A Breath of Fresh Air
From fishing near waterfalls to spray parks, trails and nature reserves, golfing and tennis, Independence has a wide variety of activities to keep you and your family moving! Waterfall Park near Bass Pro Shops and the Stoney Creek Inn offers a great walking and biking trail, as well as a park by the lake with picnic tables, shelters, and playing fields where the kids can have fun and the fishing is fine! The Little Blue Trace Trail, which is a cyclist’s dream with 14 miles of scenic biking along the river through the Little Blue Trace Nature Reserve.
Independence’s City Japanese Garden Park honors our
Japanese Sister City, Higashimurayama.
The Little Blue Trace Trail follows the course of the Little Blue River for 14 miles through the Little Blue Trace Nature Reserve. It stretches south of Interstate 70 at Lee's Summit Road to Blue Mills Road north of Independence. Several shelters are along the path to include parks with picnic tables, playing fields, and an emergency calling station. Deer, wild turkey, and geese are just some of the wildlife featured on this route. As you enjoy the railroad bridges and river crossings, you will also take in an abundance of trees and farmland.
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