Frisco Highline Trail
The Ozarks' Premier Scenic Rail-Trail
TRAIL ALERT 9-26-18: In the next few weeks, the City of Willard will install a new pipe line along the Frisco Highline Trail, south of Frisco Trail Mini Storage. A 1/8-mile of trail will periodically be closed during weekdays, however, the trail will be fully open on weekends. We encourage you to use the trail, but you might need to modify your route. Parking is available at trailheads and Frisco Trail Mini Storage (4175 N. Willard Rd.). We'll post the timing here once we know. Thanks for your patience!
The Frisco Highline Trail is Missouri's second longest Rail-Trail, winding 35 miles through the scenic Ozarks, connecting Springfield and Bolivar, Missouri. The trail was designated a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service and American Trails in 2004. The trail is made possible by donors and members of Ozark Greenways, who owns this scenic Rail-Trail. Many thanks to the Springfield-Greene County Park Board for their help maintaining the south half of the trail!
The trains have been replaced by bicyclists, walkers and runners. Wheels still turn on this former railroad corridor, but nowadays it's bicycle wheels spinning instead of rolling iron locomotives. The deer still bound away, the cattle still stare, and the small town folks still know how to fry up a pork tenderloin and make a stranger feel welcome.
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Frisco Highline Trail maintenance issue to report? Contact John Montgomery at (417)864-2015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Points of Interest
Mile 3 - Rest Stop & Bike Storage Frisco Mini Storage & Bike Depot
Mile 4.25 - Rest Stop Tom Netzer Rest Stop, with drinking fountain, next to Conco Quarry
Mile 6 - Bike Rental, Shop, Shuttles, Food & Drink Frisco Bicycle Rental Opening 4/7/18, at Willard Trailhead!
Mile 6 - History of Willard's 1908 Bank Robbery A trail kiosk tells how the two robbers escaped on a handcart down the railroad tracks, the bank building is directly west of Willard Trailhead
Mile 6 - Food & Drink Naomi's Cafe Willard's local BBQ, home cooking at its finest
Mile 6 - Food & Drink Pizano's Pizza Who doesn't love pizza after a trail excursion
Mile 6 - Food & Drink Jackson Street Deli Another local favorite in Willard
Mile 8 - Camping Trailside $5 - Coming soon to Willard Soccer Park!
Mile 8 - Food & Drink Junction Cafe The classic American diner, regulars mix with visitors
Mile 8 - Convenience Store Bullseye Convenience store and gas station
Mile 16 - U.S. Bike Route 76 The TransAmerica Bike Route Crosses the trail on Highway BB, connects Oregon and Virginia, attracts cyclists from around the world
Mile 16 area - Convenience Store Mays Mart Limited grocery store, gas station, water, one mile west of Walnut Grove Trailhead
Mile 18 area - Airbnb Harmony Hill Retreat
Mile 18 area - Winery & Camping 7C's Winery, Meadery & Camping
Mile 18 to Mile 35 - Railroad Bridges "The 16 Bridges of Polk County" Each former railroad bridge is unique, and fun to cross on foot or by bike
Mile 19 - History of Hobo Haven A kiosk tells how this spot was a campsite for "hobos" who were men (and a few women) traveling to find work during the Depression
Mile 20.5 - History of Graydon Springs The town is mostly gone now, a kiosk recalls its 1890's heyday as a "healing waters" destination and resort
Mile 22.5 - Best View Bridge Little Sac River stone bridge, built in 1884
Mile 26 - Longest Bridge At 317 feet, the Highline Bridge is the longest of "The 16 bridges of Polk County"
Mile 32 - Native Prairie La Petite Gemme Prairie Beautiful grasses and wildflowers, the trail passes right through it!
Mile 35 - Pavilion & Restrooms Open-air pavilion with picnic tables at Bolivar Trailhead
Mile 35 area - Farmers Market Greater Polk County Farmers Market (April-October) just south of the public square
Mile 35 area - History Museum Polk County Museum A walk through time, housed in the town's first school, a pioneer log cabin sits on the park-like grounds
Mile 35 area - Park & Lake Dunnegan Memorial Park Historic stone architecture
A Rich History
Bicyclists and pedestrians are the new travelers along this historic railroad line. Click our history timeline.
The Frisco Highline Trail is a scenic path through southwest Missouri’s past and present. Missouri's own Harry Truman road the Frisco Highline. A lot has happened here since back in 1948, when Truman rode the 35 miles from Springfield to Bolivar and back in his private railroad car, warming up for his famous “Whistle Stop Campaign" that would get him re-elected as President that year. The tracks are gone now, the old stations have been torn down, and the wail of the steam whistle has been replaced by bird songs.
The Sixteen Bridges of Polk County
And yet, some things haven’t changed much at all! Wheels still spin on this route—only today they’re bicycle wheels, as trail users of all political stripes enjoy the second-longest rail-trail in Missouri (after the famous Katy Trail). The route still winds through woods and pastures, crossing sixteen railroad bridges on its way across Greene and Polk counties. Use this page to plan a Whistle Stop Tour of your own!
Trailside Camping, $5 --- Willard Soccer Park, Willard City Hall Reserve at (417)742-3033.
Walnut Grove Camping & Airbnb
Free camping --- Walnut Grove City Park Reserve at (417)788-2596
Free camping --- 7C's Winery & Meadery Reserve at (417)788-2263
Airbnb --- Harmony Hill Retreat
Hotels Closest to the Frisco Highline Trail
Springfield has numerous options, and the downtown square is about 5 miles from Springfield Trailhead. Find a variety of lodging, services and destinations promoted by the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.
South end of trail --- Courtyard by Marriott Airport and LaQuinta Inn & Suites Airport
North end of trail --- Bolivar Super 8 and Country Inn and Comfort Inn and New! Best Western Bolivar Hotel
Volunteer with Friends of the Frisco
Help Ozark Greenways improve and promote the Frisco Highline Trail. Projects include trail work days, marketing, and encouraging local businesses to attract customers from the trail. We have a Facebook page especially for our volunteers at www.facebook.com/OGTrailCrew. If you'd like to help, contact our Frisco Highline Trail manager, John, at email@example.com or (417) 864-2015.
Reserving Frisco Highline Trail for Events
To hold an event anywhere on the Frisco Highline Trail, fill out this special use application and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Ozark Greenways, P.O. Box 50733, Springfield MO 65805. If you have questions, call John at (417) 864-2015.
Links of Interest
Parking & Trail Access
Springfield Trailhead at 3845 W. Kearney
Frisco Trail Mini Storage & Bike Depot, 4175 N. Willard Rd.
Willard Trailhead at 107 E. Jackson
Walnut Grove Trailhead at 1956 State Highway BB
Wishart Trailhead on 514th Road
Bolivar Trailhead at 800 W. Jackson
Walkers, runners, bicyclists (hybrid, crossbike, mountain, cruiser, tandem, cyclocross), wheelchairs, strollers, and in-line skating on the paved sections
Open during daylight only