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TrailSpring is building 66 miles of world-class trail on Historic Route 66.

And it’s minutes from downtown Springfield.

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This project is dedicated to creating an accessible, scalable, and sustainable trail system utilized by Springfield residents and tourists alike. TrailSpring has partnered with Progressive Trail Design to conceptually design natural surface trails in 6 green zones located in North Springfield, Missouri. These natural surface trails are designed for hiking, running, and biking. TrailSpring will work to gain access by soliciting conversations with land managers in hopes of reaching solutions that best suit all parties.

These efforts will result in over 60 miles of world-class natural surface trails, greenways, and shared use paths, creating one of the most unique and accessible mountain biking ecosystems in the country.

The Zones

Sac River

Sac River is a 300 acre Springfield-Greene County city park that offers over 8 miles of interconnecting single-track trail through the woods in northwest Springfield. Built by volunteers in 1996, it’s popular with mountain bikers from beginner to advanced, and for hiking.

Progressive Trail Design’s scope for Sac included a signage plan to help organize the trails and guide local riders and visitors alike. This signage plan is a blend of what TrailSpring has already been utilizing and what is being utilized as a standard throughout the OZ Trails in Northwest Arkansas.

8
Miles
3
Connections
300
Acres

Potential Upgrades

  • Restroom Facilities
  • Water and Bottle Fill Stations
  • Bike Fix-It Stations
  • Progressive Playground
  • Upgraded Flow Area

Ritter Springs

A 245-acre park in a rural setting, just northwest of Springfield city limits.Includes playground, picnic pavilion, trails, woods, lake, streams, sand volleyball court, archery range. Ritter Springs is accessible by Ozark Greenways’ Fulbright Spring Greenway trail, connecting Ritter Springs to the Sac River Mountain Bike trail and David C. Murray Park.

The park is well established with amenities such as: playground, restroom facility with running water, paved parking, pond and stream, existing natural surface trail for pedestrian traffic only, and a greenway trail that runs through the park. Without disturbing too many existing amenities the park has room for over 6 miles of new mountain bike optimized natural surface trail.

7
Miles
2
Connections
245
Acres

Potential Upgrades

  • 6 New Miles of Trail
  • Potential NICA Course
  • Bike Fix-It Stations
  • More Parking
  • Skills Course
  • Pumptrack

David C. Murray

David C. Murray Park, often referred to as Murray Park, is a newer park with little development currently on the site. Currently Murray Park serves as parking area for the greenway trail and for people that utilize the South Dry Sac and Little Sac Rivers.

The park is currently a blank slate with the exception of a small parking lot and greenway trail that runs through the park. It is a little over 20 acres in size. Murray Park has easy access to State Highway 13 with a parking lot located on North Farm Road 141. The South Dry Sac River and the Little Sac River meet at this location, which adds to the overall appeal of the park.

1
Mile
4
Connections
20
Acres

Potential Upgrades

  • Natural Playground
  • Skills Trail
  • Gateway Trail
  • Improved Parking
  • Restrooms & Water Stations
  • Bike Fix-It Stations
  • Hard Surface Pumptrack

Fulbright Park

There are several highlights of Fulbright Park. On the Fulbright West zone there is good side slope that will help in creating sustainable trail. There are also rock features to the south side of the zone that have potential for some technical and interesting features.

The Fulbright Knob is located in the Northeast. On the south end of the knob there is a bluff that views the water treatment facility, and offers access to the neighborhood to the east of the property.

The Fulbright East Zone has really unique areas on the hillside. The far north side of the property features a band of bedrock with potential for more technical trail to be placed above or below it. Moving to the south and uphill the hill are many sinkholes which could make for potentially interesting features. Lastly, the East Zone has very unique rock outcroppings that could be turned into fun and technical lines.

8
Miles
3
Connections
150
Acres

Potential Developments

  • Greenway Paths
  • Flow & Contour Trails
  • Restroom Facilities
  • Water and Bottle Stations
  • Bike Fix-It Station
  • Parking

Lost Hill Park

Lost Hill Park has several highlights. It is a natural resource area, meaning unless otherwise changed it is protected from significant impact to the natural ecosystems. Trails are often times regarded as passive because they do little damage to the ecosystems in which they travel, and allow trail users to experience and observe the nature around them.

Lost Hill has great access to the Fulbright Greenway that will connect all previously mentioned parks, and also continues east and to the south.

Lost Hill also has good topography in several places across the park. On the south side of the park there are bluffs that have exciting rock features with potential for advanced alternate lines in the otherwise easy to intermediate trails.

4
Miles
2
Connections
60
Acres

Potential Upgrades

  • Beginner Climb & Downhill Trail
  • Intermediate & Advanced Technical Lines
  • Gateway Connectors
  • Restroom Facilities
  • Water and Bottle Fill Stations
  • Bike Fix-It Stations

McDaniel Lake

Lakes and trails go really well together. The lake and surrounding wooded hills create gorgeous views that mountain bikers and hikers would both appreciate. McDaniel Lake feels like it is in the backcountry or miles from nowhere; however it is located just north of a very large population density.

