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Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Northern Early America

The passive park in our system, Fort Zumwalt is approximately 48 acres of woods and trails, acquired from the State in 1978. Fort Zumwalt Park, located in O'Fallon, Missouri, is the home of Lake Whetsel, a 4 acre lake open for fishing February through October 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. This park also houses the Fort Zumwalt Pavilion, Fort Zumwalt Shelter House, 1 playground and 1 play structure. There is a lot of history in Fort Zumwalt Park, including the still standing chimney from the original Fort Zumwalt. Fort Zumwalt is the home of the annual Christmas Light drive through display, the Celebration of Lights.

Directions to Fort Zumwalt Park

On I-70, take Exit 216 at Bryan Road in O’Fallon. Turn south on Bryan Road, then left onto Veterans Memorial Parkway (the south outer road). Drive east about 1.5 miles on Veterans Memorial Parkway to Fort Zumwalt Park. The entrance is on the right. Look for signs for parking and shuttle service for the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll. 

For more information, contact the City of O’Fallon at (636) 240-2000. Office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays.

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