The Backyard Playground to Springfield
A community that plays together, stays together! Willard has proven this with all of the outdoor attractions we have. Check out some of our favorites:
The scenic Frisco Highline Trail is 35 miles long, from Springfield to Bolivar, Missouri. In 1948, Harry Truman rode the 35 miles from Springfield to Bolivar and back in his private railroad car, warming up for his famous “Whistlestop” campaign that would get him re-elected as President that November. The tracks are gone now, the old stations have been torn down, and the wail of the steam whistle has been replaced by silence and bird songs.
1999 – The first section of the Frisco Highline Trail, 10 miles from Willard to Walnut Grove, completed and officially opened on National Trails Day.
2003 – The Springfield to Willard link of the trail is officially opened to the public.
Directions to Willard Trailhead from Springfield:
From Sprngfield, go north on US-160 (West Bypass) to Willard. Exit east (right) to the downtown business district on Jackson St. Trail parking is available at the paved trailhead next to Willard Middle School on Jackson Street.
Restroom/Water: Yes, right by the trailhead in the red building housing Century 21. The bathroom is accessible from the outside. There is a convenience store at mile marker 5.5, and also between mile marker 8-9 at the junction of highways 160 and 123.
Directions: From Willard, take Route Z north 6.5 miles, then Route BB east (right) 2 miles, then Farm Road 115 south (right) 0.80 miles to area.
This area is mostly forested with upland woodland, savanna, bottomland forest, and glade communities. Facilities/features: primitive camping and a permanent stream (Little Sac River). Approximately 90 percent of the area is forested. Non-forested areas are composed of old fields and wildlife food plots. Several small ponds provide wildlife watering holes and very limited fishing opportunities.
4897 N. Farm Road 61 Ash Grove, MO. Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is designed to help you become a sharper, safer hunter or outdoors person. Come to shoot targets or attend one of their many outdoor skills programs. They have Specialists and trained volunteers that can help you or your group master rearms and archery, as well as map and compass, wildlife identication and many other outdoor skills.
Directions: From Willard, take Route O east, then Farm Road 105 north.
This 281-acre area in Greene County contains forest, glades, and old fields and is located within the boundaries of the largest Mississippian limestone glade ecosystem in the region. The limestone glade community is characterized by thin, rapidly drained soils, interspersed with rock fragments and dissected by horizontal layers of exposed limestone bedrock. Dry conditions prevail during summer and fall, but extended wet periods occur during winter and spring.
We are grateful for the partnership we have with the Willard Parks and Recreation Center. We work hand-in-hand in so many events and opportunities.
The WAC is fully equipped with two 139′ twisting slides, two diving boards, and multiple water features. Enjoy our exciting water features during the hot summer days! Sign up for Swim Lessons, Party Pad rentals, Aqua Fitness Programs, Aquatics Rentals, Swim Team, and more.
Miller Farm Park
Look for more information in 2019 on the development of the Miller Farm Park!
Jackson Street Park
Little known fact: Over 10 years ago a Northern Oak tree sapling from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Plantation was given to Lucille Murray (she serves on the City’s Planning and Zoning Committee and the Tree Board) and planted at the Jackson Street Park. It now stands over 20 feet tall and serves as a wonderful shade tree.