Things to Do

Recreation

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Indoor Rock Climbing Wall

The climbing wall at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center offers more than 1,000 square feet of vertical climbing and bouldering. 

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Union Bowling Center

With bowling and entertaining party packages you are sure to have a great time at the UCM Union Bowling Center! They know how to get the good times rolling at the Union Bowling Center Lanes! 

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Batting Cages

Twister Sports has two Iron Mike MP4 pitching machines dedicated to team and community rentals. The machines accommodate both baseball and softball and pitch up to 85 mph.

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NASSIF Aquatic Center

The coolest place to be outside when the weather’s hot! Come out for a day of fun with a lap pool, slide and diving board, spray ground and lazy river. Party packages available!

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Skatepark

E. Mill Street

A safe place for the alternative sports seekers to board or bike

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Warrensburg Community Center

This multi-use facility is perfect for your recreational needs, featuring an indoor pool to use all year. Rental options are available for any event.

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UCM Multipurpose Building

500 S. Washington Street

Designed primarily for recreational use, the building features a spacious main arena with a six-lane track, a swimming pool, three indoor handball/racquetball courts, areas for free and universal weights, an activities area, locker rooms, meeting rooms, and offices for UCM's Intercollegiate Athletics staff. The main arena can accommodate four basketball or six volleyball courts at one time or all of the events for an indoor track meet.

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Hiking and Biking Trails

Spirit Trail

Explore a multi-use trail beginning in Warrensburg, that currently runs from Hale Lake Road up Route DD.


Construction will soon begin to add to the existing trail with plans to stretch through Knob Noster State Park and end near the entrance to Whiteman Air Force Base. The facility will extend nearly 12 miles when complete, increasing connectivity to the Katy Trail, and provide a safe place to ride for residents of Johnson County including students at the University of Central Missouri and the servicemen and women at Whiteman AFB.

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Knob Noster State Park Trails

Knob Noster State Park is a tranquil retreat of open oak woodland with a few patches of prairie along both sides of the meandering Clearfork Creek. It’s a place for fishermen to wet a line, for mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders to get some trail time, and for families to spend quality time together. The park also features an oxbow slough, which has been officially designated as Pin Oak Slough Natural Area.   

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Pertle Springs Trail

As you hike along the trails at Pertle Springs you join the thousands of other people that have visited Pertle Springs for recreation since 1886. Please respect the historically and culturally significant areas that lie along the trails. You serve a critical role in preserving the history of the area for future generations.

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Cave Hollow Park Trail

Home to Best Friends Dog Park, this is the perfect place to take a stroll along the wooded trail.

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West Park Trail

Connected to a sports complex, this one mile walking trail provides a relaxing environment for those sports parents who need to a break from the bleachers.

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Marr Park Trail

Winding through the wooded park, this trail provides a great change of scenery with shaded areas to keep cool and just enjoy.

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Todd Hamann Trail

Wrapped around Lion's Lake, take a stroll and enjoy the scenery, or have a seat and rest at one the benches. If you visit during warm weather, you will get to see Bobbers, a public art piece.

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 Warrensburg Parks

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Nancy Anderson Park and Children's Memorial Garden

As a young child, Nancy Anderson and her neighbor would take bicycle rides in the area around their home. She had fond memories of the Sunset Hills area, where the two would stop and enjoy lunches in the sunshine, enjoying the quiet and the natural beauty of their surroundings. As the years hurried by, a “raspberrycolored house” and a second-hand store populated the landscape. Realizing the need to recoup the area, Ms. Anderson worked with the City of Warrensburg to have the land purchased as public property which could be revitalized. 


In 2004, in recognition of her work as a devoted public servant and her success in recapturing the beauty of the land, the City honored her by proclaiming the area “Nancy Anderson Park.” 


The History of the Children’s Memorial Gardens

 

In 1999, Warrensburg residents, Craig and Ramona Conant, lost their daughter, Angel, in an auto accident. The Conants became actively involved with families who had experienced similar losses of children, and through these families, the idea to have a common place that children could be remembered and memorialized in a cheerful setting was made a reality. 


The Nancy Anderson Park and Children’s Memorial Gardens 


In 2005, the Gardens found a home in Nancy Anderson Park. The Gardens feature beautiful bronze statues displaying children playing and a granite wall inscribed with the names of “those who left us too soon.” The Gardens are a tribute to all nature offers and a much needed place for remembrance and reflection for families who have suffered the loss of a child.

