NATURE & OUTDOORS
A visit to the Fulton area is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a travel adventure in Missouri. Experience the beautiful, natural surroundings of Callaway County while enjoying your favorite activities: hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, kayaking and more. For more information, visit the links below.
Prairie Garden Trust
Experience the Magic of Nature
The Prairie Garden Trust, or PGT, is a gem of place where you can enjoy the beauty of nature. Stroll through woods and prairie, along ponds and streams to see the ever-changing plants and the birds, butterflies, mammals and more that live here.
We call it a nature garden because it has the beauty of native plants without the messiness of nature untended. The “displays” vary by season: flowering dogwood, redbud, Virginia bluebells and phlox in the early spring, then purple coneflowers and butterfly weed as the prairie blooms in June with blazing star and lotus in July.
We welcome visitors to stroll around the PGT and enjoy the seasonal highlights. All we ask is that you let us know a day ahead. If it’s your first visit, we’ll try to have someone there orient you to the area. We’re designing a mile-loop paved trail to put in place within the next couple of years. Until then, be prepared to walk mowed trails through woods and fields.
Make a Reservation:
by phone: 573-295-6349
by email: email@example.com
Prairie Fork Conservation Area
Prairie Fork Conservation Area is a 711-acre area that was donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) by Hilda (Pat) Jones in 1997. At the time of the donation, the Prairie Fork Trust was also created to provide oversight and additional funding for activities related to natural resource education, restoration, management and research.
Please schedule an appointment to visit this special-use site in Williamsburg, Missouri.(573) 254-3990 email: Jeff.Demand@mdc.mo.gov
Mark Twain Forest
The 16,000 acres of forest area in western Callaway County features Dry Fork Recreation Area, a campground and picnic area located at the equestrian trail head of the 36-mile Cedar Creek Trail that traverses between oak and hickory forests and tall grass prairie. Some sections are open to foot and mountain bike only. Other sections allow horses. The campground is surrounded by oak and cedar and features 8 single primitive campsites that can accommodate RVs up to 30 feet in length, each with table, fire ring, and lantern post. 573-592-1400
Little Dixie Lake
Attention anglers! If you like the challenge of tangling with a hard-fighting largemouth bass, the Little Dixie Conservation Area has just what you are looking for. Stocked with bass, bluegill, blue catfish and small crappie, this is a 200-acre lake located 10 miles to the west of Fulton. The area also includes nature trails and designated areas for hunting.
Little Dixie Conservation Area is open year round, but it is closed daily between the overnight hours of 10:00 pm to 4:00 am 573- 884-6861
Stinson Creek Trail
Join the hundreds of joggers, walkers, and bikers of all ages who make the Stinson Creek Trail one of the most popular recreational features in the city of Fulton. More than 7 miles of paved trail follow Stinson Creek as it winds through the wooded areas and streets of Fulton and is easily accessible by many access points around the city. Take a rest under the bluffs of Lover’s Leap and cross over unique landmarks such as a scenic covered bridge and a 129 year-old, iron railroad bridge. The trail is a city of Fulton project. 573-592-3111
The Katy Trail features more than 200 miles of level trails for the outdoor enthusiast. Lewis and Clark followed half of the trail’s path up the Missouri River. Take time to enjoy the scenery and wildlife along this historic former railroad bed. There are several towns along the way that offer food, shopping, and a place to rest your head.
The park is the nation’s longest rails-to-trails project, stretching from the Machens to Clinton. There’s enough variety to keep you interested with tree-shaded areas, open fields, impressive Missouri River bluffs and quaint communities along the way. With frequent trailheads and information about the areas you are visiting, the Katy has enough diversity, beauty and access for anyone.
Fulton City Parks
Come enjoy the wide-open spaces and first-class facilities in Fulton’s five city parks. There’s something for everyone in the 30-acre Veteran’s Park that features five picnic shelters, a baseball field, a fishing pond, twelve horseshoe pits, playground equipment, a skate park, lighted basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, an amphitheater, and a renovated Scout Cabin for meetings and gatherings. The amphitheater is home to the city’s annual Concert in the Parks series. In all, more than 108 acres of recreational space awaits you in Fulton’s parks. 573-592-3111
Miller Creek Ranch Petting Zoo Seasonal (spring – fall) petting zoo, store and farm. Opened for the season, April 2, 2016, with activities for families of all ages. Open Saturday, 12 – 5. Other days available by reservation. $5 per person, two and under free. Military ID free. 2598 State Rd F, Fulton, Mo 65251. 573-826-2812
The Fulton Dog Park
The Fulton Dog Park is one of Fulton’s newest recreation amenities. Constructed in the summer of 2010, this facility consists of a 2.5 acre “Large Dog” area and a separate .5 acre area for the smaller dogs to run and play. Fully fenced with shade trees, benches and picnic tables with a watering station for pooches and at a trailhead for the Stinson Creek Walking Trail.
Tanglewood Public Golf Course
Since it’s opening in 1997, Tanglewood Golf Course has provided 18 holes of golf on a par-72 regulation course with 6,883+ yards. The course rating is 73.4. The slope rating is 134. Course has a daily fee and offers an “Open to the Public” guest policy.
