Ozark Greenways

Trail of Tears Greenway

The Trail of Tears is unlike any of Springfield's other greenway trails. This trail tells the painful story of how, in 1830, President Andrew Jackson and Congress created the "Native American Removal Act" and forceably removed 60,000 Native Americans from their homelands in the southeast, to live on "indian reservations" in Oklahoma. It became known as the Trail of Tears, and follows 2,200 miles of land and water routes, covering 9 states. Thousands of men, women and children died during the terrible journey on foot.

The National Historic Trail of Tears route runs through Springfield and a portion of the route near Republic Road and Golden Avenue has been preserved with a greenway trail. This trail section is currently under development and planned to extend north, including a future trailhead parking area. Ozark Greenways is accepting tax-deductible donations to extend this trail.

Parking & Trail Access

No trailhead or parking currently, but planned for the future


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1 mile total (more developing)


Finely crushed gravel surface called "dirty base"


Walkers, runners, bicyclists, 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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