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Jackson is extremely boastful of its beautiful and well-maintained parks. Its park system has been praised by the state of Missouri and has been the envy of neighboring communities.

The Jackson Parks Department has worked tirelessly to uphold and sustain one of the community’s most valued commodities. The recreation division has been lauded with several awards and statewide recognition for the development and preservation of its parks.

Spanning several acres across the entire city, the parks boast shady trees, wide open fields, playgrounds, athletic fields and manicured lawns. Brookside Park, Jackson City Park, Klaus Park, Litz Park and Jackson Soccer Park are the largest parks located within the city limits. Providing outdoor enjoyment year-round, they host many of the community’s festivals and celebrations. North & South Cape County Parks, located just outside of Jackson, have three lakes, and the “Conservation Campus” is a state park service center with displays and hands-on activities all about the ecology of southeast Missouri.

Also nearby the city is Missouri’s famed Trail of Tears State Park, comprised of over 3,000 acres. All three of these parks have been regarded as excellent sources for hiking/camping enthusiasts. They offer several campsites and some of the most breathtaking views in the Jackson area. Recently built in Jackson’s City Park is a special skateboard area for skateboard enthusiasts. Also, in the City Park is Safety City, providing traffic safety programs to the youth of the community. The education they receive is something they can take with them for the rest of their lives.

Golf is becoming an extremely popular sport for those who enjoy spending hours of outdoor fun on warm summer days and cooler afternoons in the spring and fall. The Kimbeland Country Club is the area’s oldest country club, offering 18 holes and a uniquely planned course. The Bent Creek Golf Course is nestled amongst the gentle, rolling hills and is considered one of the best in Missouri. Designed by Gary Kern, the course has garnered praise from around the country for its challenging and beautifully laid out holes.

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