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Frisco Highline Trail

36 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Galloway Creek Greenway

5 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

James River Greenway

1.7 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Jordan Creek Greenway

3 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Roark Creek Trail

3 mi
State: MO
Concrete

South Creek Greenway

8 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail

2.2 mi
State: MO
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The 36-mile Frisco Highline Trail connects Springfield to Bolivar, winding its way through Missouri farm country along an abandoned rail corridor. The 8-mile section from Springfield to the north end...
MO 36 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The popular Galloway Creek Greenway runs through southeastern Springfield. It begins at Pershing Middle School and heads south paralleling Lone Pine Avenue. Although the trail has an urban feel,...
MO 5 mi Asphalt
The James River Greenway offers a pleasant route along tree-lined Lake Springfield on the south end of Springfield. The paved pathway offers scenic views of the lake, bluffs, and prairies, as well as...
MO 1.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
MO 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Roark Creek Trail provides a pleasant, tree-lined east-west corridor across Branson. As it follows its namesake creek, the paved pathway provides access to North Beach Park on its east end and...
MO 3 mi Concrete
Springfield's South Creek Greenway provides residents and visitors alike with a welcome dose of nature within the city's urban limits, and also serves as a useful off-road means of getting around and...
MO 8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Table Rock Lakeshore Trail offers an easy, paved pathway to experience nature in southern Branson. Following the lake's shoreline, the trail winds through Table Rock State Park under a lush tree...
MO 2.2 mi Asphalt

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Table Rock Lakeshore Trail

MO - 2.2 miles

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail offers an easy, paved pathway to experience nature in southern Branson. Following the lake's shoreline, the trail winds through Table Rock State Park under a lush tree...

Frisco Highline Trail

MO - 36 miles

The 36-mile Frisco Highline Trail connects Springfield to Bolivar, winding its way through Missouri farm country along an abandoned rail corridor. The 8-mile section from Springfield to the north end...

South Creek Greenway

MO - 8 miles

Springfield's South Creek Greenway provides residents and visitors alike with a welcome dose of nature within the city's urban limits, and also serves as a useful off-road means of getting around and...

Accordion

Roark Creek Trail

MO - 3 miles

The Roark Creek Trail provides a pleasant, tree-lined east-west corridor across Branson. As it follows its namesake creek, the paved pathway provides access to North Beach Park on its east end and...

Galloway Creek Greenway

MO - 5 miles

The popular Galloway Creek Greenway runs through southeastern Springfield. It begins at Pershing Middle School and heads south paralleling Lone Pine Avenue. Although the trail has an urban feel,...

James River Greenway

MO - 1.7 miles

The James River Greenway offers a pleasant route along tree-lined Lake Springfield on the south end of Springfield. The paved pathway offers scenic views of the lake, bluffs, and prairies, as well as...

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail

MO - 2.2 miles

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail offers an easy, paved pathway to experience nature in southern Branson. Following the lake's shoreline, the trail winds through Table Rock State Park under a lush tree...

James River Greenway

MO - 1.7 miles

The James River Greenway offers a pleasant route along tree-lined Lake Springfield on the south end of Springfield. The paved pathway offers scenic views of the lake, bluffs, and prairies, as well as...

South Creek Greenway

MO - 8 miles

Springfield's South Creek Greenway provides residents and visitors alike with a welcome dose of nature within the city's urban limits, and also serves as a useful off-road means of getting around and...

Frisco Highline Trail

MO - 36 miles

The 36-mile Frisco Highline Trail connects Springfield to Bolivar, winding its way through Missouri farm country along an abandoned rail corridor. The 8-mile section from Springfield to the north end...

Accordion

Galloway Creek Greenway

MO - 5 miles

The popular Galloway Creek Greenway runs through southeastern Springfield. It begins at Pershing Middle School and heads south paralleling Lone Pine Avenue. Although the trail has an urban feel,...

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail

MO - 2.2 miles

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail offers an easy, paved pathway to experience nature in southern Branson. Following the lake's shoreline, the trail winds through Table Rock State Park under a lush tree...

