Frisco Highline Trail

The Frisco Highline Trail is the longest Rail-Trail in Missouri, at 36 miles miles, and connects Springfield to Bolivar, Missouri, with several historic rural farm towns along the route. Bicyclists, runners and walkers enjoy the Ozarks' scenery there in all seasons. Harry S. Truman got the idea for his Whistle Stop Campaign for President after traveling the Highline railroad from Bolivar to Springfield and back in the summer of 1948. On the north half of the trail, there are 16 railroad trestles to cross over. The trail also passes through La Petite Gem Prairie, a rare native jewel.

photo: The Frisco Highline Trail crosses 16 railroad bridges, including this 1880's beauty on the Little Sac River, at mile marker 23. Type: Fitness Trail, Greenway, Rail Trail
Length: 36.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Connects Springfield north to Bolivar, Missouri, part along State Route 123
States: Missouri
Counties: Greene & Polk
Latitude: 37.24212   Longitude: -93.35649

Five trailhead access points are available, including Springfield, Willard, Walnut Grove, Wishart and Bolivar. Springfield Trailhead is on Kearney Street, west of West Bypass. Bolivar Trailhead is on Highway 32/Broadway Avenue, just west of their historic downtown square.

Description

The Frisco Highline Trail is the second longest Rail-to-Trail conversion in Missouri, at 36 miles long, connecting Springfield to Bolivar. It provides free, safe non-motorized use opportunities for walking, running, bicycling, commuting, touring and wheelchair use. This historic scenic corridor connects several railroad towns, including Springfield, Willard, Walnut Grove, Graydon Springs, Wishart, Pearl, Morrisville and Bolivar. In fact, Harry S. Truman got the idea for his Whistle Stop Campaign for President after traveling the Frisco Highline railroad from Bolivar to Springfield and back in the summer of 1948. On the north half of the trail, there are 16 railroad trestles to cross over. The trail passes through La Petite Gem Prairie, one of the most diverse prairies in Missouri, according to the Missouri Prairie Foundation. This trail is changing the southwest Missouri region by shedding new light on health issues related to sedentary lifestyles. People who have never been active in their lives are getting out onto the trail. Not just nature-craving city folks, but also rural residents are enjoying the trail for recreation, exercise, transportation and spending time with friends and family. The success of this trail has resulted from the increased public demand for further greenway development around the Springfield community. The uniqueness this trail has to offer is incredible scenery though - a real rural Missouri experience. In one of the fastest growing areas of the state, we need to highlight the importance of preserving this rural cultural heritage, before the farms all become subdivisions.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 870
Elevation High Point: 1,270
Year Designated: 2006

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
Lori Tack
Ozark Greenways
PO Box 50733
Springfield , MO 65805
(417) 864-2015
lori@ozarkgreenways.org
http://www.friscohighlinetrail.org

 

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