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Nature's Playground: KC's Outdoor Adventures Abound

The Kansas City region may be known for barbecue, football champs, and eclectic neighborhoods sprinkled throughout the metro, but hidden within the sprawling urban landscape and charming suburbs lies a world of nature-filled outdoor adventures waiting to be explored. From visiting a plethora of parks to hiking scenic trails, or tossing a few discs, the heart of America's heartland is a playground for nature enthusiasts. Join us on a journey through the great outdoors as we uncover the outside side of KC.

LIBERTY, MO - Bad Rock Creek Disc Golf Whether you're a disc golf beginner or pro, you'll love Bad Rock Creek Disc Golf Course at Stocksdale Park! This 18-hole course is consistently rated one of the top 5 disc golf courses in the KC Metro and has pads and baskets set for three levels - beginner (red), experienced (blue) and pro (gold)! Stocksdale Park is located at 901 S. La Frenz Rd in Liberty, MO. Learn more about the disc golf courses maintained by Liberty Parks & Rec online here »

MERRIAM, KS - Turkey Creek Streamway Trail Spanning four miles in Merriam from 75th Street to Antioch Road, the Turkey Creek Streamway Trail is a favorite paved path for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a nature-filled escape. Winding its way through wooded areas alongside the tranquil waters of Turkey Creek, this suburban trail offers a perfect blend of convenience and natural serenity. Whether you're a dedicated cyclist, or simply looking for a peaceful stroll, this trail caters to all. With a well-maintained paved path, a stunning waterfall, and glimpses of wildlife along the banks of Turkey Creek, come immerse yourself in the beauty of the great outdoors right here in Merriam. Learn more » Turkey Creek Streamway Trail

SHAWNEE, KS - Shawnee Mission Park Shawnee Mission Park spans 1,655 acres, making it the second largest park in Johnson County, and the most visited park in the entire state of Kansas. The Park has five different hiking trails to choose from including a paved walking trail with lake views. In addition to hiking trails, the park also has a 120-acre lake which is perfect for fishing and swimming at the beach (seasonal). The park is home to a newly renovated marina with kayaking and paddle board rentals, 11 shelters, numerous picnic areas, playgrounds, an archery range, a 44-acre off-leash dog park, an 18-hole disc golf course, mountain biking, and equestrian trails. Learn more: Shawnee Mission Park

OLATHE, KS - Ernie Miller Nature Center Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe has miles of beautiful trails to explore, indoor classes, special events, and a knowledgeable staff to answer your questions about local wildlife, flowers, and more. GARDNER, KS - Gardner Golf Course/Disc Golf Course Gardner Golf Course is a popular destination, offering both traditional golf and disc golf experiences. The course features a well-maintained 18-hole layout that challenges golfers of all skill levels with its strategic design and picturesque surroundings. Additionally, the facility has a disc golf course, providing an alternative and exciting way to enjoy the outdoors. Disc golfers can navigate through a series of baskets using specialized flying discs while enjoying the scenic beauty of the landscape. Whether playing a round of traditional golf or engaging in a lively game of disc golf, visitors to Gardner Golf Course are treated to a diverse and enjoyable outdoor recreational experience.

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