Spaces, Fun-Filled Places
More than 230 acres of community parks scattered across the area provide spacious playgrounds, picnic areas, numerous baseball/ softball fields and courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis. Organized sports programs take advantage of these great facilities with baseball, slow-pitch softball and flag football. For soccer enthusiasts, Morgan Soccer Complex provides five lighted playing fields for soccer teams of all ages. Competitors and spectators alike have an endless array of recreational opportunities to enjoy throughout the spring and summer months.
The newest recreational facility in Fulton is a 23,000-square-foot YMCA facility. Amenities at the facility include a gymnasium, fitness center, locker rooms, a walking track, a horizontal climbing wall, a child watch area, an aerobics room and a multipurpose room. Classes of all types and for all age groups, such as aerobics, basketball and yoga, are offered through the YMCA. Aquacise and other swimming programs are sponsored by the YMCA.
Callaway County hosts hundreds of local school sporting events each year. In addition to exciting, competitive high school events, there are plenty of big-time college sports at their best through the programs at Westminster College and William Woods University.
Callaway County offers over 25,000 acres of public land. Trails for walking, hiking and biking cover many miles of beautiful territory around the region. The famous Katy Trail, once the MKT Railroad, winds around the area adjacent to the Missouri River. Along the southern border of the county there are plenty of walking paths weaving through the tranquility of the landscape. The Stinson Creek Walking Trail meanders through lovely wooded areas and over creeks. For a complete listing of trails, contact the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce or the Heart of Missouri Tourism Center.
Wildlife and conservation areas abound in Callaway County. The Reform Wildlife Area in southeast Callaway County covers 6,800 acres and is a refuge for many types of wild-life. Managed by the Missouri Depart-ment of Conservation, the Reform Wildlife Area features a diverse blend of prairie grasses, wildflowers, fertile crops and densely forested areas. Prairie chickens, deer, turkey and song-birds find refuge in this habitat. Fish and aquatic wildlife reside in man-made lakes. The Reform Wildlife Area also provides the perfect setting for nature lovers and sportsmen who enjoy nature study, bird watching, picnicking, hiking, waterfowl hunting and fishing.
The Cedar Creek Ranger District, part of the Mark Twain National Forest, covers about 15,000 acres in Boone and Callaway counties. Located in the transition zone where the oak-hickory forest joins the tall grass prairie, the Cedar Creek District provides a variety of recreational experiences and wildlife habitats. It's one of the largest areas of public land north of the Missouri River. An extensive, well-marked trail system crosses about 22 miles of scenic country and welcomes hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders to explore the beauty and solitude of the region. Hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping are also permitted in designated areas.
Other recreational areas for those who love the outdoors include:
Whetstone Creek Conservation Area
Earthquake Hollow Conservation Area
Crooked Creek Campgrounds
Little Dixie Wildlife Area
McCredie Farm Lake
Golfers from all around the Callaway County area come to enjoy beautiful golf courses with challenging layouts and breathtaking views. Area courses also offer dining facilities, pro shops and practice facilities.
Fulton Country Club
E. 10th St., Fulton
Fulton Country Club features a private nine-hole course that varies between flat and hilly terrain. A creek flowing throughout the course comes into play on several holes. The course has a reciprocal guest policy.
Meadow Lake Acres Country Club
Meadow Lake Road, New Bloomfield Business
Office: 573-491-3358 Pro Shop: 573-491-3417
Meadow Lake is an 18-hole private course with undulating greens, water hazards on seven holes and sand bunkers throughout the course. Meadow Lake was built in 1960 and designed by Ed Ault and Al Jamison. The course ranges from 5,509 to 6,829 yards, depending on tees, and features bent-grass greens.
Railwood Golf Club
12925 County Road 4037 Holts Summit
Railwood is an 18-hole public course on 200 beautiful acres in southern Callaway County. Railwood’s elevation change of 200 feet offers many breathtaking views of local scenery. The course’s front nine covers open, rolling ground and features the par-three ninth hole, with an elevation change of 100 feet. The back nine winds through valleys and along ridge tops; the 18th hole features a downhill tee shot over water with an elevation change of 150 feet. Four sets of tees on this par-72 course range its length from 4,855 to 6,664 yards. Greens and tees are bent grass, and the fairways are bermuda. Railwood has facilities to host charity, company or civic tournaments. The Clubhouse at Railwood features a fully stocked pro shop, a snack bar serving hot food, and a spacious deck offering fabulous views of the course.
Tanglewood Golf Course
845 State Road HH, Fulton
Built in 1997 on ground that used to be home to a dairy farm, Tanglewood features fast, bent-grass greens and wide fairways. This public course, designed by Jerry Loomis, features the signature #12 hole, a 192-yard par three that shoots over water to a green bordered by a large sand bunker. The course is open year round, weather permitting; frost delays may come into effect during colder months. In addition to the beautiful course, Tanglewood offers a large practice facility, a fully stocked clubhouse, and a bar and grill.