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ARTICLE_DESCRIPTION  Staying active is an important part of staying healthy.  The summer months are an excellent time to explore the many outdoor activities available in the Ozarks.  This guide will highlight several helpful resources in our area.
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ARTICLE_TEXT <p>&nbsp;Physical activity is extremely beneficial to personal health. &nbsp;Summertime in the Ozarks is an excellent time to explore all of the wonderful outdoor activities available, and keep yourself healthy in the process. &nbsp;This list of resources should help you get started finding activities in the region.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.parkboard.org/">Springfield-Greene County Park Board</a>&nbsp;is an excellent place to find activities near you. &nbsp;Their website contains a list of local parks, public pools, golf courses, youth sports programs, special facilities and local events from the Park Board.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.ozarkgreenways.org/trails.html">Ozark Geenways website</a>&nbsp;provides lists and maps of walking and biking trails in the region. &nbsp;This is a good place to check, not only for recreational trails, but also to find bike routes for commuting and traveling around town.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.mostateparks.com/">Missouri State Parks website</a>&nbsp;has lists and maps of places to go <a href="http://www.mostateparks.com/activity/hiking">hiking</a>, <a href="http://www.mostateparks.com/activity/bicycling">biking</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.mostateparks.com/activity/swimming">swimming</a> around the state. &nbsp;You can also find information about events and historical sites here in Missouri.</p> <p>Also, the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/">National Parks Service</a>&nbsp;provides information on outdoor activities in the national park areas in our region, including the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/buff/index.htm">Buffalo National River </a>and the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/ozar/index.htm">Ozark National Scenic Waterways</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;The Library has a wide variety of books available as well:</p> <p><img src="http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=9781590306987 /SC.GIF&amp;client=sprgr&amp;type=springimage" alt=" " title=" " vspace="1" hspace="4" align="left" /><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b2504700~S1">Let's go Outside!: Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature </a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Jennifer Ward</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=1586670948 /SC.GIF&amp;client=sprgr&amp;type=springimage" alt=" " title=" " vspace="1" hspace="4" align="left" /><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b2073949~S1">Over the Hill--and Into the Woods!: A Senior's Guide to the Great Outdoors</a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Herb Gordon</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=9781599218717/SC.GIF&amp;client=sprgr&amp;type=springimage" alt=" " title=" " vspace="1" hspace="4" align="left" /><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b2547247~S1">Cycling for Everyone: A Guide to Road, Mountain, and Commuter Biking </a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Leah Garcia and Jilayne Lovejoy</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=9781605294063/SC.GIF&amp;client=sprgr&amp;type=springimage" alt=" " title=" " vspace="1" hspace="4" align="left" /><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b2566841~S1">Ride Your Way Lean: The Ultimate Plan for Burning Fat and Getting Fit on a Bike</a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Selene Yeager</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=9781599214009/SC.GIF&amp;client=sprgr&amp;type=springimage" alt=" " title=" " vspace="1" hspace="4" align="left" /><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b2466757~S1">Hiking &amp; Backpacking: A Complete Illustrated Guide </a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Buck Tilton</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=9780881507355/SC.GIF&amp;client=sprgr&amp;type=springimage" alt=" " title=" " vspace="1" hspace="4" align="left" /><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b2389940~S1">50 Hikes in the Ozarks: Walks, Hikes and Backpacks in the Mountains, Wildernesses and Geological Wonders of Arkansas and Missouri </a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Johnny Molloy</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=0762103647/SC.GIF&amp;client=sprgr&amp;type=springimage" alt=" " title=" " vspace="1" hspace="4" align="left" /><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b1974796~S1">Walking for Health and Happiness: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Looking Good and Feeling Your Best </a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Dr. William Bird &amp; Veronica Reynolds</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=0897325214/SC.GIF&amp;client=sprgr&amp;type=springimage" alt=" " title=" " vspace="1" hspace="4" align="left" /><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b2139022~S1">A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks </a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Tom Kennon</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=0805061959 /SC.GIF&amp;client=sprgr&amp;type=springimage" alt=" " title=" " vspace="1" hspace="4" align="left" /><a href="http://coolcat.org/record=b2043902~S1">Follow the Trail: A Young Person's Guide to the Great Outdoors</a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Jessica Loy</p>
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Health & Wellness, Missouri & Ozarks

Outdoor Activities in the Ozarks

 Physical activity is extremely beneficial to personal health.  Summertime in the Ozarks is an excellent time to explore all of the wonderful outdoor activities available, and keep yourself healthy in the process.  This list of resources should help you get started finding activities in the region.

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board is an excellent place to find activities near you.  Their website contains a list of local parks, public pools, golf courses, youth sports programs, special facilities and local events from the Park Board.

The Ozark Geenways website provides lists and maps of walking and biking trails in the region.  This is a good place to check, not only for recreational trails, but also to find bike routes for commuting and traveling around town.

The Missouri State Parks website has lists and maps of places to go hiking, biking and swimming around the state.  You can also find information about events and historical sites here in Missouri.

Also, the National Parks Service provides information on outdoor activities in the national park areas in our region, including the Buffalo National River and the Ozark National Scenic Waterways.

 The Library has a wide variety of books available as well:

 Let's go Outside!: Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature  by Jennifer Ward

 

 

 

 Over the Hill--and Into the Woods!: A Senior's Guide to the Great Outdoors by Herb Gordon

 

 

 

 Cycling for Everyone: A Guide to Road, Mountain, and Commuter Biking  by Leah Garcia and Jilayne Lovejoy

 

 

 

 Ride Your Way Lean: The Ultimate Plan for Burning Fat and Getting Fit on a Bike by Selene Yeager

 

 

 

 Hiking & Backpacking: A Complete Illustrated Guide  by Buck Tilton

 

 

 

 50 Hikes in the Ozarks: Walks, Hikes and Backpacks in the Mountains, Wildernesses and Geological Wonders of Arkansas and Missouri  by Johnny Molloy

 

 

 

 Walking for Health and Happiness: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Looking Good and Feeling Your Best  by Dr. William Bird & Veronica Reynolds

 

 

 A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks  by Tom Kennon

 

 

 

 Follow the Trail: A Young Person's Guide to the Great Outdoors by Jessica Loy


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