Ozark Greenways

James River Greenway & Trail of Honor

Currently there are three one-mile segments of the James River Greenway. One segment connects the James River iron bridge north to the end of the former frontage road (Gasconade Avenue) that crosses over Highway 65 and provides an on-street loop to and from Sequiota Park.

The second segment of the trail is along the north bank of Springfield Lake Park, from the park entrance to the boathouse on the lake shore.

Future trail could connect these segments and also possibly extend northward along the James River. A future bridge across Springfield Lake has been suggested to join the trail sections on the south and north sides of Springfield Lake.

New! A special new one-mile trail section called the Trail of Honor is now open, meandering along the banks of the beautiful James River and through the edge of the Missouri Veterans Cemetery! This unprecedented trail segment is made possible by a partnership between the Missouri Veterans Commission, C.W. Titus Foundation, and Ozark Greenways donors. We invite you to travel through this landscape with respectful reflection in honor of our country's veterans;
- Springfield Lake has a lovely boathouse with seasonal canoe and kayak rentals to explore the 6-mile James River Water Trail;
- Springfield Lake Park has a nice 1/4-mile woodchipped nature trail in addition to the paved greenway trail

Parking & Trail Access

Parking is available at Southwood Boat Access & Trailhead at 5201 S. Southwood Rd.; Lake Springfield Park at 5324 S. Kissick Ave.; Anywhere along Galloway Creek Greenway; Or come by bike or on foot!


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3 miles total, for 2 segments


Mixed concrete and asphalt paved surface - Minimal to moderate inclines


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


Open during daylight hours only

Interactive Map

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

Greenway Etiquette

  • 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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