Nature-Themed Activities in Farmington

Farmington, Missouri, is the place to pursue your happiness outdoors. The wonders of this community's stunning attractions and its scenery never fail to delight the senses in all seasons. Explore some of the top nature-themed activities awaiting your discovery in and near Farmington.

Catch Some Fish in Farmington

Farmington is home to two dozen rivers and streams, plus two stocked fishing lakes within the city limits. These bodies of water offer ample opportunities for anglers of all ages to spend a morning or afternoon outdoors in Farmington.

At the 5-acre Hager Lake fishing site, you'll find a fishing jetty from which you can drop your line and hook some bass, catfish, or sunfish. To access Hager Lake, take Highway 67 in Farmington, then travel west on Overall Road and north on Progress Road.

Giessing Lake in Engler Park (1400 Air Park Drive) offers an attractive fishing spot for children and families. Maintained by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Giessing Lake contains black bass, channel catfish, and crappies. Those fishing must abide by a limit of three poles maximum per person.

Discover the Stanley M. Overall Bikeway Trail System

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The Farmington Bikeway Trail System got its start in 2002. This system adopted the name Stanley M. Overall Bikeway Trail System in memory of Farmington bicycle enthusiast Stanley M. Overall Jr. The main route of the trail system covers more than 7.75 miles with several loops that vary in length, including the following:

  • The half-mile Civic Center Spur begins at the Civic Center, the beginning and termination points for the system, and connects to the main route at the intersection of Alexander and Maple streets.
  • The 1.1-mile Downtown Loop begins at the intersection of A and First streets, loops through the historic core of downtown Farmington to Long Park, and connects with the main route at the intersection of A and Liberty streets.
  • The 2-mile Engler Park Loop begins at the trailhead on New Perrine Road, winds through Engler Park, and connects back to the main route.
  • The 1-mile Oak Ridge Trailhead Spur begins on the west side of the Maple Street overpass and connects with the Oak Ridge trailhead and St. Joe State Park.

As you bike along the trails, take in the beauty of nature that characterizes the Farmington community.

Enjoy Playtime With Your Pooch at Farmington Dog Park

What better way to get some exercise for you and your canine companion than at the Farmington Dog Park? Celebrating its 10th anniversary of operations in 2021, the Farmington Dog Park is near Jaycee Park on Perrine Road. Both small and large dogs alike will appreciate the generous amounts of space the park provides for canines and their owners to stretch their legs and engage in a game of fetch.

The small dog area of Farmington Dog Park covers approximately 12,500 square feet, while the large dog area is about 25,000 square feet. To keep dogs from becoming aggressive at the fence line, a "no man's land" plot separates the two regions. Benches, jumping stations, and a water fountain offer additional amenities for dogs and their owners. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Location: 1430 Perrine Road

Telephone: Farmington Parks and Recreation, 573-756-0900

Get in the Game With Disc Golf

Engler Park in Farmington is home to an 18-hole, par-62 disc golf course. Developed as part of a partnership between Gateway Disc Sports and the City of Farmington, this disc golf course offers a fun recreational opportunity for adults and children alike — and you won't have to worry about getting a lousy tee time. Witness the beauty of the park's natural surroundings as you play.

Highlights of Engler Park's disc golf course include:

  • A shorter technical front nine with an attractive par.
  • A four-on-hole nine with a lake entering play on the drive and by the basket.
  • The back nine is a longer and more challenging course that rivals almost any nine holes in the state.
  • A tourney layout features an island green and some tough shots, particularly from the long tees.

Location: Engler Park, 1400 Air Park Drive

Telephone: Farmington Parks and Recreation, 573-756-0900

Go Off-Roading at St. Joe State Park

Explore nature as you hit the trails in your ATV at St. Joe State Park, one of two off-road vehicle parks in Missouri's state park system. ATV enthusiasts can encounter many trails designated for off-road vehicle use, making the park an attractive off-road vehicle area.

When you've had your fill of tearing up the trails on your ATV, you can find many other amenities available at the park. Look for lakes; swimming beaches; bicycling, equestrian, and hiking trails; picnic sites; and two campgrounds that can accommodate campers with horse trailers or off-road vehicles.

Location: 2800 Pimville Road, Park Hills

Telephone: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443

Practice Your Ollies at Farmington Skate Park

Discover the largest outdoor concrete skate park in the southeast portion of Missouri. The Farmington Skate Park offers skateboarders of all skill levels 30,000 square feet of twists and turns designed to challenge beginners and advanced skaters. Inline skates, skateboards, and BMX bikes are welcome at this facility, free for the community's use.

Highlights of the Farmington Skate Park include:

  • Bowls, rails, and spines.
  • Eight-stair, four-stair, and two-step areas.
  • A pyramid, a pyramid with a rail, and a box mountain.
  • Ledges, roll-ins, and quarterpipes (QPs).

The Farmington Skate Park offers a dynamic venue to take in some fresh air while you practice your ollies, ride the quarterpipe, and perfect your slides and grinds.

Location: 400 Sainte Genevieve Ave.

Telephone: Farmington Parks and Recreation, 573-756-0900

As you can see, Farmington delivers endless recreation opportunities regardless of what activity you choose to stoke your passions for spending time outdoors. We hope that this list inspires you to discover Farmington's natural wonders.

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