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Springfield Conservation Nature Center Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful loop teeming with flora, fauna, and water features. A great place to escape the city and get into nature.


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Loop

1,250' 381 m

High

1,143' 348 m

Low

166' 51 m

Up

165' 50 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Otherwise known as the MDC Nature Center Trails. This is a beautiful, well-marked trail system teeming with flora and fauna. A number of very nice bridges take you across the James River, and numerous creeks and streams.

Description

We began at the Savanah Ridge Trail entrance and followed the Long Trail directions. The trail winds down and around, through canopies of trees, next to streams, and across boardwalks through water features. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you'll most certainly see a number of deer and squirrels, and possibly other small woodland creatures. As mentioned earlier, you'll take bridges across the James River and various creeks and streams. As you begin to head back up toward the nature center, you'll occasionally use some small steps created out of the natural rock in the area.

This area is excellent for hiking, backpack conditioning, getting the kids out of the house, or just to get yourself away for nature walks/hikes/runs. It's listed in some places as 'moderate' but, this rating would be directed more for the beginner or toward those who rarely get outdoors and 'suddenly decide' they want to take a walk in the woods. I would lean toward an 'easy' rating for those who regularly engage in hiking, or those who regularly participate in other outdoor activities requiring any amount of physical exertion.

Flora & Fauna

Mainly deer, squirrel, and birds. There is a possibility for other woodland wildlife. Lots of trees and seasonal wildflowers.

History & Background

Check out the MDC Nature Center for educational offerings and conferences at the trailhead.

Contacts

Shared By:

Missouri Hiker with improvements by Zac Nixon

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Photos

A sunset offers a beautiful backdrop to the meandering waters of the James River.
Jan 9, 2017 near Battlef…, MO
There are plenty of paved sections along this trail.
Dec 10, 2019 near Battlef…, MO
Sunset on the trail
May 14, 2019 near Battlef…, MO
This is one of many bridges you'll cross. This one takes you over Galloway Creek.
Jan 9, 2017 near Battlef…, MO
Deer can be seen regularly throughout the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.
Jan 9, 2017 near Battlef…, MO
A sturdy bridge aids your travel over the James River.
Jan 9, 2017 near Battlef…, MO

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Jul 24, 2019
Steve Atwood
Oct 1, 2018
Zac Nixon
Plenty of friendly deer! 2.5mi — 0h 41m
Sep 15, 2018
Stephanie Funk
Well marked trails
May 30, 2018
Christina Shepherd
May 6, 2018
Gary Perkins
Gary and Teresa
Nov 24, 2017
Brad McGehee
Jan 28, 2017
Jose Rodriguez Jr.
Nice small trail
Aug 19, 2016
Christina Shepherd
4mi