Fulbright Spring Greenway Trail is a gorgeous trail that begins at Ritter Springs Park and travels east underneath Highway 13 past David C. Murray Trailhead, Lost Hill Park, and ends at Truman Elementary School. It is currently 6.98 miles long. This trail was recently named a National Recreation Trail, marking our region’s fifth National Recreation Trail!
Go hiking and bird watching at Valley Water Mill Lake on their 1.5 mile trail; 189 bird species have been sighted!
Oak Grove Park has a great entry level course if you’ve never tried Disc Golf before. There aren’t many obstacles making this a great place to learn the sport and have fun!
McBride Park offers a great beginners Disc Golf course. With few obstacles, this wide open park is a lot of fun if you’re just getting started.
The Lake Springfield Disc Golf Course opened in the Fall of 2021. This 18-hole professional-level course is designed to bring new recreation opportunities to Lake Springfield Park, incorporating into the natural landscape with minimal visual impact. While it’s a bit more difficult for beginners, it offers a nice viewing experience.
Dirt 66 Trails at Fellows Lake While Fellows Lake itself offers a plethora of activities in its beautiful setting, the trails here are the best our city has to offer for new mountain bikers. Much of the trail is considered beginner level, while some of the downhill is more intermediate. It’s easy to pick a section to ride, and come back another day for some new dirt!
Ward Branch Greenway Trail is currently in two sections that are planned to eventually connect. One is segment connects Burrell Center Lake to Twin Oaks Park/substation on Republic Road and on to The Library Center. The other section has two miles that connects Wanda Gray Elementary School to River Bluff Cave Archeology Museum (across the road from Rivercut Golf Course). This section is also very wooded and scenic as it meanders back and forth along Ward Branch Creek.
The Frisco Highline Trail winds 35 miles through the scenic Ozarks and it connects Springfield to Bolivar, Missouri. The trail was designated a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service and American Trails in 2004, is the Ozarks’ premier scenic rail-trail, and has a rich history.
South Creek Greenway Trail runs east-west through the middle of Springfield and was designated as a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service and American Trails in 2006. The trail starts at McDaniel Park Trailhead at National Avenue and Sunset Street and links to Nathanael Greene Park/Close Memorial Park, the Springfield Botanical Center, Sherwood Elementary School, Carver Middle School and many neighborhoods and destinations. The trail, via an on-street connection, also connects to Wilson’s Creek Greenway at Tal’s Trailhead.