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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.

Length 8.6 mi Elevation gain 242 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Lake

River

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

Washed out

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Getting There

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.

Plenty of parking areas and toilet facilities

One mile east of Lee's Summit on Ranson Road and 1.5 miles south of Highway 50.

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Troy Lakey
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John Doerries
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JoRetta McKarnin
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Hiking

Great gravel trail part way and then off trail is dirt rocks and grass. it winds and turns several places and you can make a short 1 mile hike or make several turns and get in a good 3 mike hike. I take my dog and she loves exploring the woods. This time of year beware of the ticks if you go off trail. Deep Woods Off highly recommended!

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Troy Lakey
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JoRetta McKarnin
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Hiking

Lots of ticks, bring the deep woods off!

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Troy Lakey
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grown
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Kyle Diederich
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Maurissa Dawn
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Hiking

Pretty trail, very wooded, lots of shade, dog friendly (on leash). Also, offers fishing. Will come back soon!

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Troy Lakey
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Garrick Gaffney
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HikingMuddy

Took my kids ‘backpacking’, they are 2 and 4 years old, and it was perfect. Awesome primitive camping during the spring, reminds me of the west.

Sara Manning
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Troy Lakey
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Shelby Wade
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Troy Lakey
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Nick Centonze
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HikingMuddy

Very wet and muddy in spots

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Troy Lakey
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Steve Herndon
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HikingOver grown

A good trail not too muddy but the trail isn’t marked on the north side of cat claw lake. Had to backtrack to the main road and then pick it up again

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Cynthia DeShazo
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Muddy

Super natural area for all outdoorsy enjoyment.

Karen Bartz
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Hiking

Too wet in late March 2020 to hike

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Dede Beneke
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Chris Shull
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Hiking

Nice trail system in the SE corner of the area. Below is a video from a recent hike there: https://youtu.be/G1MBD7u1u6w

Derek Christeson
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