National Recreation Trails Database


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South Creek Greenway (SC) is the quintessential urban trail, set in a natural landscape that's been carefully preserved within a heavily developed city. Whether used for biking, walking, running, enjoying nature close to home or commuting without a car to work or school, this paved trail pays enormous benefits for the residents and visitors of the Springfield, Missouri, community.

We have a great partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, as they manage the trail as part of the county park system. We've also been very successful working with Springfield Public Works to partner on enlarging storm water culverts to allow for more water while also improving trail user safety by bypassing heavily trafficked roads by removing at-grade crossings. SC has four underpasses and one large overpass as a result of these types of partnerships – not to mention the project money saved for both all parties by teaming up! Other partners on this project include MoDOT, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Springfield Public School District and the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. A long-term goal for this trail is to link to the NPS's Wilson's Creek National Battlefield.

SC links to other community trails through on on-street bike route system being developed by our Public Works Department. Some of the best features of this trail are the four underpasses and the large Kansas Expressway overpass that allow bicyclists and pedestrians to avoid crossing very heavily trafficked roads. Three schools are located along its route and signed for the national Safe Routes to School program initiative (Holland Elementary, Carver Middle, Mark Twain Elementary).


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This website provides access to the National Recreation Trail (NRT) database, a collection of information on the various trails which have been designated as NRT's. These trails are located throughout the United States and U.S. territories. The amount of information may vary from trail to trail. If you need more information than is available on this site, please use the contact(s) listed for that trail. (If no contacts, are listed, you may request help from American Trails at

The on-line database has details on the currently designated National Recreation Trails. The NRT Program online is hosted by American Trails: