Running Trails in Missouri

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  • Arnold City Park Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Arnold City Park Trail follows former residential streets through a wooded area along the Meramec River in a southwestern suburb of St. Louis. It forms a loop that begins and ends at the gravel road at the northeastern corner of Arnold City ...
  • Bear Creek Trail (MO)

    State: MO
    Length: 4.8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Columbia’s Bear Creek Trail links two of the city's most popular community parks: the 533-acre Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area (popularly known as Cosmo Park) in the west and the 81.5-acre Albert-Oakland Park in the east. Between the parks, ...
  • Cape LaCroix Recreation Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 4.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

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  • Centennial Greenway

    State: MO
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Centennial Greenway will one day stretch 20 miles through St. Louis County from Creve Coeur County Park at its northern end to Forest Park at its southern tip. Currently, the trail is open in three segments, totaling 3.5 miles (north to south): S. ...
  • Columbia Bottom Trail - Missouri River Greenway

    State: MO
    Length: 4.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Caution: This trail was heavily damaged by flooding in June 2013 and is currently closed for repairs. Please contact the Missouri Department of Conservation at 314-877-6014 for updates on the status of the trail. For nearly 5 miles, the Columbia ...
  • County House Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    County House Trail is a 2-mile paved pathway in southwestern Columbia. The southern end of the trail connects to the scenic 8.9-mile MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, which in turn reaches the Katy Trail State Park, one of the longest rail-trails ...
  • Creve Coeur Park Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 7.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Travelers on the Creve Couer Park Trail will enjoy watching the sailboats and kayakers on the sparkling Creve Coeur Lake as they loop around the water. The flat paved trail continues through wooded areas and past the picturesque Dripping Springs ...
  • Frisco Greenway Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Frisco Greenway Trail runs along a portion of the former St. Louis–San Francisco Railway (the Frisco), which played an important role in the development of Joplin and Webb City. Jasper County railbanked the line upon its abandonment by Burlington ...
  • Frisco Highline Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 36 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The 36-mile Frisco Highline Trail connects Springfield to Bolivar, winding its way through Missouri farm country along an abandoned rail corridor. The 8-mile section from Springfield to the north end of Willard is paved. Continuing north toward ...
  • Galloway Creek Greenway

    State: MO
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The popular Galloway Creek Greenway runs through southeastern Springfield. It begins at Pershing Middle School and heads south paralleling Lone Pine Avenue. Although the trail has an urban feel, especially where it circumvents the busy US ...
  • Grant's Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Only 10 miles from the famed Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the 8-mile Grant's Trail is heavily used for recreation and commuting. The trail was named for the former President Ulysses S. Grant, and like the arch, is a monument to westward expansion—only ...
  • Harry Wiggins Trolley Track Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Harry Wiggins Trolley Track Trail, named for the departed state senator who persistently sponsored tax legislation for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), is one of the most popular trails in Kansas City, Missouri. The ...
  • Hinkson Creek Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 4.3 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Hinkson Creek Trail offers a beautiful, natural escape as it curves around southern and eastern Columbia. The crushed limestone trail stretches just over 4 miles, partly along the southern end of the University of Missouri campus. The trail ...
  • Hominy Creek Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Hominy Creek Trail is just over a mile between Green Valley Drive and Lansing Avenue in eastern Columbia. Along the way, the paved pathway follows its namesake tree-lined creek and passes under East Broadway. For additional recreational opportunities, ...
  • Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail

    State: KS, MO
    Length: 26 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail links two states, four communities and a multitude of parks along Indian Creek. The trail provides numerous connections to the surrounding areas, making it an excellent resource for members of the community for ...
  • Jefferson City Greenway Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 8.4 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Jefferson City Greenway Trail spans the capital of Missouri, east to west. The trail primarily follows Wears Creek, although one segment parallels W. Edgewood Drive, offering striking views of the blasted rock faces from an adjacent quarry. The ...
  • Katy Trail Spur (Jefferson City)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Katy Trail Spur, although short, provides a vital connection between the 238-mile Katy Trail State Park and the North Jefferson Recreation Area on the north bank of the Missouri River. The new park emerged from the ruins of Cedar City, ...
  • Katy Trail State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 237.7 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The Katy Trail State Park is one of the nation's longest rail-trail projects—nearly 238 miles of scenic trail built especially for walkers and cyclists and stretching from Clinton east to Machens, in St. Charles County. Equestrians are allowed ...
  • Legacy Park Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 5.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Inside of Lee's Summit's Community Park, the Legacy Park Trail is a family oriented destination with an abundance of activities available. Sitting on 692 acres, the park host many youth sports games, holds 3 shelters, a 22 acre lake, playgrounds, ...
  • Line Creek Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 6.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The paved Line Creek Trail follows a wooded creek from Kansas City's Platte Brooke North neighborhood through Frank Vaydik Park (formerly Line Creek Park). The trail provides many helpful connections, including a spur that leads to the Line ...
  • Little Blue Trace Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Little Blue Trace Trail follows the course of the Little Blue River for 11 miles through the Little Blue Trace Nature Reserve, stretching from Interstate 70 in the south to Blue Mills Road in the north. The park has picnic tables, shelters ...
  • MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 8.9 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone

