Ozark Greenways

Ozark Greenways

Three years ago, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon launched the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge after the state was named the Best Trails State by American Trails.  Since then, the more than 26,800 Missourians who signed up to participate have logged more than five million miles.

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Saturday marked 25 years of recreational advancements in Springfield as Ozark Greenways celebrated the connection of two popular trails.

The new Tal's Trailhead at 3551 S. Kaufman Road in south Springfield connects the 3-mile Wilson's Creek and 7-mile South Creek trails. The trailhead is named in honor of C. Tal Wooten, Jr., a donor to the project. 

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From the street, it doesn’t look like much. On one side, a privacy fence contains overgrown weeds that resemble mounds of green and yellow spaghetti. On the other side, rows of white and grey houses. Cars whoosh by.

"There’s an old railroad bed that runs through there.”

That’s Terry Waley, executive director of Ozark Greenways. He says the organization first acquired this land years ago, and figured:

“Someday we’ll turn it into a trail.”

Ozark Greenways, Bike
Ozark Greenways

Warmer spring-like weather is giving Springfield citizens and others throughout the region the chance to resume outdoor activities, including cycling. 

Springfield has 140 miles of bicycle paths, greenway trails and on-street bike lanes, according to Ozark Greenways.

“We have a master plan that we’ve been following that lays out a bunch of trails throughout the city and throughout the county,” says Dennis MacMann, park planner for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. 

City of Springfield

Update 4:32 p.m. 6-22-15: Rivercut Golf Course's back nine holes reopened Monday at noon, according to Jenny Fillmer Edwards, public information administrator with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

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