Springfield Conservation Nature Center Trail Loop

MODERATE 103 reviews

Springfield Conservation Nature Center Trail Loop 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.

2.1 miles
147 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

paddle sports

trail running





wild flowers


no dogs

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. Please No pets, bicycles, or roller blades, hunting, fishing or alcohol.

1 month ago

The best!!

2 months ago

For being on the edge of town this is a great place to go! We’ve seen numerous deer and turkey! We love this Nature Center!!! They have made upgrades to the trails with gravel and just adding more beauty to the area.

2 months ago

Great for an afternoon nature walk. One we will definitely walk again.

2 months ago

Pretty trail and better than I imagined. Will do this again.

2 months ago

What a gem of a trail! The nature center is a must stop before heading out on the trail and has several interesting exhibits on the Missouri outdoors. The trail is a stop on the Great Missouri Birding Trail and didn’t disappoint as the trail passes through several habitats each abundant with different bird species. The highlight of the several bird species spotted was a Mississippi Kite. The trail is well maintained and marked. A beautiful Broadhead Skink with a bright orange-reddish head sat next to the trail and allowed us to view him for several minutes. I will definitely do this trail again.

3 months ago

I have hiked this trail my entire life and it only gets more beautiful! It’s quite the workout too! If you aren’t used to it, you will be sore the next day!

3 months ago

We took our 5 kids here today. We had a blast. They have a little packet for kids to find things as you hike. They have so much on the side of educational. We did the long trail which is about an hour the trail is well maintained and also guides came through as we walked and handed out stickers to the kids. They have places to stop and look in the water and play. We will for sure be going back. We loved it.

3 months ago

This is a nice, short but scenic trail that is perfect if you are looking for a quick walk. We saw deer and ducks during our walk There wasn't too much traffic on the trail. Trail was easy to follow. Would definitely come back.

3 months ago

Pretty good trail just for fun. Nothing too difficult!

4 months ago

Short little jaunt around the nature center grounds with a view of Lake Springfield. There are convenient on-site bathrooms, plenty of parking, and the nature center itself for those interested. This place is a hidden treasure at the south end of Springfield.

4 months ago

Nice walk with the family... Keep an eye out for turkeys, and deer...

5 months ago

Close to the city. Variety of trails - some fully paved and short, others longer with more varied terrain. Can be very busy on weekends when the weather is nice.

7 months ago

Horrible..the people working there were very very rude.

7 months ago

Excellent for bird watching! I will be back.

11 months ago

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

Sunday, July 02, 2017

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.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Beautiful trails, easy to follow, great for beginners.

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

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.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hiked all over with my granddaughters. We went for 2 1/2 hours, going from one trail to the next. We had asked multiple people along the way if the "trail looped back to the Nature Center"? Everyone said yes. We ended up in Sequiota Park. Finally a map! It didn't loop back to where we started. We called a taxi.
More maps are needed! We would go again, just make some different trail choices.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A beautiful trail system teeming with flaura and fauna. A number of very nice bridges cross numerous creeks and streams. Excellent for trail runs, getting the kids out of the house, or to get yourself away for nature walks/hikes. It's listed as moderate but, this rating would be directed more toward those who rarely get outdoors and happen to suddenly decide they want to take a walk in the woods. I would lean toward an 'easy' rating for those who regularly engage in hiking and trail running, or those who typically participate in other outdoor activities requiring any amount of physical excursion.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Nice close location but not a lot to look at.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Nice little area outside of the city. Nature trails that are good for walking, and you get some good views of the James River.

Monday, August 15, 2016

I took my 3 kids on the trail.
They had such a great time, they made me take them again before we left town. It had a great nature center at the end to cool off after the trail.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

This is the most well cared for trail! Busy on a Sunday morning, but not crowded.
Beautiful views of the river. Lovely wildflowers at almost every turn.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Beautiful! Easy

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Easy terrain. Pretty scenery.

Monday, March 07, 2016

One of our quick standby places to hike.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nice pawed paths, great to go with kids, easy. Lots of squirrels to see, birds and deer.

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