James A. Reed Wildlife Memorial Loop

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James A. Reed Wildlife Memorial Loop is a 8.6 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
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
242 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

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
3 days ago

I’ve walked these trails over and over again due to their proximity to home. Love the quiet time and taking pictures along the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great for fishing, boy scout primitive camping - rate a four, for hike a 3

3 months ago

Very nice no signs to find the trial on your way in though.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views and many different paths to choose from.

hiking
9 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
9 months ago

Nice easy trail, well kept up.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

pretty lit honestly. the only thing that was challenging was the lack of trail markers but that's it.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Would be better if it had better paving and marked better. Got lost and off the trail but this app saved me :). Beautiful though. Lots of lakes and everyone was saying there were Eagles fishing earlier in the day

hiking
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Beautiful area close to home for me. A lot more little trail besides the loop

hiking
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

An amazing place to relax and truly experience the beautiful outdoors. There are main trails and more secluded ones as well.

cross country skiing
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Beautiful scenery. Plenty of lakes and mostly wooded area/pasture

hiking
Monday, September 22, 2014

We like Reed mainly for convenience but its also just a great place! If you go back by Bluestem lake there is a hiking trail closed to horseback. It's a little more secluded than the multi use trails. You'll also cross a few bridges, see a huge old tree, and get to the top of a nice bluff. Most of it is very well maintained and easy to walk, no real hills or anything difficult. Our only complaint about the hiking trail is that it is too easy and not long enough. But if want to get mileage in use the multi use trails as they total almost 15 miles.

hiking
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Great for running the dogs! We tend to avoid it during fishing season, when it can get a bit crowded; not to mention that the dogs tend to disrupt. But during the winter, it's a great hike around each and every lake.

hiking
Saturday, March 09, 2013

This is a nice place close to the city to get out of the house. There was not anything special about it. Typical Missouri terrain. We went here mostly out of curiosity more than anything. It was pretty muddy but due to recent snowfall melting. We hiked the multi-use trail as well as the hiking only trail. Even with it late winter/early spring, there were quite a few folks fishing and being that the last part of the trail we were on really was not feasible to walk on, we did walk down the road quite a ways and there was quite a bit of road traffic. It was an interesting hike and got me out of the house but I wouldn't go here often, only when I just don't feel like making a long drive anywhere. There isn't much in the way of elevation changes. Most of the time you are walking in a field/pasture area around the back side of the numerous lakes. Lots of geese and ducks though. Worth it if you don't wont to make the drive and with all of the loops to the multi-use trail, you could make it short or long depending on what you want.

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