Galloway Creek Greenway, located in Springfield, Missouri, is a designated National Recreation Trail -- the first trail in Missouri to receive this honor. Hikers who explore this beautiful path get a true sense of the Ozarks that run through Springfield.
Throughout the Galloway Creek Greenway, you can make connections to the James River Greenway & Trail of Honor and the James River Water Trail. Be sure you and Fido explore the Sequiota Park and its historic cave on the greenway, and stop to grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants in Galloway Village or do a bit of window shopping at the local boutiques. You might want to explore the popular Pet Cemetery, or you may prefer to avoid it, but it is one of the features of this trail.
The hike itself is an easy one, with a paved path and gently sloping hills. You will find the trailhead easily at a school, with plenty of free parking, or there are other areas where you can park to access the trail from side points. Miles are clearly marked by painted numbers on the pavement, and there is a restroom at Mile 2. You will also find bathrooms at the Sequiota Park farther in the trail.
This is a very popular local and tourist path, so there are often many events planned. If you are looking to avoid a crowd or would like to plan your schedule to coincide with some of these activities, be sure to check the Galloway Creek Greenway website to see what's on during your visit!
When you are ready to hike the Galloway Creek Greenway, simply head to the free open parking lots available at Pershing Middle School, The Towers Shopping Center, Sequiota Park, or the James River Iron Bridge. Any of these locations will get you onto the path!