If you are an avid hiker or simply searching for a pawtastic place to take your pup for a stroll, look no further than the South Creek Greenway, in the city of Springfield, Missouri. Located in the southwestern corner of the state, you will certainly enjoy your time on this nationally-designated recreational trail.
The trail travels for 8 miles and runs in an east-west pattern. It passes many spectacular attractions and locations, so everyone will find something to enjoy! The local Audubon Society has designed what is referred to as the ‘big green cave!’ that contains 100 different bird species. The trail runs right through it, over the highway overpass. You will also pass the city’s other attractions, including the botanic center and butterfly house, just to name a few.
Rural lovers will enjoy this trail as it meanders through prairie grasses, putting you right through the middle of nature! South Creek Greenway is a scenic path and each hike will be different and exciting! This paved route is perfect for all pup-abilities and is wheelchair accessible. There is no better place to enjoy walking, hiking, bicycling or in-line skating. It is required that your pup remain on leash while using this shared trail.
Be sure to carry plenty of water and offer plenty of rest stops for your fur-ever friend to keep him safe in hot weather. There are restrooms at the trailhead in McDaniel Park, as well as drinking fountains, but there are no other facilities available as part of the trail. The spring and fall seasons offer cool temperatures and much better pavement comfort for your pup’s paws, although the trail is always open and popular during the year.
Head to Springfield for a pawtastic-good hike together!
This greenway trail is highly trafficked during the early morning and evening hours. Be advised that Missouri summers can be extremely hot.