Green fees: Weekend $35 *includes golf cart.
818 Fairway Drive, Fulton, MO 573-642-7277
Terra Bella Farm
Located about twenty minutes from Columbia, Missouri and just under a hundred miles from St. Louis, Terra Bella Farm is 160 acres of mixed pasture, creek, and woods, with 12 acres of produce, herbs, and flowers. We strive to provide high quality food to fuel our local communities, our hard working apprentices, our extended families, and ourselves. We also operate the Missouri Grain Project, with soft wheat pastry berries and flour for bakers. Community outreach such as leading educational farm tours and hosting nonprofit groups for concerts and educational events is vital to our long-term farming goals and our commitment to being a socially-responsible business.
We are also home to the mid-Missouri Barn Quilt project and offer classes in the arts and writing.
See the last sizeable remnant of Missouri’s “Grand Prairie” that once covered large areas of 10 counties in northeast and central Missouri. Marvel at over 200 native plant species. Look and listen for grassland birds including the dickcissel, Henslow’s sparrow, field sparrow, northern bobwhite, blue grosbeak, eastern kingbird, and eastern meadowlark.
Shryocks Callaway Farms
Come out to the farm, and experience a corn maze, hayrides, campfires, a pumpkin patch (pick your own), and gumball coaster! It’s all part of the fun at Shryock’s Callaway Farms, located along I-70 west of Kingdom City and East of Columbia. Shryocks’ Big Red Barn is a familiar landmark to visitors in the Midwest and houses the most popular attraction on the farm – a three-story, one-of-a-kind gumball coaster. Seasonal events through end of October. 573-592-0191
Alpacas At Autumn Run
We are a working family farm breeding and raising the highest quality huacaya alpacas. We have an actual barnyard in our backyard. Each of the alpacas that live on our farm has a unique personality and receives individualized care.
Alpacas d’Auxvasse is a small farm just east of Auxvasse, MO. Breeding Suri and Huacaya Alpacas for quality fiber and conformation is not enough. Focusing on raising healthy, happy, FRIENDLY alpacas, is a priority. I don’t want to watch my animals from afar – I want to be a welcome part of their lives.I raise my animals to have as beautiful a disposition as they do fiber and conformation.
Native prairie area, greenhouses, outdoor areas, a large pond and many landscaped beds.
Railwood Golf Course
Spectacular elevated tees, deep swales, and cascading fairways make this one of mid-Missouri’s top golfing experiences. Southern Callaway County’s natural rolling landscape, dramatic views and beauty have been preserved in this 18-hole, 6,664-yard, public golf course that overlooks the Missouri River valley just south of Holts Summit. Smith Creek meanders through a golf course featuring lush bent grass tees, fairways, greens, creeks, lakes, and 40 sand bunkers. Railwood is designed to accommodate players of all skill levels. A 3,600 square-foot clubhouse offers a panoramic view of the course and a perfect atmosphere to relax and enjoy great food and cold drinks. Call for tee times. 573-896-4653
Battlecreek Paintball and Escape Rooms
Largest paintball facility in mid-Missouri with five large woodland fields. Plus, new escape rooms. Sixty minutes to follow the clues, crack the riddles, solve the codes and escape. Groups discounts available.
Open play hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
Weekdays by reservation.
4274 County Road 220, Kingdom City, MO
573-449-2904 or 573-356-6558
13th and Ewing Streets
William Woods University
William Woods University’s Equestrian Complex is the site of several horse shows and clinics that are open to the public. You can also visit several stables, indoor and outdoor arenas, and a cross-country course.
Reform Wildlife Area
Reform Wildlife Area located on about 6,300 acres of Ameren Missouri land surrounding the Callaway Nuclear Plant near Fulton, Missouri
Whetstone Creek Conservation Area
Whetstone Creek has its headwaters in former prairie plains to the west. Here it downcuts through Mississippian and Devonian period limestones. This small third order stream consists of short, well-defined riffles and long, deep pools. Chert gravel occurs in the riffles and pool bottoms consist of sands and silts. The stream supports over 20 native fish species including the blacknose shiner, a species of conservation concern. The blacknose shiner depends on good-quality stream habitat without excessive siltation and turbidity. Because the upper watershed of Whestone Creek is privately owned the conservation of this stream is dependent on land-use decisions of private landowners upstream. Other fishes in the stream include longear sunfish, green sunfish, gizzard shad, bigeye shiner, and red shiner. Along the riparian corridor and associated forests on the short bluffs keep a look out for the belted kingfisher, northern parula, warbling vireo, and Kentucky warbler.
FOR INDOOR FUN:
Fulton Bowling Center
Fulton Bowling Center is a 16-lane state-of-the-art facility. It is smoke free.
Leagues are available.
Hours: Monday-Thursday Noon – Midnight
Friday-Saturday Noon -1 am
Sunday Noon -10 pm
Rock ‘n Bowl Friday 10 pm
Saturday 7:30 pm and 10 pm
530 Commons Drive, Fulton, MO 573-592-1000