Outdoor Attractions and Entertainment

Rivers, forested hills and bubbling springs – they’re all part of the natural appeal of south-central Missouri’s Ozark Heritage Region. The Ozark Heritage Region seems to have been planned with outdoor fun in mind. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the heart of the region. Here, along 134 miles of the Current and Jack’s Fork Rivers, are caves, springs and bluffs. To really enjoy it all, get into the woods and onto the water. By canoe or boat, you can enjoy an old Missouri favorite, a fun and refreshing float trip. Whether you bring your own gear or rent it from one of the outfitters along the water, you’ll never forget your float through the Ozark’s forests and past old homesteads.  You can even enjoy Rolla’s very own beach!  Fugitive Beach offers family fun from May through September.

The public can enjoy many recreational opportunities in the Rolla area. In addition to a water park for summer fun, a golf course, mini golf course, go karts, batting cages, fitness facilities, Oak Meadow country club and a movie theater with four indoor screens, Rolla also has 18 tennis courts, many parks with lakes for fishing and hiking trails for a casual walk or jog. Access to many of Missouri’s beautiful waterways is as close as five miles from the city, perfect for canoeing, fishing and enjoying the natural beauty of the Ozarks.