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







Trail Usage Poll Results October 2013

10/16/2013 21:31
Which trail do you use most? Frisco (32) Ruby Jack (33) Wildcat Glades (20) Other (0) Total votes: 85  

Cyclists tackle Route 66 to support Joplin Trails Coalition projects

10/14/2013 07:39
October 12, 2013 Cyclists tackle Route 66 to support Joplin Trails Coalition projects By Emily Younker From Joplin Globe staff reports JOPLIN, Mo. — A Saturday bicycle ride gave Donna Cole her first glimpses into a part of Americana that she hadn’t yet experienced, despite having been a cyclist...

Oronogo Parking Lot on D Highway.

10/10/2013 08:15
Oronogo Parking Lot update...We have heard from several people asking about the parking lot on D Highway in Oronogo near the school. The parking lot is now closed. This lot was never JTC property. Unfortunately the property owner no longer allows parking. There is a large parking lot a half mile...

Bicyclists gearing up for Mother Road ride on Saturday, Oct. 12

09/29/2013 20:29
From staff reports   The third annual Route 66 Mother Road Bicycle Tour is set for Saturday, Oct. 12, the day before the Mother Road Marathon. Like the marathon, the bike tour is the only one that travels through three states along Route 66, which is known as the Mother...

Route 66 Ride

09/29/2013 20:28   Rt 66 Bicycle Tour Ever ride your bike in three states in one day? You can do that in the third annual Route 66 Bicycle Tour. It will be held Saturday, October 12th. Braden Horst, president of the Joplin Trails Coalition, tells News...

Scouting Oct 12, 2013 Rest Stops....

09/25/2013 23:18

Ruby Jack Trail Video

09/18/2013 08:48
Trail Video now available.  Thanks to Bud Anderson.  The music is I Will Be There (When Your Train Comes in the Station) by Steve Forbert. The video was made by myself Bud Anderson and uploaded to my YouTube Channel Caveman...

Galena committee to consider bike/hike trail along Shoal Creek

08/13/2013 09:56
August 12, 2013 Galena committee to consider bike/hike trail along Shoal Creek Trail could possibly connect to Joplin By Andra Bryan Stefanoni GALENA, Kan. — A committee will meet for the first time today (Aug. 13) to discuss the possibility of creating a biking and...

Joplin Trails Coalition Meeting Aug 13, 2013

08/13/2013 09:56
We will hold a general membership meeting this Tuesday Aug 13 at Gooch Brothers located at 20th and Duquense, 630pm.  Please join us to hear news of the trails and to share your ideas and concerns.  See you there.

Aug 17, 2013 is the 12th annual Svitak Freedom Ride 10, 25, 40, 67, and 100 miles

08/01/2013 08:24
Philip Svitak was killed March 4, 2002 along with seven other American servicemen in Afghanistan. He was caught in what Pentagon officials describe as a fierce twelve-hour firefight after one of the two helicopters carrying them to a landing zone was shot down. The aftermath resulted in the war's...
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