In 1920, Sequiota was bought by the State of Missouri and used as a fish hatchery. The fish hatchery developed the current lake that is still there today. Although Sequiota has always been used as a park, it wasn’t officially labeled as one until 1959. It was deeded to the City of Springfield once the fish hatchery moved to Table Rock Lake, Edwards says.
On your visit, there are multiple unique aspects of the park to seek out. Within Sequiota, there are three caves, and the largest is the main water supply for the lake that the paved path loops around. These caves are home to endangered bats and are considered to be their safe haven. Although these caves are closed to visitors without a permit, you can still admire them from a distance. If you are eager to see inside, the Park Board offers boat tours throughout the year.
While at Sequiota, be sure to enjoy a picnic and make the most of the large shaded pavilion and many picnic tables and grills. There are also multiple grassy areas that are nicely shaded thanks to the park’s towering trees.
Sequiota might offer the perfect spot for an afternoon walk, but it is also connected to the Galloway Trail and serves as a trailhead for the greenway. For those who are looking for a space to ride bikes, jog, or hike, Galloway Trail offers 5 miles of paved paths beginning at Pershing Elementary School and ending at the old iron bridge over James River.