The TrailSpring Story
TrailSpring is a not-for-profit organization with a story that has all the makings of a classic: Inspirational goals. Serious passion. Unwavering commitment. And hard-working characters worth getting invested in—namely, you and your neighbors. It’s also the story of improving the health and economic wellness of the Springfield, MO area while shredding paths to fun and friendships along the way. In short, it’s the story of multi-use, natural-surface trails and the endless benefits TrailSpring’s singletracks are bringing to communities in southwest Missouri.
Together with many dedicated volunteers and economic supporters, TrailSpring is well on our way to establishing Springfield as a premier regional destination for trails and bicycling. Seemingly sculpted with mountain biking and hiking in mind, we’re leveraging the Ozarks terrain to increase tourism, relocation appeal, physical health, and economic prosperity in Springfield and the surrounding areas. By continuing to build new natural-surface singletrack trails, including Two Rivers Bike Park, TrailSpring and our partners will make Springfield an event-ready destination for race, trail, and cultural events.
The TrailSpring Mission
TrailSpring is on a mission to improve the physical health and activity level of people in the Springfield area by creating and maintaining a network of multi-use trails, which will also increase the economic vitality of the region. In the process, we will demonstrate the economic benefit of this trail network and engage the local business community in order to support and perpetuate the trail system. These trails will sustainably enhance the attractiveness of the area as well as the health and well-being of the community, its residents, and its visitors.
30 in 3
TrailSpring’s ambitious yet attainable 30 in 3 plan involves constructing 30 miles of professionally designed and built singletrack within the next 3 years. The entire project will require absolutely no tax increases for area residents. Instead, TrailSpring will gain funding for 30 in 3 through personal and corporate donations and grants. Volunteer efforts from members of the trail community will build the human-powered trails.
Among our progress to date, TrailSpring has secured the services and creative vision of Progressive Trail Design, the renowned trail designers behind many of the most innovative bike parks in the nation. We’ve also partnered with Midwest Off-Road Cyclists (MORC) for a trail tool collection effort that has resulted in hand tools for 20 volunteers. The tools include protective gear, a chainsaw, a pole saw, a blower pack, and trimmers. TrailSpring has also landed more than $4,500 to begin work on the SAC River Pavilion.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Feasibility Study TrailSpring funded and oversaw resulted in clear-cut evidence that constructing our system of singletrack trails is not only feasible; it will prove vital to the local economy. Finally, TrailSpring is thrilled that Two Rivers Bike Park is currently open to all bicyclists, hikers, and runners. Featuring 8.5 miles of singletrack, Two Rivers is already drawing visitors—and the money they spend—to the Springfield area regularly.