Celebrate National Trails Day

5 Trails to Visit in Christian County for National Trail Day on June 1st

5 Trails to Visit in Christian County for National Trails Day on June 1st

National Trails Day is the perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful trails that Christian County, Missouri, has to offer. From serene hiking paths to thrilling ATV routes, there's something for everyone to enjoy. These trail systems play a crucial role in enhancing the quality of life for residents by providing outdoor recreational opportunities that promote physical health, mental well-being, and a sense of community. Additionally, these trails attract tourists and outdoor enthusiasts, contributing to local economic development by boosting businesses such as restaurants, retail stores, and lodging facilities. Here are a few trails within Christian county to check out:


1. Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area

Busiek Yellow and Blue Loop

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 4.4 miles
  • Highlights: Scenic views, varied terrain
  • Details: This popular loop trail is perfect for hiking and running. It offers beautiful scenery and a moderate challenge, making it suitable for most hikers. The trail is well-maintained and provides a peaceful experience, especially during quieter times of the day. (AllTrails)


Busiek Red Trail

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 3.6 miles
  • Highlights: Rock formations, stream crossings
  • Details: The Red Trail is known for its scenic beauty, including rock formations and streams. It's a moderately challenging hike that offers a rewarding experience for those who take it on. Be prepared for some muddy spots and the presence of ticks, especially during warmer months. (AllTrails)


2. Chadwick Motorcycle and ATV Use Area

  • Terrain: Mixed (smooth and hard-packed to rugged with loose rocks)
  • Miles of Trail: 80
  • Facilities: Parking, vault toilets, camping areas (Cobb Ridge, KC Pavilion)
  • Details: This area is a haven for off-road enthusiasts. With a variety of loops and trails, riders can enjoy everything from gentle rides to steep climbs. The Chadwick area is managed by the Mark Twain National Forest and offers excellent amenities for a comfortable and adventurous day out​ (RiderPlanet USA)​​ (US Forest Service)​.


3. Tin Top to Math Branch to Cedar Glade Loop

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
  • Length: 5.8 miles
  • Highlights: Elevation changes, diverse flora
  • Details: This trail offers a challenging workout with significant elevation changes and scenic beauty. It's perfect for hikers looking to experience the diverse flora and landscapes of the area. (AllTrails)


4. Two Rivers Park: Home Run, South Loop, and West Loop

  • Length: 7.7 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Highlights: River views, diverse landscapes
  • Details: This trail combines several loops in Two Rivers Park, offering a longer hike with varied scenery and river views. It's ideal for hikers looking to explore different terrains and enjoy a day out in nature. (AllTrails)


5. Ozark Park Trail

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 2.0 miles
  • Highlights: Scenic views, accessible path
  • Details: This easy, family-friendly trail offers a pleasant walking experience with beautiful views. It's perfect for a leisurely stroll, jogging, or biking, and is accessible for all skill levels. (AllTrails)


Tips for Enjoying National Trails Day

  • Plan Ahead: Check trail conditions and weather forecasts.
  • Pack Essentials: Bring water, snacks, a map, and a first-aid kit.
  • Leave No Trace: Respect the environment by carrying out all trash and minimizing your impact.
  • Stay Safe: Follow trail signs, stay on marked paths, and let someone know your plans.


As we celebrate the trails we currently enjoy, it's also exciting to look forward to future developments in our trail system.


Looking Forward: The Chadwick Flyer Trail

Image provided by Ozark Greenways.

The Chadwick Flyer Trail is a crucial link connecting Ozark and Springfield as part of a larger regional trail system. It highlights collaboration and celebrates the region's history while shaping its future. Currently, efforts are focused on completing around 12 miles of trail, with approximately 3.2 miles already constructed in four segments.


Originally a spur of the old St. Louis San Francisco Frisco Railroad, the Chadwick Flyer served as a lifeline for transporting timber and passengers between Springfield and Chadwick, known humorously for its leisurely pace. Today, the trail repurposes this historic route, fostering recreation, culture, and tourism while enhancing connectivity within the community. The Chadwick Flyer Trail is in the planning, development, and construction stages.


For more information, visit the Ozark Greenways page.


Happy Trails!