Jackson County Parks + Rec

Jackson County Parks + Rec is the third-largest county parks system in America. At 21,000 acres, our parks system features outstanding lakes, campgrounds and one of the Kansas City area's finest public golf courses in addition to historic sites that date back to 1808, when Missouri was considered to be “way out West.”

A woman dressed in period attire pulls two cows on a yoke at Missouri Town 1855 in Lee's Summit in Jackson County, Missouri.
Missouri Town 1855 is composed of more than 25 buildings dating from 1820 to 1860.

On land

It's all about fun when you spend a day with Jackson County Parks + Rec. Whether you want to play on land or on water, we’ve got you covered with picturesque parks, beaches and lakes.

For the land-lover, we have one of the largest park systems of any county in the US, including Adair Park, Blue and Gray Park, Fleming Park, Hayes Park, Landahl Park, Little Blue Trace, Longview Horse Park, Longview Lake Park, Monkey Mountain Park, Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park and River Bluff Reserve. At our parks, you can expect exciting community events, pristine playground equipment, scenic trails and perfect picnic spots.

Kids practice soccer with their coach at a soccer complex in Jackson County, Missouri
Youth players prepare for a game at one of Jackson County’s five soccer complexes.

On water

For the water enthusiast, Jackson County is home to fantastic beaches and lakes with the finest public marinas in Missouri. For the young and young at heart, don’t miss Rowdy Ribbit’s, an inflatable play area floating on Longview Lake featuring an obstacle course, monkey bars and water volleyball.

From boating and biking to hiking and horseback riding, get on the go in Jackson County. From softball to golf, we have what you need to get into the game. From beaches and campgrounds to picnics and fishing, just sit back and relax in the great outdoors.

Our mission is to provide fun-filled opportunities in beautiful outdoor settings so people can make their day in Jackson County!

Five boats lined up at a cove at Blue Springs Lake in Jackson County, Missouri
Boaters take a break in one of Blue Springs Lake’s coves.
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