Coy Bald Trail at Hercules Glades Wilderness
Trailhead: Located at the end of Cross Timbers Road near Hilda, Missouri
Length: 6.7 miles
Get Wet: Take a dip in Long Creek Falls
Trail Details: Hikers who head out on this loop are faced with a decision just a few hundred yards in—there’s a fork in the trail, and a left turn shaves off some mileage to Long Creek Falls. But if you take the longer route, you’ll get to enjoy multiple creek crossings. You can also consider trekking a bit north of the trail to the pilots—the two highest mountains in Hercules Glades Wilderness that offer breathtaking views in all directions. Either option will direct you to the scenic falls. Once you arrive at the falls, you’ll find plenty of flat rocks to sit on and take in the view. Be sure to pack a swimsuit, sunscreen and some lunch!
Fulbright Spring Greenway in North Springfield
Trailhead: Located at Lost Hill Park on Farm Road 151
Length: 3.75 miles
Get Wet: Cross over the South Dry Sac River
Trail Details: The Fulbright Spring Greenway provides locals with an all-natural escape within the Springfield city limits. Start your adventure by exploring the many geological features at Lost Hill Park, then head to the trail to meander for a few miles on mixed asphalt and concrete terrain. Because this trail is mostly paved path, it is an appealing option for cyclists, but consider yourself warned. Those on two wheels should watch for slippery surfaces. The water crossing can be really slippery after a heavy rain. If you’re heading out on foot, bring along your water shoes, sunscreen and your favorite hiking buds.