South Creek Greenway

South Creek Greenway is a wonderful eight-mile paved linear park running right through the middle of Springfield, Missouri. The trail offers numerous benefits including opportunities for bicycling, walking, running, skating, alternative transportation, environmental preservation and economic stimulus.

photo: Biking to school. Photo by Terry Whaley. Type: Fitness Trail, Greenway, Urban Trail
Length: 8.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Skateboarding
Wildlife Observation
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Urban trail that follows South Creek east/west through the middle of Springfield, MO, and then southwesterly between Sunshine Street and Battlefield Road along South Creek.
States: Missouri
Counties: Greene
Latitude: 37.17022   Longitude: -93.27725

There are several access points in Springfield, from the first trailhead at National Avenue and Sunset Street, to Close Memorial/Nathanael Greene Park Trailhead, to Farm Road 168 off FF Highway.

Description

South Creek Greenway (SC) is the quintessential urban trail, set in a natural landscape that's been carefully preserved within a heavily developed city. Whether used for biking, walking, running, enjoying nature close to home or commuting without a car to work or school, this paved trail pays enormous benefits for the residents and visitors of the Springfield, Missouri, community.

We have a great partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, as they manage the trail as part of the county park system. We've also been very successful working with Springfield Public Works to partner on enlarging storm water culverts to allow for more water while also improving trail user safety by bypassing heavily trafficked roads by removing at-grade crossings. SC has four underpasses and one large overpass as a result of these types of partnerships – not to mention the project money saved for both all parties by teaming up! Other partners on this project include MoDOT, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Springfield Public School District and the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. A long-term goal for this trail is to link to the NPS's Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.

SC links to other community trails through on on-street bike route system being developed by our Public Works Department. Some of the best features of this trail are the four underpasses and the large Kansas Expressway overpass that allow bicyclists and pedestrians to avoid crossing very heavily trafficked roads. Three schools are located along its route and signed for the national Safe Routes to School program initiative (Holland Elementary, Carver Middle, Mark Twain Elementary).

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Concrete
Wood chips

Average Grade: %
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 2010

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: South Creek Greenway web page and photos from American Trails

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
Program Coordinator
Ozark Greenways
P.O. Box 50733
Springfield , MO 65805
(417) 864-2015
lori@ozarkgreenways.org
http://www.ozarkgreenways.org

Trail Management:
Miles Park
Landscape
Springfield-Greene County Park Board
1923 N. Weller
Springfield , MO 65802
(417) 864-1335
http://www.parkboard.org

 

Photos

 Photo by Terry Whaley.

Photo by Terry Whaley.

 

Rumber Bridge on South Creek. Photo by Terry Whaley.

Rumber Bridge on South Creek. Photo by Terry Whaley.

The Scott Family out biking. Photo by Terry Whaley.

The Scott Family out biking. Photo by Terry Whaley.

 

Wild Coreopsis. Photo by Terry Whaley.

Wild Coreopsis. Photo by Terry Whaley.

Biking to school. Photo by Terry Whaley.

Biking to school. Photo by Terry Whaley.

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