Galloway Creek Greenway

MO - 5 miles

The popular Galloway Creek Greenway runs through southeastern Springfield. It begins at Pershing Middle School and heads south paralleling Lone Pine Avenue. Although the trail has an urban feel,...

Roark Creek Trail

MO - 3 miles

The Roark Creek Trail provides a pleasant, tree-lined east-west corridor across Branson. As it follows its namesake creek, the paved pathway provides access to North Beach Park on its east end and...

Accordion

James River Greenway

MO - 1.7 miles

The James River Greenway offers a pleasant route along tree-lined Lake Springfield on the south end of Springfield. The paved pathway offers scenic views of the lake, bluffs, and prairies, as well as...

Frisco Highline Trail

MO - 36 miles

The 36-mile Frisco Highline Trail connects Springfield to Bolivar, winding its way through Missouri farm country along an abandoned rail corridor. The 8-mile section from Springfield to the north end...

South Creek Greenway

MO - 8 miles

Springfield's South Creek Greenway provides residents and visitors alike with a welcome dose of nature within the city's urban limits, and also serves as a useful off-road means of getting around and...

Recent Trail Reviews

Frisco Highline Trail

Trail needs a good tree trimming

July, 2017 by adsitonline

I rode this trail last summer from Springfield to Walnut Grove and back and really enjoyed it. This summer I stopped to ride the Northern section from Bolivar to Walnut Grove to see all the bridges. Ended up turning around just before Wishart due to all the low hanging tree branches and the spider webs that were hanging down between the tree branches on both sides of the path. After a couple of miles of plowing through them, I gave up especially after noticing a few dozen spiders crawling around my legs, arms, bike, helmet and across my glasses. I don't give up very easily but enough is enough. What a beautiful ride this trail would be if, like other trails, (especially the Katy Trail that I rode next), the towns along the trail would pitch in and trim it back.

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail

East Side of Table Rock

May, 2017 by noeljkelller

Excellent trail Signed, Parking at both ends of trail. Noel Keller

Roark Creek Trail

Mark the trail

September, 2016 by geofarrar_tl

Branson gets a C- on this trail. East end marking is either well hidden or non-existent. Went to Stockstill Park as secondary entry point. Nice but too short.

Accordion

Galloway Creek Greenway

Family Ride

July, 2016 by csschmidt

Nice, easy trail to do with kids. Trail has lots of trees & goes thru a park. I would also recommend the little restaurant along the trail, Galloway Grill. They are biker & kid friendly w/ good food & a decent selection of beers.

Frisco Highline Trail

Trees Need Trimmed

June, 2016 by kborneman

The Rusty Chain Gang went from Bolivar to Springfield and spent the night at the Courtyard and went back the next day.

No need to go into great detail as Emily's review was spot on. A mower and tree trimming is much needed on all sections of the trail. Some areas worse than others.

A reminder to everyone there is no water on the trail and pack extra water with you. I had 3 water bottles but needed the 4th.

I am looking forward in going back when I see some more positive feedback.

Frisco Highline Trail

Inconsistent maintenance marred a beautiful trail

June, 2016 by emilycsmith

It is a shame that a trail through such a gorgeous, natural area is so inconsistently maintained. My husband and I rode from south of Bolivar (MM 31) north into Bolivar one day, and the second day rode from MM 31 south on the unpaved portion of the trail down to around MM 21.

The paved portion of the trail was average; some roots, but overall decent. The road detour around Hwy 13 in Bolivar is rather long and a bit confusing if you don't know the area due to inadequate signage, but we figured it out.

Parts of the unpaved section south of Bolivar were smoothly packed limestone and very easy to ride on our road bikes, which are equipped with wide tires (1.35"). However, a good mowing and branch trimming was needed as the grass and weeds were high, and occasionally the trail would almost disappear in the weeds. But this was tolerable compared to the conditions we encountered the farther south we got.

We had hoped to make it to Walnut Grove at MM 16, but ended up turning around early due to the gravel conditions, mostly from the Little Sac River bridge (MM 23) to MM 21 (and probably farther south). This section appeared to have been relatively recently re-graveled, and not well. The gravel was larger and deeper than ideal (up to 3" deep in some places), leading to fish-tailing and difficulties controlling our bikes. I would recommend this section for mountain bikes only. It was nice to see that some maintenance had been done on this section, but unfortunately, it was not done well; the gravel was not spread evenly or thinly enough, making it somewhat hazardous and not fun to ride.

