Galloway Creek Greenway Trail runs north-south in southeast Springfield. It was the first trail in Missouri to receive the honor of being designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2003! It begins at Pershing Middle School on Seminole Street, just east of Lone Pine Avenue, and heads south through historic Sequiota Park and Galloway Village, then to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, concluding at the scenic James River bridge. The trail connects to the James River Greenway and James River Water Trail – both of which highlight the natural beauty of the Ozarks that runs right through Springfield.
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!
Fassnight Creek Greenway Trail is in the heart of Springfield, south and west of downtown and Missouri State University. It currently passes through Fassnight Park, and goes under Campbell, Bennett, and Jefferson Avenues, and connects by road to Phelps Grove Park. It will eventually be extended west to Jordan Creek and Wilson’s Creek greenways and east to the Springfield Art Museum.
The Trail of Tears is unique among planned and existing trails in the region for its historical and cultural significance at both the local and national scale. As a segment of the cross-country Trail of Tears Historical Trail, the corridor documents the forced migration of thousands of Cherokee people from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee to Indian Territory in present day Oklahoma. Existing segments of the trail in the region elaborate on this history through interpretive signage and, where possible, use a natural surface to preserve the character the Cherokee likely encountered nearly 180 years ago.
Wilson’s Creek Greenway Trail links to South Creek Greenway in southwest Springfield, at the popular junction called Tal’s Trailhead via an on-street connection. This trail is lovely and travels through the popular Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. Another section of Wilson’s Creek Greenway trail is paved at Ewing Sports Complex – the future site for Fassnight Creek Greenway, Wilson’s Creek Greenway, & Jordan Creek Greenway trails to all connect.