Ozark Greenways

Frisco Highline Trail

The Ozarks' Premier Scenic Rail-Trail

ALERT:  Watch for washouts and trees down after recent storms - especially near mile markers 16 and 17.

NEW: Bicycle camping is now available at Walnut Grove City Park! For reservations, call (417)788-2596.

NOTE: Near miles 20 and 21, there is a permanent detour around part of the trail that has an erosion issue. Use caution and have fun!

The Frisco Highline Trail is Missouri's second longest Rail-Trail, winding over 35 miles through the scenic Ozarks connecting Springfield to Bolivar, Missouri. Wheels still turn on this former railroad corridor, but nowadays it's bicycle wheels spinning in place of rolling iron locomotives. The deer still bound away here, the cattle still stare, and the small town folks still know how to fry up a pork tenderloin and make a stranger feel welcome.

The trail was designated a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service and American Trails in 2004. The south half of the trail is in Greene County, managed by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. The north half of the trail is in Polk County, managed by Ozark Greenways volunteers.

POINTS OF INTEREST: The TransAmerica U.S Bike Route 76 crosses the FHT midway at Walnut Grove; The 1884 Little Sac River Bridge (MM18); Historic Graydon Springs (MM23); Sixteen former railroad bridges to cross; Rare native La Petite Gemme Prairie in all seasons (MM32); Historic Bolivar City Hall and public square; Missouri's Harry Truman road the train along the Highline from Bolivar to Springfield and back in July 1948, leading to his Whistle Stop Campaign that won him the U.S. Presidency; Junction Cafe in Willard; Frisco Mini Storage Bike Depot & Rest Stop; the 7C's Winery, Meadery & Camping; and annual special events throughout the year.

MORE INFORMATION: www.friscohighlinetrail.org 

VOLUNTEER ON THE FRISCO HIGHLINE: www.facebook.com/OGTrailCrew

Reserving Frisco Highline Trail for Events

If you would like to hold an event anywhere along the Frisco Highline Trail, please fill out this special use application, and email to terry@ozarkgreenways.org

To reserve any of Springfield's other greenway sections than the Frisco Highline, contact Springfield-Greene County Park Board at (417) 864-1049 or charper@springfieldmo.gov.

Join Friends of the Frisco Committee

Friends of the Frisco is a new committee of volunteers who are interested in helping Ozark Greenways further improve and promote the Frisco Highline Trail. Projects include improving the trail, marketing to tourists, promoting to potential supporters, and encouraging adjacent businesses to attract customers to and from the trail. If you'd like to get involved, contact terry@ozarkgreenways.org.

Parking & Trail Access

Springfield Trailhead at 3845 W. Kearney St.; Willard Trailhead at 211 E. Jackson St.; Walnut Grove Trailhead at 820 E. Main St.; Wishart Trailhead on 514th Rd.; and Bolivar Trailhead at 800 W. Jackson St. (Or come by bike or on foot!)

Map

Download a printable version of the Ozark Greenways map

Gallery


Length

35+ miles

Terrain

Minimal inclines;
A third of the trail is paved with asphalt (8 miles from Springfield to Willard, and 3 miles inside Bolivar city limits); The remainder of the trail is compacted crushed gravel (18+ miles from Willard to Bolivar)

Accessibility

Walkers, runners, bicyclists (hybrid, crossbike, mountain, cruiser, tandem, cyclocross), wheelchairs, strollers, and in-line skating on the paved sections

Hours

Open during daylight only

Interactive Map

  • Gravel
  • Pavement
  • Mulch/Natural
  • Water
  • Bike Lanes
  • Shared Lane Markings
  • Signed Bike Route

Greenway Etiquette

Bicyclists
  • Show courtesy, greenways are for all users.
  • Yield right-of-way to pedestrians.
  • Keep to the right (except to pass).
  • Always pass on the left and give ample room.
  • Before you pass a pedestrian or another bicyclist, slow down and either ring a bell or politely call out “passing on your left”.
  • Stay single file in congested conditions.
  • Ride at a safe speed and enjoy the view.
All Users
  • Share the greenway; be considerate  of all users.
  • Keep to the right side of the greenway.
  • If you stop, step off the greenway.
  • Turn down volume on earphones so that you can hear other greenway users.
  • Keep dogs on a leash and clean up after your pet.
  • Report trail hazards in Greene County to Springfield-Greene County Parks at 864-1049.
  • Call 911 to report crime.

We rely on the enthusiasm and financial support of the community.

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