Editor’s Note: Gavin Frevert, a certified sports nutritionalist, personal trainer and sports performance coach, counts down five outdoors spots in Jefferson City to switch up your fitness routine.
Runge Conservation Center
Situated on the west side of Jefferson City off Missouri 179, the Runge Conservation Center offers a variety of trails that can turn a normal walk into a Midwest safari. Hikes range in intensity from flat, handicap-accessible paths to more intense inclines that can push even the seasoned fitness enthusiast. Play your cards right, and you can interact with a multitude of Missouri wildlife that will only motivate you to come back for more!
This State Park located on the outskirts of Jefferson City offers a wide range of individual and team activities. Binder Park boasts the largest public lake in Jefferson City, where you can boat, fish, kayak and watch the sun set over the picturesque landscape. Along the water you’ll find one of Missouri’s top disc golf courses, which can be a challenge for beginners and experts. Many of the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation team sports, such as sand volleyball, softball and baseball are hosted there, providing an opportunity for residents looking to make new friends.
This 15-mile path connecting Jefferson City to the Missouri Katy Trail State Park has proved to be one of the most-beloved projects devised by the Parks and Recreation Department. This paved, handicap-accessible trail has multiple points where you can stop and shop at local businesses or take in the area’s urban and rural scenes. No bike? No problem! Through SPIN, there are plenty of options available for rent at an affordable price.
Missouri River Access/Katy Trail
Take the Greenway System across our city’s iconic Missouri River Bridge and you will find yourself on the shores of the Big Muddy. Admire the Jefferson City skyline while working up a sweat on one of the many hiking trails. The city park is also topped with sand that can act as added resistance to walkers and runners alike. If sand is not your style, hop back on the Greenway and head for the Katy Trail, where more biking, hiking and Missouri views await you.
Surprised that one of the state’s most historical colleges caps off this list? Don’t be! This beautiful HBCU campus offers stairs, and a lot of them! Walking from building to building will give you both a glimpse into this renowned site and an increased heart rate as you hike the hills and explore monuments. New to the LU is the LINC Wellness Center. This facility offers a variety of classes, many of which incorporate outdoor elements into their workouts.
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