McDaniel Lake has the potential to be a short, backcountry experience while being close to town. The hills around the lake have decent side slope to be able to bench in a trail. The trails at this location, while being contour flow trails, will feel more like “old school singletrack”. The trails will be narrow and vary in difficulty. Initial concepts have much of the trail intermediate in difficulty with a few being more advanced. Easier trails on the lower portions of topography are possible as well.

11
Miles
2
Connections
300
Acres

Potential Developments

  • Trailhead & Parking Area
  • Safe Shared Roadways
  • Shared Use Connections
  • Restroom Facilities
  • Water and Bottle Fill Stations
  • Bike Fix-It Stations

Fellows Lake

Fellows Lake boasts many highlights. The lake is approximately 860-acres in size, with hundreds of acres of surrounding land. The land around the lake is primarily wooded, with the occasional meadow bluff overlooks.

One major asset to park is the marina and store that is also located on the north side of the lake. This has some new business potential when the trails are built. Currently it is used as a bait shop and boat rental outlet.

There are several zones that will have trail segments that will connect together.

While the land directly around the lake is owned by City Utilities, the City of Springfield owns additional adjoining land that is located on the east side of Highway 65. This additional land will increase the potential mileage and help in making the lake a true mountain biking destination.

The south side of lake is where the bulk of the miles will be located. This area provides rolling topography with bluff lines and scenic views of the lake. The “fingers” or points in this area are ideal for contour flow trail. There are already a few picnic areas, pavilions, and parking areas that will act as trailheads and/or parking areas.

35
Miles
2
Connections
860
Acres

Potential Developments

  • Trailhead & Parking Area
  • Safe Shared Roadways
  • Shared Use Connections
  • Restroom Facilities
  • Water and Bottle Fill Stations
  • Bike Fix-It Stations

Guiding Principles

Dirt 66 seeks to spur on an outdoor renaissance in Springfield, bringing with it tourism, infrastructure, and quality of life improvements.

Retention & Attraction

Many young professionals are deciding where they want to live first and then finding a job once they get there. These young professionals seek urban walkable environments and communities that have unique natural amenities, such as the proposed Dirt 66. We wish to create amenities that help attract new talent while retaining the existing talent. Stop the brain drain!

Family Focus

Families often look for ways to get active and stay healthy. Rather than having a parent standing on the sideline of a soccer game, trails allow families to engage in a fun activity together. Shade structures, picnic tables, and other amenities also expand the versatility of trails, as one parent can ride a more advanced trail while the family spends time at a central place in one of the zones.

Progression

By design, Dirt 66 is a comprehensive trail system offering riders of all skill levels a fun and engaging experience. We offer a variety of trail types and difficulty levels, allowing a rider to progress in skill level from beginner to advanced trail.

Diverse Trails & Amenities

Dirt 66 isn’t designed for just hardcore shredders, nor does it pull its punches. This is a complete and inclusive trail system designed around a variety of trail types. From greenway and gateway trails to contour flow trails and technical downhill lines.

Mellow when it matters, steep when it’s sensible, Dirt 66 will have something for everyone.

Connectivity

Designing trails in 6 separate zones is great. Connecting those 6 zones through greenways and other bicycle infrastructure to create a continuous natural surface mega park minutes from downtown Springfield is even greater. One of the most important guiding principles for this project is building a connected system. Like any good candy bar, enjoy it in pieces, or bite off the whole thing and get siiick!

Mileage

We desire to maximize the available mileage not just for mileage’s sake, but to create a destination that people can come to ride and stay over a series of days. Available mileage is something people consider when choosing a system to ride.

Sustainability

The goal of any bike park, or trail system is to make it sustainable. This is achieved in many ways. The first is through proper design. When designing Progressive Trail Design is constantly thinking about where the water is going to go, and how to properly drain the trails to prevent erosion.

This brings us to the second way of achieving sustainable trail; modern machine built trail. Development of Dirt 66 will see the utilization of machines such as the Sutter 300 Trail Dozer, mini-excavators, powered wheelbarrows, plate compactors, and many hand tools. The use of the heavy equipment makes the build more efficient, and proper drains can be built. These machines will be used to create trails with slopes, grades and undulations that allow water to run over and permeate through and around the rock instead of on soil.

The final approach to sustainable trail design is through the selective methods in which it’s constructed. Depending on the condition of the terrain or the intended goal of the trail itself, some areas of Dirt 66 will not see machines used for development and instead employ the use of hand tools. This type of trail takes longer, but can also be some of the most rewarding trail to build and ride.

Dirt 66 will be developed with these principles in mind and will result in an experience that is sustainable, safer, lower maintenance, and ultimately more enjoyable.

TrailSpring, the team behind Two Rivers Bike Park, is about connecting all people with the incredible terrain of the Ozarks. Whether your thing is mountain biking, running, hiking, or walking, we’re building multi-use trails focused on that connection.

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As a nonprofit, TrailSpring relies on donors and grants to help develop awesome trail. And you like awesome trail, right?

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As Dirt 66 begins development, our need for enthusiastic volunteers willing to sling dirt will grow exponentially. Fill out this form and add your name to the ranks!