Springfield Conservation Nature Center Trail Loop

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Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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 good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 147 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

NOTE: It has been reported that the restrooms are temporary closed due to COVID-19, so please plan accordingly. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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.

hiking
over grown
rocky
26 days ago

This trail was stunning. Many views of lake, creek and some rock bluffs. I had the opportunity to take beautiful pictures. I also saw a couple of wild turkey.Only downside is the bathroom was closed due to quarantine which was tricky. Overall great experience.

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bugs
1 month ago

Very pretty views with boardwalk.

hiking
2 months ago

Several water areas that are very pretty

nice trail, needs some trash cleaned up. a little muddy, overall a decent hike.

easy trail good family fun

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favorites. I love the backside of the Long Trail and the hike along the creek. This trail can get a little crowded sometimes, but sometimes it's good to see smiling faces. This is a great trail for families but can be challenging with little ones.

Peaceful hike through the chilly temps. Very little wildlife and some water covering the trail in spots due to recent weather.

This was a great trail. Some hills, some water, some Ozark fish remains. Loved it.

Came out for a Christmas Eve hike. Did not disappoint.

AWESOME! I loved it, great scenery and noise. Little slippery but that’s due to my poor choice in footwear. Cool bridges, awesome trail and it was the PERFECT weather. highly recommend for a beginning hiker like myself.

great simple trail for families. my 2 and 4 yr old made it just fine with a few snack breaks. clear easy trails to follow

hiking
7 months ago

It's a very fun trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Such a good family day trail. We go quite often. Usually you’ll see at least a couple deer or some turkeys wandering around the path. The lake has a pretty bridge and if you go thru the field trail there’s a little creek you can follow. You still get a workout with the hills tho!

Nice place to walk after a long day driving. Thanks all trails.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice walk near the lake. Easy going, with a lot of birding opportunities. Great way to see nature in town.

hiking
10 months ago

We love coming here for a nice stroll. The trail is the perfect length for most ages. We usually see some sort of animal, turtles, fish, deer, Turkey, snakes, birds etc.

Sat Jun 01 2019

Its a very Good trail!

Sat Apr 20 2019

beautiful trails we are here in the spring trees are budding out. trails are good for strollers ex eipt the ba k part farthest from nature center. that part is too rocky for strollers

hiking
over grown
rocky
washed out
Mon Apr 15 2019

Not quite as nice and cared for as it used to be. The lakes and ponds are pretty gross until the trash. However today was absolutely gorgeous 76° out and sunny! We had a great little hike.

hiking
bugs
muddy
Sun Mar 17 2019

hiking
Mon Feb 04 2019

Nicely maintained trail. nice visitor center. Great for an urban setting.

hiking
Tue Jan 08 2019

The long trail is about 2.5 miles, including gravel paths, large stones, and pavement closer to the nature center. Nicely groomed, no trash on the trails. Canada geese, mallards, squirrels, and hawks were out. Not too stunning in the dead of winter, but good views of the river and some streams. Sure to be much prettier with more foliage. Lots of people out on a nice day, but not too crowded.

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