MDC Nature Center Trails

MODERATE 66 reviews

MDC Nature Center Trails is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Springfield, Missouri that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
177 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Beatiful Nature Trails and Natural Wildlife,Flora and Fauna thrive in this area. 3 Miles of Trails (Outer Loop 2.1 Miles) Long Trail-- 1 Hour Boardwalk Trail--(paved) 30 minutes. Savanna Ridge Trail (paved)--15 minutes. Hours Open Daily 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. from March 1 to October 31,and 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. during the remainder of the year. The Building is open 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. every day. The Builing area is closed Thanksgiving,Christmas and New Years Day. Please No pets,bicycles,or roller blades,hunting ,fishing,alcholic beverages,collecting. Please remain on trail at all times. Running/Jogging To reduce conflicts between running and other rail uses,please limit running/jogging on trails to posted times.

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1 month ago

Nice scenic trail to hop on for a quick relaxing hike without going far from town.

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2 months ago

3 months ago

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3 months ago

The trail itself was nice, well maintained and semi marked (a few of the side paths don't tell you where to go so you kinda take best judgement) overall it was a nice trail and the staff at the information center where a great help, I told them about a owl I saw and they tried to help me track down the one it was! I would do this trail again, but it was very crowded that is the only downside also on the "long trail" there are two steep up hill parts that may be harder on some people.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trails, easy to follow, great for beginners.

This is a free trail that is fun and great for families.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Nicely kept trails with a variety of beautiful scenery, great walkways, and neat bridges that have great views of the water. There are numerous trails with varying degrees of distance and difficulty. The only reason I didn't rate this a 5 is because of the traffic noise from the nearby highway; however, after a few minutes into the hike it seems to lessen. I highly recommend it. I also recommend going during the week day if you want to avoid crowds. I went on a Monday and it wasn't crowded at all.

6 months ago

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

It was so awesome! I go to Missouri State Uni, it wasn't a far distance away. Tons of trails, gorgeous scenery! 10/10 would recommend!

8 months ago

9 months ago

Close to Springfield, easy trail. I use it mainly to train for trail runs and backpack endurance.