Ozark Greenways

South Creek Greenway

South Creek Greenway runs east-west through the middle of Springfield, and is designated a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service and American Trails in 2006. The trail starts at McDaniel Park Trailhead at National Avenue and Sunset Street and links to Nathanael Greene Park/Close Memorial Park, the Springfield Botanical Center, Sherwood Elementary School, Carver Middle School and many neighborhoods and destinations. The trail also connects to Wilson's Creek Greenway at Tal's Trailhead.

POINTS OF INTEREST: Greater Ozarks Audubon Society has adopted the two-mile trail section between National and Campbell Avenues along Sunset Street which hosts over a 100 species of birds; The birds-eye view from on top of the Kansas Expressway overpass (a.k.a. the "big green cage"); Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and adjacent Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly HouseGray-Campbell Farmstead (the oldest house in Springfield!); Mizumoto Japanese Stroll GardenNathanael Greene Park/Close Memorial Park/Drummond Lake; Horton Smith Golf Course; Golden Avenue native prairie; Connection to "The Link" at Sunset Street (an 8-mile bike-pedestrian route between Doling Park and Twin Oaks Substation Park) featuring Springfield's only HAWK signal at Sunset Street; The one-mile woodchipped Volunteer Nature Trail section off Farm Road 168; Connection to Wilson's Creek Greenway and all its features including Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park.

NOTE: There is a 1/2-mile gap between trail segments at Battlefield Road near Highway 160. These two sections are connected with bike lanes, sidewalks and signage along Battlefield Road. This temporary connection crosses over West Bypass/Hwy 160 (old FF Highway) using old Kaufman Road to link to the next trail section to the southwest. See this gap connection illustrated on the PDF map to the right.

Parking & Trail Access

Parking is available at McDaniel Park Trailhead at 2405 S. National Ave. (National Avenue and Sunset Street); Nathanael Greene Park/Close Memorial Park at 2400 S. Scenic Ave.; Tal's Trailhead at 3351 S. Kaufman Rd.; and the Volunteer Nature Trail section at 4458 W. Farm Road 68. Or come by bike or on foot!


Download a printable version of this Ozark Greenways map



7 miles total (including 1-mile woodchipped Volunteer Nature Trail)


Mixed asphalt and concrete 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.

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