This year there has been an unprecedented increase in trail usage, and certainly we are glad to have more people in the community enjoying the trails. While the trails are safe and have been so for more than 25 years, some incidents have occurred which prompted us to discuss with law enforcement, ways to make the trails safer. We’ve collaborated on the following trail safety tips, which are measures everyone can take, when on the trails and also when accessing the trails, to ensure a safe and enjoyable trail experience. We hope you will share these with your friends and neighbors, and continue to enjoy the trails, and support our efforts to make the trails even better.  


You can find a printable copy of these tips here:  Trail Safety Tips 


Joplin Trails Coalition 

Celebrating More Than 29 Years

Established in 1991, the Joplin Trails Coalition has been giving back to the local community for the past 29 years.  With your help we have completed 15 miles of trail.  We have 4.5 miles left to complete on the Ruby Jack Trail.  We want to thank everyone for their support over the past 29 years and hope you will continue supporting JTC for the next 29 years.



Joplin Trails Coalition


The Joplin Trails Coalition is a group dedicated to creating and maintaining walking and biking trails in and around the Joplin, Webb City, Carthage, Oronogo and Carl Junction Missouri.  We currently have two trail projects: the Frisco Greenway Trail that runs through Joplin and Webb City, and the Ruby Jack Trail that goes from Carthage, MO through Oronogo, Carl Junction, and on to the Kansas State Line. Both of these trails are "Rails To Trails" projects, meaning they are former railroads that have been converted to multi-use trails. The trails are created and maintained via the hard work of several volunteers and generous donations from individuals and businesses throughout the community. We invite you to come and explore the trails in person and to get involved with the trails by joining the Joplin Trails Coalition, volunteering on trail work days, and by supporting our annual Route 66 Mother Road Bicycle Tour and the Maple Leaf Tour. 

Enjoy these videos of the Ruby Jack.

Credits, I Will Be There (When Your Train Comes in the Station) by Steve Forbert. The video was made by Bud Anderson and uploaded to his YouTube Channel Caveman Outdoors.

Drone video courtesy of 6 S Air.  Advanced Imagery & Aerial Data







Carl Jct. Ruby Jack Phase 3

07/14/2015 17:22
Phase 3 of the Ruby Jack trail began construction in Summer 2015.  This 2 mile section is within Carl Jct.  This will give us 10 miles complete on the Ruby Jack with 6 miles left to go.   Financining by Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Joplin Trails Coalition and our...

Ruby Jack Trail Upgrades

08/18/2014 08:36


07/27/2014 11:03

Hiking, biking trail in Springfield to be upgraded

03/31/2014 08:07
March 27, 2014 Hiking, biking trail in Springfield to be upgraded From The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Twenty years after the Frisco Highline hiking and biking trail opened, supporters are discussing ways to renovate the 35-mile trail between Springfield and Bolivar. The trail, built...

Walnut Bottoms on Facebook

02/14/2014 07:02

Trail Run offers locals chance to see potential

02/14/2014 06:39
Just north of Carthage is a 27-acre area of potential. The floodplain where North Garrison Avenue forks with Spring River is known as Walnut Bottoms. The area is underdeveloped, and Brady Beckham is excited to host an event there in March to raise funds to develop a trail for mountain biking,...

A Note on Horses

01/28/2014 09:56
Horses are allowed on the Frisco and the Ruby Jack.  We ask that horses be walked.  Any speed above a walking speed effects the trail surface for the worst.  Please walk horses.

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12/30/2013 18:44

Work Day Dec 28th, 10am on the Frisco, St Louis and Zora

12/26/2013 09:21
The recent ice storm has left some fallen & dangling limbs along the Frisco Greenway Trail, mainly between St. Louis Ave and the Turkey Creek bridge.   For safety's sake, it would be a good idea to remove the debris & hazards pretty soon. Accordingly, a work session has been...

Update On Rail-Trails In Cherokee County

10/24/2013 06:39
Steve and Cathy Bolek of Baxter Springs are in the process of refining their proposal to develop a network of trails in Cherokee County. Phase I would now encompass creating a two-mile loop trail primarily using two abandoned rail corridors within Baxter Springs. It would also involve building a...
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