Albert-Oakland Park is a 79-acre community park that features Columbia's largest municipal pool, two 18-hole disc golf courses, six dedicated pickleball courts, basketball and tennis courts, lighted baseball/softball fields, reservable picnic shelters, playgrounds, and much more! It is a trailhead for the 4.8 mile Bear Creek Trail.
Bonnie View Nature Area is the trailhead for the Scott's Branch Trail. It has a medium-size reservable shelter, restroom, and beautiful natural areas to explore on the 93-acre property. The park is adjacent to the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary. No dogs are allowed on the trail in the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary.
Cosmo Park is Columbia's largest municipal park, one of two regional parks in the park system. It is host to the annual Show-Me State Games as well as many soccer, football, lacrosse, softball, baseball, golf, tennis, mountain bike, and skateboard tournaments and events. It has the largest playground in Columbia's park system - Steinberg Playground, is home to Columbia Skate Park and L. A. Nickell Golf Course, and is a trailhead for the Bear Creek Trail.
Flat Branch Park is located in downtown Columbia. The park runs along Flat Branch Creek and extends across two city blocks. The park includes a gazebo, picnic areas, spraygrounds, playground, art sculpture, demonstration rain garden, historical plaques, and is a trailhead for the MKT Trail. You can travel the MKT Trail all the way from Flat Branch Park to the statewide Katy Trail without having to cross a street. There is a bridge access to the Convention and Visitors Bureau located on the other side of the creek from the park.
Forum Nature Area is a trailhead for the MKT Trail off of Forum Blvd., with a parking lot, year-round restroom, water fountain, and stretching stations. The nature area has over 100 acres to explore off of the MKT Trail via loop gravel trails around the wetlands area. No bikes allowed in the nature area.
Garth Nature area has 1.6 miles of gravel trails around the wetlands, a fenced leash-free dog park, restroom, and is a trailhead for the Bear Creek Trail. An abundance of birds and other wetlands wildlife make the wetland trails an interesting walk. Trail users can travel west on the Bear Creek Trail from Garth Nature Area to Cosmo Park (2.5 miles) or travel east on the Bear Creek Trail from Garth Nature Area to Albert-Oakland Park (2.3 miles).
This large nature area is a leash-free area for dogs (except on the Hinkson Creek Trail), has over five miles of nature trails, a picnic shelter, restrooms, and is a trailhead for the Hinkson Creek Trail and the Grindstone Creek Trail. Wildflowers grow in the prairie areas.
This beautiful garden is home to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - an art sculpture by Barbara Grygutis. The gardens can be reserved for outdoor weddings. There is a reservable picnic shelter, reservable MKT Trailside Building, and seasonal restrooms. The area also serves as a trailhead for the MKT Trail.
This 5.5-acre area is a trailhead for the MKT Trail and is located at the intersection of the MKT Trail and Scott Blvd. The area has a year-round restroom and water fountain, bike repair station, kiosk, bike rack, picnic table, two reservable rugby fields, and a 34-car parking lot. The MKT Trail connects to the County's portion of the MKT trail at this access through an underpass that leads to Jay Dix Station on the west side of Scott Blvd. The County's portion of the trail is 4.2 miles and connects to the state Katy Trail.