Art Along the Trails

There are a handful of trails in and near Springfield where you can spy art out in the wild while you’re getting your steps in.

by Katie Pollock Estes

Apr 2024

Outdoor art on cycling trail in southwest Missouri.
Photo courtesy Ozark GreenwaysThe Frisco Highline Trail is part of Ozark Greenways’ Sculpture Cruise and features the sculpture Whaley’s Ride.

Galloway Creek Greenway

Park your car at the trailhead across the road from Pershing Middle School, and start your trek south toward Sequiota Park. Along the way, you’ll see a couple outdoor sculptures. The first is a metal bicycle located where the greenway trail passes St. James Episcopal Church, just before it crosses Southern Hills Boulevard. The second is a larger-than-life sculpture of a wheelchair just south of where the trail crosses Covington Avenue.

Frisco Highline Trail

The art along this trail is part of Ozark Greenways’ Sculpture Cruise. Hop on your bike to find several permanent works of art, including a group of five riders on colorful bikes that look like they are getting ready to join you along the trail!

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

If you’re up for a road trip, head down to Bentonville, Arkansas, and visit Crystal Bridges. The museum is surrounded by 4 miles of nature trails, all peppered with impressive works of art. The super-easy ½-mile Art Trail is a great one to start with if you want to quickly spot several sculptures.