Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Springfield with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great easy trail with good views. A lot foot traffic though.

My family and I went on the trails here today and it was beautiful. if you have kids with you go to the nature center and ask for a back pack, it comes with binoculars, a leaf activity and other fun stuff for kids to check out on the hike.

1 month ago

cool spot

1 month ago

Was a nice place to hike with a decent pay off mid way through the blue path. Would recommend for a 2-3 hour hike

This is great trail to get lost on and people are scarce. If you don't like the challenge of getting lost bring a GPS. The elevation doesn't change by that much and the scenery is actually quite nice. During my hike it rained and made everything green up, however there were lots of spider webs. I believe this would be a great place to visit during Autumn or Winter, especially if you live on the north side of Springfield.

love the different flora and fauna

trail running
2 months ago

Easy single track trail system, very well maintain and excellent for trail running. Nice fellows out there!

3 months ago

Decent trail that was easy to follow and nice scenery. Biggest set back was the numerous ticks and horseflies we encountered. We had sprayed beforehand with tick defense bug spray but still pulled or brushed off over 50 ticks between the two of us

great trail. a little of everything from up hill down hill. very rocky in places

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.

4 months ago

Awesome trail with amazing scenery. My son and I were lost somewhere around 4 hours, because the trails are not clearly marked however it was enjoyable and peaceful. My son used Google Earth to find our way out.

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

Great scenery but the trails were VERY POORLY marked. I got lost for a while. I saw a lot of wild life! Went home with lots of little ticks. Probably wouldn’t recommend.

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

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.

This trail is paved except for about the last 100 yards before reaching Lake Springfield. It would be a nice trail for the elderly or disabled. The first half of the trail runs along the James River and is inside the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. The last half of the trail runs along the edge of mostly open fields. A train track with a bridge divides the two halves. When we were there part of the trail toward the lake end was under ankle deep water but that just added to the fun.

This is a well marked trail that is about 1/4 paved. It travels through a wooded area before running by the lake. The part of the trail by the lake is paved. There are some very nice views of the lake and the power plant across the lake along the paved part of the trail. Parts of the trail were under water due to recent rains. As expected by being in the city, it was a busy trail.

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!

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.

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.

Pretty good trail just for fun. Nothing too difficult!

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.

6 months ago

Pretty scenery, but the trails are poorly marked and no longer connected to the Greenways Trail system. Perfect for a picnic, fishing or canoeing.

6 months ago


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

7 months ago

Love this place. Have been here a couple times and both times saw a lot of wildlife.

Great place for kids and dogs. Really well maintained.

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.

8 months ago

Not too bad of a trail, but they are not well marked and a GPS may not be a bad idea.

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