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Experience the Beauty of the Ozarks

Trail Condition 7/16/15 -
Watch for a few ruts near Walnut Grove, caused by flooding.

Bike, Walk, Run on Missouri's Second Longest Rail-Trail

The scenic Frisco Highline Trail is 35 miles long, from Springfield to Bolivar, Missouri. Several fun events are held on the Frisco Highline Trail each year. If you would like to reserve the Frisco Highline Trail for an event, contact us.

Bicyclists and Pedestrians Are the New Travelers of this Historic Rail Line

A lot has happened here since back in 1948, when Harry Truman rode the 35 miles from Springfield to Bolivar and back in his private railroad car, warming up for his famous “Whistlestop" campaign that would get him re-elected as President that November. The tracks are gone now, the old stations have been torn down, and the wail of the steam whistle has been replaced by silence and bird songs.

And yet, some things haven’t changed much at all in sixty years! Wheels still spin on this route—only today they’re bicycle wheels, as recreationists of all political stripes enjoy the second-longest rail-trail in Missouri (after the famous Katy Trail). The route still winds through woods and pastures, crossing sixteen bridges on its way across two counties. The deer still bound away, the cattle still stare, and the small town folks still know how to fry up a pork tenderloin and make a stranger feel welcome.

The Frisco Highline Trail is a scenic path through southwest Missouri’s past and present. Use this website to plan a Frisco Highline whistlestop tour of your own. As Harry himself would say, “The bike stops here!”

Contact Us

The Frisco Highline Trail is jointly administered by Ozark Greenways, a non-profit trails and greenspace organization, and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board (within Greene County).

Ozark Greenways
P.O. Box 50733
Springfield, MO 65805
(417) 864-2015

Terry Whaley, Executive Director - terry@ozarkgreenways.org
Lori Tack, Program Coordinator - lori@ozarkgreenways.org