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Battle of Athens State Historic Site


Battle of Athens Historic Site is a place of peace and serenity. Its historic buildings, tree-studded landscape, and mile of Des Moines River frontage make the site a perfect place to hikepicnic or camp. But today’s peace belies the site’s history as the place where the most northern battle fought west of the Mississippi occurred, when about 500 Union soldiers repelled nearly four times their number of pro-Southern State Guardsmen. The site includes interpretation and tours of the battlefield as well as a number of historic buildings, including one that was pierced by a cannonball during the battle.


Devyn Larsh

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Cool place to explore. We didn't see the public bathrooms by the road, and, since the shelter's bathrooms were locked, we had to pee in the woods. But we cannot hold that against them as it was our oversight.

Susan Dover

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Modern restrooms, huge shelter with many picnic tables, historical buildings are well taken care of.

Alisha Seth

Friday, June 1, 2018
A beautiful historic place. Well maintaned land.

Dan Cass

Friday, March 30, 2018
Took Grandkids...they loved the park..enjoyed the history...great place ,plan on coming back and trying our luck fishing in the lake!

Kyle Shannon

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Exlent camping fishing and fire wood! It's a wonderful place!!!

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