Numerous lakes and parks offer great opportunities for those who love outdoor adventure. Lake Lou Yaeger, with more than 1,200 acres of water, 45 miles of shoreline, and 300 acres of parks, draws fishing enthusiasts, boaters, campers, swimmers and picnickers. Horseback riding is also allowed, and the local Rotary Club has marked nature trails, established bluebird nesting boxes and displayed identification labels for native trees.
Walton Park offers another opportunity for those searching for a day of relaxation. Home of the first Chautauqua in 1905, William Jennings Bryan and Carrie Nation gave speeches at Walton Park. In keeping with the feel of the early 1900s, only canoes, row boats and boats with trolling motors are allowed on Walton Park Lake.
Shoal Creek Conservation area provides another secret paradise for nature lovers. Its self-guided trails shelter many species of butterflies, birds and other wildlife. Shoal Creek is known for its woodland, including an oak and hickory forest, and prairie barrens.