Parks and Recreation
In town or around town, Fredericktown has a great variety of outdoor recreation available. Just north of town is City Lake Park which offers a playground, picnic area, three pavillions, hiking trails and fishing around the lake which provides our drinking water.
Just north of our historical Court Square are Jaycee Park and Wanda Priest Park, easily accessible from North Main Street. The parks play host to an assortment of community events such as the Azalea Festival and the Madison County Fair. The parks have athletic fields, several open air pavilions and a new playground!
Memorial Park is located at 605 Park Dr. on the south side of town and is home to our public pool as well as Teen Town and a pavilion which can be reserved.
Fredericktown City Pool is now an Ellis International Certified Pool. We will be practicing and challenging our guards to keep their rescue skills sharp using shadows and manikins.
To reserve any city park pavilions call City Light & Water, 573-783-2154.
Around Madison County
The largest and most accessible recreation area in Madison County is the Silver Mines Recreation Area, which is part of the Mark Twain National Forest. Along with its associated Turkey Creek Picnic Area and Millstream Garden Conservation Area, Silver Mines provides miles of beautiful hiking trails along the sides of one of the deepest valleys of the St. Francis River. In the spring, the white waters of the river are also a popular site for kayaking contests. For anyone interested in geology, Silver Mines offers the additional benefit of easy access to an unusual variety of rare minerals.
A beautiful location to the east of Fredericktown is the Castor River Shut-Ins, where the Castor River travels through large boulders of pink granite.
The southwestern part of the county is notable for some of the highest mountains in Missouri, and for steep, beautiful valleys that are for the most part accessible only by foot. Perhaps the most impressive such valley is Cathedral Canyon, which is difficult to get to but provides a spectacular hike between the steep bluffs of Trackler and Glade Dotted Black Mountains. A full list of Madison County hiking trails and scenic areas, and just as importantly, how to access them, can be found at Madison County Parks and Hiking Trails.