The Great Outdoors in Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Oodles of parks, numerous scenic trails, disc golf, local produce, and a stunning show courtesy of Mother Nature every fall....only in Cape Girardeau!
Parks and Trails
Whether you’re looking to take a walk along a tree lined path at White Oak Trace or a bicycle ride through the heart of the city of Cape Girardeau on the LaCroix Trail, you’ll find that outdoor recreation opportunities abound in the Cape Girardeau area. Stroll along the Mighty Mississippi on the Riverfront Trail, or walk, run, cycle, rollerblade or skate board along the newly-extended Cape Lacroix Recreation Trail. Our hiking and biking page has detailed information on Cape Girardeau's trails.
Cape Girardeau is also filled with dozens of parks, such as the Old Bridge Overlook Park, Cape Rock and Riverfront Park, that all have their own special appeal. Check out our parks page to see what adventure awaits you!
Trail of Tears State Park
Trail of Tears State Park features an Interpretive Center designed to retrace the steps of the Cherokee on their forced march through North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas to Oklahoma. Paintings, maps and other memorabilia depict the crossing of the Mississippi River. 20-acre Lake Boutin, tent and electrical camping sites,hiking trails, playgrounds and other amenities make this state park an ideal location for outdoor recreation. The overlook boasts one of the most scenic views of the Mississippi in the area and is accessible to everyone. Learn more about Trail of Tears State Park here.
Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
The Nature Center offers acres of fun with nature both inside and outside! Paved hiking trails with varying distances surround the Nature Center, and hiking backpacks are available for check out for little ones. Fishing poles for the kids only fishing pond are also on hand for check out, so your little ones can truly get hands on with nature. Inside the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center there are exhibits to discover for all ages that tell the story of Cape Girardeau's natural landscape. The Nature Center is free to visitors and features engaging, inventive programming for all ages. Don't miss this stop on your tour of Cape Girardeau's Great Outdoors! Find out more about the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center here.
Regional Missouri wines, local bands, vistas of rolling hills and delicious food such as pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven...all in the easy-going, laid-back atmosphere of the wineries surrounding Cape Girardeau. There's a spot for every budget and taste, so take a peek at our wineries page to plan your next weekend trip!
Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, perched along the Whitewater River, is home to one of only four remaining covered bridges in the state of Missouri as well as a four-story mill dating back to the Civil War. The site's rustic setting is one of our favorite picnic and exploring spots. Details on Bollinger Mill State Historic Site are available here.
Cape Girardeau takes pride in a rich history connected to farming and agriculture. With several farmer's market options to choose from, visitors can engage in the bounty that's distinctive to our area.
The Cape Girardeau Farmer's Market takes place Thursdays from April-November from 1-5 p.m. at 2001 Independence, and the Cape Riverfront Market happens every Saturday from May-October at 35 S. Spanish from 8 a.m.-noon. Learn more by clicking here!
Visitors are sure to find a golf-course to suit their playing level with two driving ranges, one 3-par golf-course, one 18-hole regulation golf-course, one private course in the city and two semi-private courses in the area. We take pride in the abundance of green fairways available to our visitors. Note that in it's January 2004 issue, Golf Digest Magazine named The Dalhousie, one of our area golf courses, "One of the Top 10 Best New Private Club Courses in America." A full listing of area golf courses is available here.
Cape Girardeau is home to two fun disc golf courses. The shady disc golf course at Capaha Park surrounds a lagoon complete with ducks. Click here to view a map of the course. Cape County Park North also features a fantastic disc golf course, learn more here.
Hundreds of trees add to Cape Girardeau's scenery, and they paint a stunning picture every fall. Depending on the weather, the leaves in the Cape Girardeau area are at the peek from September-October. Trail of Tears State Park is a prime spot to see the show.
Here, you'll find something for everyone - from gaming to historic sites and family-friendly attractions, and oh so much more. Check out VisitCape.com to discover all that can be experienced "Only in Cape Girardeau"!