bridge past the I-44 overpass. 
  • There is a boat ramp access in north Wildcat Park located in an approved fishing access area.

Can I bring my dog on a walk?

  • For the safety of our visitors and for the native wildlife found at the park, no pets of any kind are allowed on Audubon park property or trails. There is a visitor pet walking area north of the Audubon Center parking lot for travelers with pets. All pets must be on a leash in the pet area. Properly registered guide dogs for the visually impaired are exempt.

Is specimen collecting allowed?

  • Plant, animal, rock, or artifact collecting is not allowed in any Audubon or Wildcat Park property except in authorized programs and by special permit.

Do you allow rock climbing or rappelling?

  • No, it is not allowed on Audubon or Wildcat Park property except in authroized programs and by special permit.

Are the Audubon trails a good place to run?

  • Because of the disturbance to nature classes and wildlife, recreational/exercise jogging and running is not allowed on Audubon trails.
  • Running and jogging is permitted on the City of Joplin trails north of the park.
  • The Wildcat Glades Trail Guide is available for download below.

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