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A Breath of Fresh Air
A Breath of Fresh Air

Outdoor Recreation in Independence


From skate parks to water and spray parks, trails and nature reserves, Independence has a wide variety of activities to keep you and your family moving!

Independence is home to an incredible variety of innovative health clubs, yoga and Pilates studios, hiking trails, running paths, and the only golf course in America that sits above an active mine. Leave your work behind and invite your workout to tag along on your Independence getaway.

Waterfall Park near Bass Pro Shops and the New Stoney Creek Inn offers a great walking and biking trail, and with the park right there it makes for a day of exercise that the whole family can enjoy!

Waterfall Park is the connecting point of the Little Blue Trace Trail. these trails are a cyclist's dream, offering secluded and scenic biking while traveling along the river. This newly established trail follows the course of the Little Blue River for 11 miles through the Little Blue Trace Nature Reserve. The park includes picnic tables, shelters and playing fields.

In addition to the Little Blue Trace Trail, Rock Creek Trail offers a 10-foot wide crushed stone surface that travel alongside Rock Creek in western Independence. It crosses the creek four times and connects Rotary park just south of 23rd Street to Country Club Park near Norton Ave and 30th Street. Once inside each park the trail turns to asphalt and loops around the park's perimeter.

For more detailed information on Independence Parks and Recreation activities or guides click here.


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Casa De Fitness

  • 2411 S State Route 291
  • Independence, MO
  • (816) 373-0993

Drumm Farm Golf Course

  • 15400 E 34th St S
  • Independence, MO
  • (816) 350-9900

George Owens Nature Park

  • 1601 S Speck Rd
  • Independence, MO
  • (816) 325-7115


  • 14310 E 42nd St S
  • Independence, MO
  • (816) 350-7717

Roger T Sermon Community Center

  • 201 N Dodgion St
  • Independence, MO
  • (816) 325-7370

Stone Canyon Golf Club

  • 22415 E 39th St
  • Independence, MO
  • (816) 228-3333
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