Explore the most popular walking 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.

love the different flora and fauna

A big loop with some off-set trails. Its good for the casual walker.

I’m partial to this trail as I live about 6 miles from it. It’s mostly flat and is well kept. Great for jogging, walking or biking.

This is a nice trail not far from Springfield, MO, mostly in the woods and around a lake, gentle ups and downs, by a natural spring and through a corner of wetlands. Be sure to include the short stretch along the creek which is on a paved path. Many cardinals giving their calls. Nice hike in the summer in the early evening when it is not so hot.

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.

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

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.

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3 months ago

Very nice trail, although heavily populated in areas. Be aware if you take this trail, there are multiple runners, walkers, and bikers that use this along with families.

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.

I really enjoyed this trail!

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

Easy hike.

Cute trail that's close by. Great for an after work lazy walk or jog

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.

great trails.

Such a beautiful area! Loved going with the kiddos!

Nice park with a good trail. Some of the trail is paved and some goes up in the bluffs by the lake. There is playground equipment on top of a hill that has a great view.

We started near the entrance to the park on a rare 70 degree day in January and went up the rugged part first. This way at the halfway point you are at the bluff and get a nice rest and beautiful view! If you're lucky you might spot an eagle from the bluff! You can also stop at the marina if you need a drink or a bathroom break. Then returning is all paved trail to wind down!

This is one of my favorite local trails. around to the spring with the deck overlooking it, to the lake overlook. There are a couple of study stations and in the past year they have done a lot of trail work. You will enjoy it. DO IT!!!

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

Excellent for bird watching! I will be back.

Pretty good train other than being a bit rundown in areas.

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