The bridge conditions were also inconsistent. Some appeared in dire need of maintenance. One wooden bridge had a large hole where a plank was missing, a very hazardous situation.

With more consistent and careful maintenance, this rail-trail could be the gem it should be, but it was a disappointing trail for us, especially compared to numerous other rail-trails we have ridden across the US.

Frisco Highline Trail

Bolivar to Springfield

November, 2014 by dan.allen.50552

The bolivar portion can be hard to ride on a street bike. We have a tandem and it was pretty hard. We came back with mountian bikes. And it was great!!

Frisco Highline Trail

Not well maintained - not good for road bikes

July, 2013 by angiedickson

From the trailhead at Springfield, the trail is paved and flat for the first 9 miles. Not much scenery to see along this stretch. But this is misleading as the remainder of the trail has many low hanging branches and dangerous ruts as you make your way down the trail. I was riding my hybrid and got a flat tire as did another cyclist we encountered along our 35 mile ride. As we saw only 6-7 cyclists all day long, the odds of getting a flat are pretty high. If you must ride this trail, start from Boliviar as it is much more scenic. Bring all the water you can carry and bring extra tubes!!

Frisco Highline Trail

Bolivar South: Hot Dry Weather – But Interesting & Fun

July, 2012 by jayedee

I did this trail mid-July following several weeks of no-rain hot weather. The trail showed signs of drought, but it was still interesting and fun to ride. I started at the trailhead in Bolivar, and rode south to near Willard and back. I didn’t go into Springfield because I had a long drive back home afterwards. The Bolivar trailhead is well-equipped. It has paved parking, a new brick building having a large covered picnic area and clean restrooms (open from 8-am to 3-pm) plus information bulletin boards and service outlets nearby. From there, the trail is paved southward to within ½-mile north of busy Hwy-13. I missed the westward detour sign at Aldrich Road before arriving there. This detour gives riders a fairly short safe route across Hwy-13 and back to the trail on the paved roads. After missing that detour, I plowed straight ahead southward on a gravelly unfinished ½-mile section to 13. Once there, the medians between the highway and its service roads are fairly deep grassy ditches with bike-hewn pathways through them. Walking/running your bike across them seems the safest way. Once on the south side of 13, the trail is paved for another mile or two south where it becomes limestone chat near the La Petite Prairie. This prairie was mostly green tallgrass for lack of rain. Most of the trail’s surface is fine limestone with only a few gravelly spots where washouts and other wear have occurred. It’s smooth and easy to ride. Its dual track narrows and widens depending on the density of the green well-treed corridor itself. Some of the trail’s 16 bridges were lengthy and tall. Most had wood-plank surfaces. But others had thick metal plates, probably from original railroad stuff with the rails removed. The bridge over the Little-Sac-River had a concrete surface. I saw ducks and a Great Blue Heron there. Overall, I saw much wildlife along this trail despite the dryness: deer, fox, gobs of bunnies and squirrels, chipmunks, skinks, birds, insects, and butterflies. The white mules (in one field) and the varied barn structures were interesting too. The trailheads are simple with sizeable parking lots. The one in Wishart has a small roofed bench shelter plus a chemical toilet. This shelter was installed by the Polk County Bike Club as were others along the trail no doubt. A half-block west of it, a closed mechanic’s shop has an open-to-the-public pop-machine out front. I got a 20-oz cola there on my return trip for $1.25. It also contained cold bottled water. Outside of that, any real services are in the towns near the trailheads; e.g., at Walnut Grove (1-mile west of it to a market) and at Willard (across the street to several outlets). Also, 2-miles north of Willard, a Bulleye Service Station w/convenience store and a separate café are adjacent to the trail just across two-lane Rt-123. So, air-conditioning, restrooms, food, and water exist near the trail and most of its trailheads. This 35-mile trail is worth doing more than once

Frisco Highline Trail

From Springfield to Bolivar

June, 2010 by Mulerifle

My wife and I rode the complete trail on Thursday, 06/03/10. I rode an old Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo mountain bike while my wife rode her new Scott Sportster P3 Hybrid. This was our first trip on the FH. We left at 8:00 A.M. and arrived at the Bolivar trail head at 1:00 P.M. We took our time, stopping a lot and had our lunch on the trail. We brought all of our water and food with us.

