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Springfield, MO — Ozark Greenways has added another national recognition to its trail system.
The US Department of the Interior has named the Wilson’s Creek Greenway as a National Recreation Trail. The greenway is one of 19 trails receiving the designation this week and the only trail in Missouri on the list.
The five-mile trail spans from Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park to Republic Road in southwest Springfield and unincorporated Greene County. Wilson’s Creek Greenway also connects to the six-mile South Creek Greenway, which runs east-west through the middle of Springfield.
Mary Kromrey, executive director of Ozarks Greenways, said the designation is a great honor.
“We are super thankful that we get to help folks of all ages and abilities connect to our beautiful outdoors, each other, and the places they want to go,” said Kromrey. “Our trail and park system is one of the best, and we hope you head outside on June 2, National Trails Day, to explore Wilson’s Creek Greenway!”
Wilson’s Creek Greenway is the fourth trail in the Ozark Greenways system to earn the National Recreation Trail designation. Galloway Creek Greenway, in east Springfield, became Missouri’s first National Recreation Trail in 2003. The 35-mile Frisco Highline Trail, connecting Springfield to Bolivar, earned the title in 2004. South Creek Greenway was added to the list in 2006.
The National Recreation Trails Program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, in conjunction with a number of Federal and not-for-profit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the National Recreation Trails website.
Ozark Greenways is a 501c3 non-profit group of private citizens in greater Springfield, Missouri, working to preserve the Ozarks' natural heritage for public use and enjoyment by developing a greenway trail network, and promoting Springfield Public Works' growing on-street bike route network. Ozark Greenways partners with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board for trail maintenance and operations.
For trail maps and more information, visit OzarkGreenways.org or call Ozark Greenways at 417-864-2015.
For media inquiries, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (office) or 417-224-5510 (mobile).
Photo by W. Allin Sorenson