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Columbia MO Parks and Outdoor Spaces

Our real estate agents believe that there’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than by celebrating National Take a Walk in the Park Day on March 30, and there’s no better place to celebrate than in Columbia’s open spaces! Our beautiful city is full of fabulous parks that will help you get your fill of fresh air.

Why should you lace up a pair of walking shoes and go for a stroll through Columbia’s many parks this March? A simple exercise like walking for a half of an hour each day can benefit your body in many ways, including:

  • Boosting your mood
  • Reducing your stress
  • Losing weight
  • Decreasing your potential for certain diseases

Along with these health benefits, a visit to one of Columbia’s parks benefits everyone in the community. These open spaces transform and revitalize neighborhoods, act as central locations for children and adults to play, and support the economic development of the city. Our local parks help create a beautiful home for the many families of Columbia.

Visit these great downtown Columbia parks during Take a Walk in the Park Day

  • Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary, 3300 Rollins Rd., Columbia
    Get to know the original residents of Columbia with a stroll through the Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary. This urban wildlife sanctuary is home to many native animals and plants, offering visitors a glimpse at some of Missouri’s unique natural landscape. The nature trail is less than a mile long, which makes it the perfect length for those looking for a relaxing walk.
  • Clary-Shy Community Park, 1701 W. Ash St., Columbia
    Who says you can’t shop while you walk? Clary-Shy Community Park invites you to explore the Columbia Famers Market every Saturday (which just so happens to be the day for Take a Walk in the Park Day). Support sustainable agriculture while picking out delicious food grown right here in Columbia.
  • Garth Nature Area, 2799 N. Garth Ave., Columbia
    Your furry friends can celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day with you at Garth Nature Area. They offer a dog-leash-free area that spans three acres and has a pet drinking station as well as a dog wash station. Those without pets can still enjoy the trails through the wetlands. This area also connects you to the Bear Creek Trail if you want to spend all of Take a Walk in the Park Day outdoors.
  • Stephens Lake Park, 2001 E. Broadway, Columbia
    Stephens Lake Park has something in store for everyone. After you take a relaxing walk on either of their two trails, take advantage of their other amenities. Three playgrounds give kids plenty of room to run, the 11-acre lake is a perfect spot for fishing, and their picnic areas provide a great space to enjoy a meal after your walk.
  • Twin Lakes Recreation Area, 500 Chapel Hill Rd., Columbia
    Sometimes there’s nothing better than a quiet walk around a lake. Lucky for you, Twin Lakes Recreation Area has two beautiful lakes to choose from. Take a quick loop around the smaller lake or take your time walking along the bigger one. With a playground for kids and a dock for fishing, it’s easy to spend an afternoon at Twin Lakes.

Many of these fantastic parks are located just minutes from great Columbia homes for sale, making it effortless for you to take a walk in the park any day of the year. For more information on Columbia’s parks and homes for sale, contact Columbia Real Estate today.