It's no surprise Missouri was named “Best Trails State” by "American Trails." That's especially true in Springfield and the surrounding area. Whether you are biking or hiking, Springfield has a variety of trails packed with breathtaking scenery.
Many of those trails are maintained by the Ozark Greenways, a nonprofit organization. The 140-mile system contains a variety of multi-use trails that comprise a dynamic network of connected streams, parks, businesses and neighborhoods available for everyone of every age, ability or interest. From downtown trails that highlight the heart of the city to trails that wind through the countryside, you're sure to find one that will give you what you're seeking whether it's exercise, solitude or cityscapes. This expanding trail system features a diversity of trails including rails-to-trails, paved trails, gravel trails, a water trail and natural surface trails. For mountain biking, the Sac River trails are the place to go.
For a look at the city's history, check out the Springfield-Green County African American Heritage Trail. The trail follows the Jordan Creek Greenway trail that runs near several important sites, such as the Sherman Avenue Corridor, the former Lincoln High School, (Springfield’s black high school before integration, now known as Ozarks Technical Community College’s Lincoln Hall,) Jones Alley Business District, and the Historic Church Quadrangle (Washington Avenue Baptist Church, Benton Avenue AME Church, Gibson Chapel Presbyterian Church and Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church.) and Silver Springs Park, Springfield’s only public park open to black residents during segregation.