For those who have never rode the trail here it is in a nutshell. Starting in Springfield there is about a mile to a mile and a half of gravel before it turns to pavement. You will stay on pavement all the way to Willard until you reach the intersection of 160 and 123. Say goodbye to pavement until you are almost to Bolivar. You stay on a relatively flat gravel section until you reach Walnut Grove. After Walnut Grove the trail really gets fun. From approx. mile marker 17 to the Sac River bridge you are on a downhill stretch. Keep in mind you are gradually dropping down into the Sac River bottom. I kept telling my wife that we were eventually going to have to climb out of this river bottom to reach Bolivar.

After the Sac River, mile 23, you began to see the gradual climb. I would say that from mile marker 27 to 31 was the hardest part of the climb, but this was still a nice gradual slope. This can be a little difficult for a beginner, my wife for example, who has just rode 27 miles so take your time. At about mile 31 the trail turns back to pavement. At about mile 33 the trail suddenly comes to a stop at HWY 13 in Bolivar. You have to make a choice here. The map shows that you need to ride on the road and cross 13 over a highway bridge about a mile northwest. We decided on the shorter and more dangerous route by crossing 13 right there. You can see the trail across Hwy 13 and can ride straight across the Hwy to pick up the trail again. This is what we did. Be careful crossing the highway because traffic is really flying.

On the other side of the HWY you hit the trail again that turns into a gravel single track but is real easy to ride. You eventually hit the paved trail again and ride a short distance to the Bolivar trail head.

Overall we really enjoyed the entire trip. The trail was great but yet not a totally flat easy ride like in a city park. You will ride on a variety of surfaces from pavement, pea gravel, coarser gravel, mud and grass. Some parts of the trail were groomed well while other parts hadn't seen a mower or a trimmer in a while. We both felt that the under groomed portions of trail gave a very remote, out there feel that we enjoyed. For the entire trip we saw 10 people, and four of them were horseback riders. I highly recommend the entire trip to everyone.

Frisco Highline Trail

Conditions.

October, 2007 by Nelson L. Parke

"A notice is on the trail website, but not on this site. I went to the trail this morining and mile 17 to 23 is closed due to recent heavy rains, they arew working on it but it will take some time to get back in rideaable condition. There are some rough spots past mile 23, but I did not go past mile 24 and do not know the conditions past that point. "

Frisco Highline Trail

Newly-opened Section

April, 2006 by

"The long-awaited section of the Frisco Highline Trail between the Greene-Polk County line and Bolivar opened last September (2005), and riders who like a little wild with their ride are in luck. The surface is tame enough--I rode the compressed base rock trail on a road bike, which wasn't optimal but worked fine. The wildness comes in the scenery--a mix of forests, pastures, unplowed native prairie (at Mile Marker 32), and fifteen bridges (compared to zero on the Greene County stretch). Several of the trestles are pretty impressive, a couple hundred feet long and high enough to make me glad of the railing. I don't think the map is wrong (as another reviewer writes)--it just isn't detailed enough to follow successfully. When you reach the point where the trail surface ends at the Highway 13 frontage road just outside Bolivar (headed north), go left and keep following the bike rider symbols painted on the pavement. It's the safest way into town. You can cross Highway 13 as the other writer suggests, but it's a divided four-lane with 60 mph traffic . . . and the first quarter mile of the trail on the other side is unimproved ballast gravel.

Or don't go into Bolivar at all. A mile and a quarter due east of the trail on Highway U, just a couple miles south of town, is Smith's Restaurant. Their menu describes the $5.99 pork tenderloin sandwich as ""a meal by itself."" It's actually two meals by itself. Add an order of sweet potato fries, and feed a friend, too.

I'm looking forward to another ride later this spring. The flowers should be great!"

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