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A statue of John William "Blind" Boone sits in the park named in his honor. Blind Boone was a brilliant musician who grew up in Warrensburg. This restored park features a scent garden, wind harp, gazebo and reflexology path. Ideal for family outings or quiet contemplation.
This park, with its panoramic view of Hannibal and the Mississippi River, is reached by 244 stairs which begin at the north end of Main Street. At the bottom stands the bronze statue, sculpted in 1925, of Twain's most memorable and mischievous characters, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, walking along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. The top features a new interpretive panel on the history of the lighthouse.
New 9-hole Frisbee Golf Course in the scenic setting of Kellogg Lake along Route 66 in Carthage, Missouri.
This Lexington city park, about a block from the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, has a pavilion shelter that is a replica of the Masonic College building that served as Union headquarters during the battle.
A marker indicates where Union Col. Mulligan hid $1 million in confiscated funds under his tent during the battle. The park also features a restored cannon from the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”). Picnic tables and playground equipment.
Faust County Park is located on a tract of land that once belonged to Frederick Bates, the second governor of Missouri. In 1818, he built a home on the property and named his estate Thornhill. That home is one of the park's many prominent features.
In addition to Thornhill, the park is home to:
Check each attraction's webpage for specific operation hours, admission prices, and information.
This park, in downtown Columbia, is bordered by the Flat Branch Creek. The park features a gazebo, benches and tables, sidewalks, historic markers and green space. The south end of the park includes a “sprayground,” a suspension bridge, playground, seating areas, and public art.
The park may be used for special events; a Special Use Permit is required.
Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available at Flat Branch Park.
Flat Branch Park is the trailhead to Columbia’s MKT Trail, a ten-mile walking and bicycling tributary to the Katy Trail.
Note: The phone number shown is for the Columbia Parks & Recreation office. The address shown is the northernmost section of the park.
One of the largest urban parks in the United States; at 1,371 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York City.
The park is home to the St. Louis Art Museum; the Science Center; the world famous St. Louis Zoo; the Jewel Box greenhouse; the Missouri History Museum; The Muny open-air theatre; biking, jogging and skating paths; an ice-skating rink; a golf course; lakes; and other activities.
Note: The address shown is for the Forest Park Forever Association, located within the park.
Amenities at Fort Smith Park include three full-scale cannons, restored redoubts, a lookout point, period flags, informative signage, and an ordnance shed displaying illustrations of various types of artillery shells used in the conflict. Visitors can relax and picnic with wonderful views of the city and countryside.
Ft. Smith, named for Colonel Robert F. Smith, was erected in September 1861 as a safeguard against conflicting armies battling on either side of the state line. By spring 1862, the Union troops at Ft. Smith were downsized.
The park is closed October 15-April 15.
Fort Zumwalt Park has two historic sites, native woodland scenery and fishing in Lake Whetsel. The Darius Head Home, built circa 1884, is open for tours during special events and by appointment. A large limestone chimney and an interpretive sign mark the site of Zumwalt's Fort, a War of 1812 settler fort. A replica of the original fort is under construction with completion scheduled for 2012. The park contains a one-mile walking/jogging path and a large playground under shady trees. Fort Zumwalt Park is home to the annual Celebration of Lights drive-through holiday light display beginning the day after Thanksgiving through Dec. 30.
The five major areas within the park's boundaries include: A 250-seat amphitheater with an 18-foot by 30-foot stage, wired for sound and light equipment; a re-creation of the original spring used by our founders; an upland woods area depicting the natural hardwood forest which once existed on the site, including a 10-foot by 120-foot historical mural covering the first 100 years of Springfield's citizens, buildings and local historical events; a historical timeline that describes the growth of Springfield during the first 100 years and how national and international events played a part in the city's development; and an area for native prairie grasses which existed on the nearby Kickapoo Prairie. The park is lit by a combination of area lighting and Victorian-style pedestrian fixtures. An ornamental seven-foot high steel picket fence provides security for the park.
Hidden Waters Nature Park is the home to the Callaway Cabin and beautiful nature trails located at the beginning of the Niangua River in the heart of Marshfield. The park has four full-time and numerous sporadic wet weather springs. A trail through the park leads past ponds, waterfalls, bridges over the stream and woodland gardens. Many of the native plants have been reintroduced in the park. An addition to the park is a meadow with adjacent limestone hills and stream. The park allows a true glimpse into the past including the Callaway Cabin which was built in 1853 and is one of the few surviving structures after the devastating 1880 tornado. This five plus acre nature park offers many educational opportunities.
An urban meadow vast enough to find places for solitude and places to socialize. Described as a "grand civic gesture", Jordan Valley Park is designed to mix open space and buildings, water and meadows, playgrounds and plazas.
The facility rents canoes, single kayaks and two-person kayaks.
The park includes fishing on Springfield Lake, hiking, bird watching, community room rental, pavilions and playgrounds.
The park offers trout fishing in the Roubidoux River (Missouri fishing license required); an underwater cave that is open for scuba diving (clearance from the sheriff's department required); picnic tables; restrooms; and a walking trail. The Trail of Tears crossed the Roubidoux River here.
The park may be closed during flooding.
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