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Featured National Recreation Trails

A sampling of National Recreation Trails in the news or recently designated. The NRT program showcases the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.


National Recreation Trails... America's great trails!

Every kind of trail activity is represented in the listing of designated NRTs. Besides hiking and bicycling, the system includes water trails, motorized routes, snow tracks, greenways, and equestrian paths.

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On the Memory Lane National Recreation Trai in Wappapello, MO

Black River Hike and Bike Trail is a 3.25-mile paved and gravel trail that winds through the bottomland hardwoods and pines along the Black River below Clearwater Dam. The trail offers a great diversity of scenery. The 10-foot wide trail with five entry points is perfect for biking, jogging or taking a leisurely stroll (designated 2010).

Galloway Creek Greenway is located throughout southeast Springfield, this almost 6-mile greenway includes pedestrian underpasses to provide a safe environment for walking, biking and wheelchair use. The greenway is a valued part of this high-traffic area, linking neighborhoods with historic Sequiota Park, Springfield Lake, the nature center's trails, area schools and churches. This trail has been such a success that public demand for more greenways has increased (designated 2003).

Memory Lane Trail Located in Wappapello, this 1-mile trail takes visitors down "memory lane" as they walk through the old town of Greenville, one of the sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors have the opportunity to tour the sidewalks of Old Greenville on a self guided historic walk. In addition to its historic resources, this trail allows for biking, roller skating, and other recreational activities (designated 2005).

Pomme de Terre Multipurpose Trail This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers trail, located in Bolivar Landing on the southern portion of Pomme de Terre Lake, provides enjoyment for horseback riders, mountain bikers, and hikers. The looped trail has several smaller loops, adding up to nearly 20 miles. The scenic trail winds through various types of terrain. The Show-me Missouri Back Country Horsemen keep the trail traffic flowing by contributing countless hours of volunteer labor (designated 2013).

Prairie Creek Greenway Recognized as one of the premier greenways in the Kansas City metro area, this 3.8-mile urban trail and greenway features a rock waterfall and restored prairie meadows, allows for a variety of recreational activities, and encourages positive economic impacts with planned connections to surrounding trail systems (designated 2007).

Running River Trail Located in Outlet Park just below Pomme de Terre Dam, this 3.1-mile looped trail meanders along the Pomme de Terre River and through a fine stand of timber. Designed for walking, jogging, and biking, the trail is a Healthy Active Community collaborative effort by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hermitage School District, Hickory County Health Department, and Hickory County Community Improvement Coalition to promote healthier lifestyles (designated 2013).

South Creek Greenway is an 8-mile paved linear park running through the middle of Springfield, Missouri. It is the quintessential urban trail, set in a natural landscape that’s been carefully preserved within a heavily developed city. The trail provides numerous community benefits with its opportunities for bicycling, walking, running, skating, alternative transportation, environmental preservation and economic stimulus. It serves a range of income levels, ages, ethnicities and physical abilities. Innovative design features include native prairie restoration areas, a footbridge made of rumber (recycled tire lumber), and a 900 foot long highway overpass (designated 2010).

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail Located just south of the Table Rock Lake Dam in Branson, this nature trail extends over 2 miles along the beautiful shores of Table Rock Lake. This accessible trail allows everyone to enjoy the area's wildlife habitat, rock outcroppings, and four local attractions. The trail begins at the Dewey Short Visitor Center, passes by the Showboat Branson Belle, runs through Table Rock State Park, and ends at the State Park Marina. Area residents, as well as visitors from around the Nation, enjoy the wealth of outdoor activities this trail has to offer, including wildlife observation, hiking, biking, and rollerblading (designated 2005).


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