Recreation


There are many opportunities for recreation in Edwards County.....here are just a few of them!!

Festivals - The people of Edwards County love a celebration and take advantage of many opportunities to hold community festivals and events.  The Christmas Fantasy is held each year in Kinsley on the first Saturday of December. The residents of Lewis hold a Community Wide Christmas Dinner every year. In February PEO hosts the Chocolate Affair in Kinsley.  In May bargain hunters can shop at the County-wide Garage Sales.  The Fourth of July goes off with a bang every year in all the Cities of Edwards County with fireworks displays and BBQs.  Don't forget the County Fair in July.  The second Saturday in October is Oktoberfest in Kinsley.  Not to mention all the annual soup suppers, hog roasts, fireman's dinners, and the Annual Groundhog Day Pancake Feed.  There is always something to do in Edwards County!!

Kinsley Country Club- The Kinsley Country Club, a semi-private golf course, was established in 1967 and is located 2 miles south of Kinsley. It is an "Oasis in the Sandhills" nine hole course playing 3033 yards, par 36. New members are always welcome. The course is also open to green fee players.

Kinsley Gun Club
- S. Briggs Ave. (at Kinsley Airport) Frank O'Brien 620-659-8684
Prefer not to hunt but love to shoot?  The Kinsley Gun Club is for you providing trap and skeet shooting with competition events scheduled throughout the county and state.  Also available on a yearly basis are "Gun Safety" courses.

Kinsley Swimming Pool - 1200 Block of S. Niles (S. Highway 183)
The Kinsley pool is open from late May through mid-August.  Residents of Kinsley who have water service can pick up free pool passes for their family at City Hall, 721 Marsh Ave.  Those that live in USD #347 can obtain a pool pass for $12/year.  Pool features 3 foot to 12 foot swimming areas, diving boards, snack bar, covered picnic areas and baby pool.

Parks - The cities in Edwards County have beautiful parks!
Belpre - This park located on Dudley Street features playground equipment and covered picnic area.
Kinsley - there are three City Parks located in Kinsley
  • Pioneer (South)  Park - This is where the action is in Kinsley.  Located on South Niles (S. Highway 183).  Here you will find two playground areas, BBQ pits and grills, covered and uncovered picnic areas, and lovely trees and landscaping.  Also located in this park area is the Kinsley Swimming Pool, Baseball fields, Soccer Field, "The Pink Building" Community Center, Basketball Courts, Bicycle Trail, New Walking Trail, Outdoor Exercise Equipment, Rodeo Arena, Kinsley High School Football Field and Track, and Edwards County Fairgrounds.  Located across the street from the Kinsley Gun Club and Kinsley Airport.
  • Baugher Park - Located on Highway 56 across from the Elevators.  Lovely tree covered park with playground equipment and picnic area.
  • Midway Park - Located at the Junction of Highways 50 and 56 at the west end of Kinsley.  This park features playground equipment, flower garden, covered picnic area as well as rest room facilities.  Also features the famous "Midway USA" Sign, a Santa Fe Steam Engine, antique farm machinery exhibit, old church and shares the space with the Edwards County Historical Society Museum and Sod House.  Close by at the VFW is the All Veteran's Memorial.
Lewis - The City Park features baseball fields, picnic areas, and playground equipment.
Offerle - This City Park features basketball courts, horseshow pits, playground equipment, picnic areas, and restroom faciliites.

Palace Theater - this historic theater built in 1918, shows current films on the weekends.  Located at 223 E. 6th Street, Kinsley, call 620-659-2225 for showtimes.

Community Centers - all the Cities in the County have Community Centers where festivals and celebrations are held and that can be rented for family or organizational events.
Belpre Community Center - 502 Dudley, contact Doris Freeman at 620-995-4921 for information.
Allison Memorial Community and Youth Center - 115 E. 6th Street, Kinsley, Contact Mickey Avery at Kinsley Drug, 620-659-2136 for information.
The Pink Building - S. Highway 183 (in South Park), Kinsley, contact City of Kinsley at 620-659-3611 for information.
Wayne Community Center - 208 Main Street, Lewis - contact the Lewis Press at 620-324-5551 for information.
Speck Building - Offerle -

Midway Senior Center - located at 618 S. Colony, Kinsley - contact Alice Peterson at 620-659-3305.

Hunting & Trapping- Edwards County has abundant deer, pheasant, turkey, quail, duck & dove as well as varments like prairie dogs and coyotes.  Trappers can also find abundant furbearers like mink, raccoon, fox, bobcat, and badgers.  Visit our Hunting page for more information or to schedule a hunt. 

Fishing & Camping - The Arkansas River & Coon Creek stretch around the City of Kinsley and throughout Edwards County making fishing and camping popular activities in the area.  The 4-Aces RV Campground is a wonderful place to pitch a tent or park your RV.

Recreation Commissions - These groups in USD #347 and Lewis offer summer T-Ball, Little League, and softball opportunities.  Kinsley USD #347 Recreation Commission has also begun offering programs throughout the year including soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, and wrestlingl.  Call 620-659-3611 for  Kinsley and Cheron Sebes at 620-324-5509 in Lewis.

Moto-Cross
- Edwards County has 3 moto-cross arenas, located throughout the Kinsley area, for all who enjoy the thrills and spills of Motorcycle racing.  Safety and fun is the name of the game here and they take both seriously.  The tracks are set up for all ages.  For safety's sake they are open by agreement only - call Mike Avery at 620-659-2872 or Ed Eslinger at 620-659- 2371 for further information on accessibility.

Nature Trails - The Arkansas River and Coon Creek Trails are a great way to rediscover nature year-round.  A new Bicycling Trail has been proposed that would run along the Arkansas River from just East of Kinsley to the South River Bridge.  This trail would be available for mountain biking, hiking, horseback/mule riding or ATVs.  In addition, a new cement Walking Trail is availalbe in Pioneer (South) Park in Kinsley.