Open 365 days a year Sunrise - Sunset

Aka: William M. Klein Park also known as "The Barnes Enclosure"

Why All the Different Names?  Click Here to Find Out Why.

About Us

We are a Free to the Public Open Nature Park and Historical Society. We are members of both the Jackson County Parks system as well as the Kansas City Parks and Recreation.  The day to day management of the park has been run by a volunteer Board of Directors and staff since 1976.  

Who are we?


Cave Spring Park sits on a key historical point Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails. In 1909 The Daughters of the American Revolution laid a granite marker on Blue Ridge Blvd denoting the significant role the Cave and area played on the Santa Fe Trail.   In 1978 the park was inducted to the National Register of Historic Places as a site of Significant Commerce, Transportation and Exploration/Settlement.

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Activities & Programs

We offer year round programs for all ages.   Our annual Pumpkins on Parade in partnership with the Raytown Kiwanis Club draws thousands of local youth.    Oh! and don't forget the Rocks!! (Raytown Rocks)

Want to have some fun?

Volunteer Projects

We partner with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Americorps, Catholic Charities as well as numerous other service based and volunteer based groups that are the backbone of keeping the park clean and trails marked.  Without them we wouldn't be able to do it!

Want to pay it forward?

Hiking & Camping

We offer 4.5 miles of winding but easy trails.  Wildlife is abundant in the park with Deer, Fox, Hawks and all kinds of critters.  (Be certain to look for the Loch Ness Turtle, as massive brute that lives in our pond.).  We also offer over night camping with a priority given to scout troops.

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Educational Programs

On average we have between 2,000-4,000 youth participate in class trips and more extended nature programs.  We also offer adult classes on Astronomy, Forestry, Hiker Safety as well as numerous other seasonal programs.

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Facility Rental & Sign Advertising

We offer rental of our facility for Weddings, Reunions and Parties.  (The Interpretive Center is not available till we remodel, sorry. )  We also offer advertising on our sign that sits on the corner Blue Ridge Blvd and Gregory Blvd at the best rates in town with some of the best exposure.  100% of your money from this goes to help keeping our programs open and free!

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Historical Research Society

We have a Historical Research Society that gathers, preserves and curates historical documents as well as conducting field research under the guidance of Professional Archaeologists and in coordination with other professionals.

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A Short Video About the History of Cave Spring Park

Get In Touch

We would love to hear from you!


Text:  816-659-1945

Chat: Click on Lower Right Box from 10am to 8pm