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Blind Boone Park

A once segregated park, has been reborn into a place to bring people together.

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Knob Noster State Park

  Knob Noster State Park is a tranquil retreat of open oak woodland with a few patches of prairie along both sides of the meandering Clearfork Creek. It’s a place for fisherman to wet a line, for mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders to get some trail time, and for families to spend quality time together. The park also features an oxbow slough, which has been officially designated as Pin Oak Slough Natural Area.   

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Hunting and Fishing

  Warrensburg is situated in the center of Johnson County, Missouri, the state’s 7th largest county. In part because of the county’s size and in part due to the rural nature of our area, we’ve got a great diversity of species. Deer and lots of turkeys of course, but also quail, rabbit and a unique variety of waterfowl; teal and dove are plentiful here, and hunters have come from surrounding states to enjoy this diversity.
If your visit to our area includes time for hunting or fishing, check out the links below for more information.  

Lion's Lake

One of Warrensburg, Missouri's smaller lakes at 12 acres. Boats with trolling motors are allowed and the area is good for bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish. 

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Lake Cena

Just south of Lions Lake, and also referred to as Pertle Springs Lake, Lake Cena is owned and managed by the University of Central Missouri. Local fishermen recommend the shaded west end of the lake for catfish. The much smaller Racehorse Lake, at the southernmost tip of Lake Cena across from Par Drive, is also open to the public.

Hazel Hill Lake

 The Conservation Department purchased this 502-acre area in 1984, and the 71-acre lake was constructed in 1987-88 and stocked with fish in 1989.

The area is composed of cropland, old fields, native grass plantings, and timbered areas which together create habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Vegetation is managed using prescribed fire, mowing, and cropping to provide year-round food and cover for both upland and forest wildlife.

The area features disabled-accessible fishing, parking, and toilets. A boat ramp is located on the lake.  Area for fishing and hunting deer, dove, quail, rabbit, squirrel, and waterfowl.

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Knob Noster State Park

Cast your line into two small lakes, Buteo and Clearfork, or Clearfork Creek. Catfish, bass, bluegill and crappie are some of the fish anglers may catch. Fishing is available sunrise to sunset daily, except during special management activities when the park may be closed.

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Ralph and Martha Perry Memorial Conservation Area

 This area is named after the late Dr. Ralph Perry and his wife, Martha, who donated both land and money to create the conservation area. The area features a diversity of terrain and habitats, including crop fields, old-field habitat, wetlands, glades, woodlands, and both bottomland and upland forest.

Management of this 4,134-acre area includes mowing and controlled burning to maintain plant diversity in the open areas. Habitat plantings include shrubs, native grasses and trees, including two plantings of the Concordia oak, a rare three-way hybrid. Wetland management includes the seasonal flooding of more than 750 acres.

A hiking trail consisting of two loops travels through varying habitats and provides access to several fishing lakes. Several small ponds, the Blackwater River and two lakes provide fishing opportunities. The Conservation Department stocks selected area waters with catfish, bass, redear sunfish and bluegill.

Seasonal access to the Blackwater River is provided in Unit 1. Over seven miles of the Blackwater River flows through the area.   

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J.N. Turkey Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area

 J.N. "Turkey" Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area is in Johnson and Pettis counties. J.N."Turkey" Kearn, who delighted many people with his humor and knowledge of local history, lived on this land in harmony with its natural beauty. In 1976, he donated 1,479 acres to the Conservation Department with the wish that the bounty of wildlife his ancestors spoke of when they first settled here be restored and preserved for future generations. The Department purchased an additional 195 acres, bringing the area to its present size of 1,674 acres.

The area features a great variety of habitat types, including wooded hills, bottomlands, crop fields, and native grass fields. Two fishing lakes, covering nine and 25 acres, respectively, were built in 2000. The area contains several small ponds and one two-acre pond, and Muddy Creek crosses the northwest corner of the area.

Management of the area focuses on providing habitat for upland wildlife species, including deer, turkey, rabbits, squirrels, doves, and songbirds.   

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Hartwell CA

This 165-acre area consists primarily of cool- and warm-season grass units interspersed with trees, mostly Osage orange and Black locust. Two small ponds exist, but do not provide any fishing opportunity due to the lack of proper water depth. The area will be managed for grassland species, with an emphasis on the Greater Prairie chicken.

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Bruns Tract

The once-existing 160 acres of cropland has been converted to native prairie plantings and most of the timber has been removed. Area for hunting quail, rabbit and deer.

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Warrensburg, MO 64093

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