Ozark Greenways

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, near Mile 4, 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The trains have been replaced by bicyclists, walkers and runners.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 john@ozarkgreenways.org.

Points of Interest

Mile 0-6 - Sculpture Cruise Transportation themed sculptures created by local artists
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 & Sales At Willard Trailhead
Mile 6 - History of Willard's 1908 Bank Robbery Kiosk tells how two robbers escaped on a handcart down the railroad tracks, the old bank building still stands, west across from 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 Willard Highline Soccer Park Next to the trail
Mile 8 - Food & Drink Local Diner The classic American diner, regulars mix with visitors, next to the trail
Mile 8 - Food, Drink, Restrooms & Gas Convenience Store & Gas Station Next to the trail
Mile 16 - U.S. Bike Route 76 TransAmerica Road Bike Route Crosses the trail on Highway BB, connecting Oregon and Virginia, attracting cyclists from around the world 
Mile 16 Area - Food, Drink, Restrooms & Gas Convenience & Gas Station in Walnut Grove Limited groceries
Miles 16 Area - Food, Drink & Misc Dollar General in Walnut Grove Mile west of Walnut Grove Trailhead
Mile 18 Area - Winery & Camping 7C's Winery, Meadery & Camping Off the trail a couple miles, watch for small signs
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 bicycle
Mile 19 - History of Hobo Haven Kiosk tells how this spot was a campsite for "hobos" who were men (and a few women) traveling to find work during the Great 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 Little Sac River's stone railroad bridge, circa 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 that the trail passes right through!
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, pioneer log cabin sits on park-like grounds
Mile 35 Area - Park & Lake Dunnegan Memorial Park Historic stone architecture, seasonal restrooms & water, picnic tables, pavilions

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 16 Railroad 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 16 railroad bridges on its way across Greene and Polk counties. Use this page to plan a Whistle Stop Tour of your own!

Lodging & Camping

Camping at Willard --- Mile 6
Trailside Camping, $5 --- Willard Highline Soccer Park, Willard Parks Reserve (417)742-3033.

Camping at Walnut Grove --- Mile 16 Area
Free camping --- Walnut Grove City Park Reserve (417)788-2596 
Free camping --- 7C's Winery & Meadery Reserve (417)788-2263 

Airbnb's --- Closest to the Frisco Highline Trail

Hotels closest to the trail's South end (Springfield) & North end (Bolivar)
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 Best Western

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 john@ozarkgreenways.org or (417) 864-2015.

Events

There are a variety of trail events throughout the year, including our favorites - the Frisco Railroad Run and the old-fashioned Christmas on the Frisco.

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 john@ozarkgreenways.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

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners
Willard Chamber of Commerce 
Willard Parks Department  
City of Bolivar

Parking & Trail Access

Mile 0 Springfield Trailhead at 3845 W. Kearney 
Mile 4.25 Frisco Trail Mini Storage & Bike Depot at 4175 N. Willard
Mile 6 Willard Trailhead at 107 E. Jackson 
Mile 16 Walnut Grove Trailhead at 1956 State Highway BB 
Mile 24 Wishart Trailhead on 514th Road 
Mile 35 Bolivar Trailhead at 800 W. Jackson

Map

Download a printable version of this 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.

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