Our rolling hills, verdant woodlands, sparkling streams and miles of pristine lakes make the Ozarks a giant playground for outdoor adventure. Bike. Hike. Swim. Boat. Fish. Hunt. Waterski. Zip-line over the forest from the top of an Ozarks mountain. Ride the open roads on your motorcycle. Or simply soak up the sun in one of our many city parks with your favorite furry friend. Adventure is only a short drive away.
The League of American Bicyclists voted Springfield a Bicycle Friendly Community, thanks in part to the City’s more than 75 miles of greenways. For those who love to travel by pedal power, Springfield offers lots of ways to get around town or explore the great outdoors on two wheels.
The future of natural surface trails in the Springfield area is also looking bright. The Dirt 66 Master Plan seeks to connect many of the trails listed above with the Fellows Lake Trails to create a circuit that’s more than 60 miles long.
The Ozarks are also home to annual MTB races like the annual Singletrack Mind Festival hosted by Trailspring and Round and Round the Underground, a short-course subterranean fundraiser that began in 2021.
The Springfield region is one of the best places on earth to get up close and personal with nature. Hiking, camping and caving offer great views and unforgettable experiences, whether you prefer spectacular bluffs, secluded waterfalls or just the thrill of adventure.
Springfield offers a vibrant variety of natural escapes. With a dedicated sales tax for parks and trails, our city is nationally recognized by Sports Illustrated for our Parks Board and community commitment to recreation. Historic parks offer fantastic settings to unwind with picnics, playgrounds, pools or just a stroll through the trees. Our more than 100 city parks and recreational sites provide an assortment of experiences with new options including the marquee Jordan Valley Park in the heart of downtown, Wilson-Rutledge Farm Park and Cruse Dog Park.
Whether it’s fly fishing along clear, spring-fed streams or catching trout in one of many popular fishing holes, the Springfield region is a true fishing paradise. Here are just three of the many favorite fishing spots that lure anglers from near and far:
Hunting opportunities abound with deer and turkey seasons leading the way each fall. A nationally recognized Department of Conservation manages a variety of long hunting seasons for waterfowl and a diversity of wildlife. And with Bass Pro Shops stores in Springfield and Branson, you’ll always have the latest gear close at hand.
Thrill-seekers take heart—the Ozarks will amaze you with an abundance of possibilities.
BMX biking fanatics will be psyched to know that the Spokes BMX Raceway in west Springfield regularly hosts races that draw local entrants as well as hundreds from several surrounding states. The track hosted the South Central Gold Finals in 2021.
If you’re more of a water lover who prefers to paddle your way down scenic waterways, the Ozarks will feel like utopia. One thing we have plenty of is meandering rivers and streams suitable for float trips. So load up your canoe or kayak and hit these awesome spots to feed your appetite for the outdoors.