Ozark Greenways

Galloway Creek Greenway

TRAIL ALERT: From now through Nov 2017, Galloway Creek Greenway will be closed off at the Highway 60/65 interchange during MoDOT's highway widening project. The rest of the trail will remain open, and we have this indicated on the individual trail map on this page.

Galloway Creek Greenway runs north-south in southeast Springfield. It was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2003, by the National Park Service and American Trails, and was the first trail in Missouri to receive this honor! It begins at Pershing Middle School on Seminole Street, just east of Lone Pine Avenue, and heads south through historic Sequiota Park and the village of Galloway, then to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, concluding at the scenic James River bridge. The trail connects to a short piece of the James River Greenway and James River Water Trail - both of which highlight the natural beauty of the Ozarks that runs right through Springfield!

POINTS OF INTEREST: Sequiota Park and its historic cave; Restaurants and shops of Galloway Village: Sequiota Bike Shop (a restaurant with single and tandem bike rentals!) Galloway Grill with its mural; Bambino's Cafe has a wall of trail information inside; There's an oversized wheelchair sculpture you can climb into; There's a bike sculpture compliments of the Springbike Club; then the popular Gorman-Sharp pet cemetery; City of Springfield's recycling center; the beautiful and educational Springfield Conservation Nature Center; A connection to the James River Water Trail for canoeing, kayaking, fishing and nature watching); The trail view going under the Highway 60/65 interchange is an interesting visual contrast between the huge concrete cloverleaf highway and the lushly wooded James River corridor.

NOTE: The Nature Center does not allow bikes or dogs on its trails, but they do allow walkers and runners. There's a rack to lock bikes to where the greenway enters the back of the Nature Center, for those who wish to enter the Nature Center on foot.

Parking & Trail Access

Parking is available at Pershing Middle School at 2600. E. Seminole St., Sequiota Park at 3500 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield Conservation Nature Center at 4601 S. Nature Center Way, and the James River Bridge at 3398 E. Timbercrest St.
(Or come by bike or on foot!)

Map

Download a printable version of the Ozark Greenways map

Gallery


Length

5 miles total (From Pershing Middle School to Nature Center and to the James River Bridge)

Terrain

Both concrete and asphalt surface - Minimal to moderate inclines

Accessibility

Walkers, runners, bicyclists, in-line skaters, wheelchairs, baby strollers

Hours

Open during daylight hours 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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