James A. Reed Wildlife Memorial Area

EASY 49 reviews

James A. Reed Wildlife Memorial Area is a 8.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Greenwood, Missouri that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
324 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

trail running

walking

horseback riding

lake

river

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

washed out

This is a popular fishing destination; however, with a 15-mile multi-use trail, which primarily loops around multiple lakes and sometimes in the woods, you can add and subtract to make it a very nice hike. Most of the trail is in fields/pasture areas. The James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area is located in Jackson County, south of Highway 50, near Lee's Summit. This wildlife area was established in 1952 when Mrs. Nell Reed donated 731 acres of land to the Missouri Department of Conservation in memory of her husband, Senator James A. Reed. Additional tracts were purchased using federal monies and Department funds to bring the area to its present 3,084 acres. Development of the area and lake construction began in 1957. Over 250 acres of water have been impounded to form 12 lakes, ranging in size from one to 42 acres. Most lakes contain largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, redear sunfish, and bullheads. Striped bass hybrids have been stocked in several of the lakes. The area also has numerous small ponds. Woodlands, native grass plantings, shrub plantings, and cropfields are managed to provide year-round food for wildlife. Giant Canada geese nest and winter at the Reed Area. The area also supports good numbers of deer. This wildlife area was acquired, developed, and is managed in part through the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

hiking
10 hours ago

hiking
3 months ago

A little too well maintained for me, plenty of goat trails off to the sides. No payoff, just hiking and some ponds and Very small Lakes

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy trail, well kept up.

4 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

6 months ago

A beautiful place, it's my second favorite hiking area.

7 months ago