    Once the site of a spur line of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad, the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail now whisks cyclists and pedestrians (instead of trains) between Columbia and the small town of McBaine. The City of Columbia had the foresight ...
  • McCoy Park to Mill Creek Park Connecting Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Although short, this paved half-mile trail provides connections to three parks, as well as a unique attraction in northern Independence. On the northern end of the trail sits Mill Creek Park, which has sports facilities, playgrounds, and picnic ...
  • McKinley Bridge Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL, MO
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The McKinley Bridge has a long and storied past. In 1910, it opened to both railroad and vehicular traffic. Railroad tracks ran through the strong center portion of the bridge under the trusses, and vehicles crossed on exterior lanes supported ...
  • Meramec Greenway Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 13.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Meramec Greenway Trail is planned to one day encompass 60 miles of pathway throughout St. Louis and west to Pacific, Missouri, connecting residents to the Meramec River, the city's parks and the area's natural treasures. Currently, four ...
  • Monarch Chesterfield Levee Trail - Missouri River Greenway

    State: MO
    Length: 10.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Caution: Due to the reconstruction of the Boone Bridge (I-64), the trail will be closed on each side of the bridge for approximately 1,000 feet through December 31, 2015. As its name implies, the Monarch Chesterfield Levee Trail was built ...
  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

    State: IL, MO
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge was part of the renowned Route 66 and crosses a scenic stretch of the Mississippi River. It links two states—Illinois and Missouri—north of St. Louis. The bridge is short and narrow, only 1 mile long by 24 feet ...
  • River Des Peres Greenway Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 5.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The River Des Peres Greenway Trail provides a flat, paved route along the River Des Peres Drainage Channel in southwestern St. Louis. Although this urban trail is seldom crowded, one of its drawbacks is that it follows the busy Des Peres Parkway, ...
  • Riverfront Heritage Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KS, MO
    Length: 15 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Riverfront Heritage Trail meanders through Kansas City on both sides of the Kansas–Missouri border. The 15-mile trail links historic neighborhoods, parks and the riverfront. It also serves as the hub of an expanding regional trail system ...
  • Riverwoods Trail - Missouri River Greenway

    State: MO
    Length: 1.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Although a relatively short route, the Riverwoods Trail offers plentiful scenic views of the Missouri River and historic St. Charles. The trail closely follows the river's shoreline through wetland forest. Begin your journey at the northern ...
  • Rock Creek Trail (MO)

    State: MO
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Rock Creek Trail links Country Club Park and Rotary Park on the west side of Independence. It offers nice views of the tree-lined creek that it follows and crosses several times. Between the parks, the trail is crushed stone; inside each ...
  • Rock Hollow Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Rock Hollow Trail offers a beautiful, wooded excursion in the City of Wildwood, just west of St. Louis. The paved 2.3-mile trail is built on what was once Lawler-Ford Road. A trailhead with parking is available at its northern end, adjacent ...
  • Ruby Jack Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 16 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The Ruby Jack Trail runs for 16 miles between Carthage, MO, and the Kansas state line. The trail links the towns of Carthage, Oronogo, and Carl Junction, traversing farmland, wetland, and woodland. As of early 2012, the trail was suited to mountain ...
  • Scott's Branch Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Although Scott's Branch Trail is short (just over a mile), it’s a beautiful gem in western Columbia, traversing both the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary and Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary. (Note that dogs are not permitted in these areas.) The ...
  • South Providence Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    South Providence Trail offers a straight north-south route paralleling its namesake roadway on the southern end of Columbia. As it’s adjacent to both Rock Bridge Elementary School and Rock Bridge High School, the trail offers a safe way for ...
  • St. Louis Riverfront Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 11.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The St. Louis Riverfront Trail follows the Mississippi River on the Missouri side, from Gateway Arch heading north to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, part of the legendary Route 66. The trail is distinctly urban—gritty even, in places—passing ...
  • St. Vincent Greenway Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 3.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The St. Vincent Greenway Trail winds through the north and south campuses of the University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL) before emerging into the lush woodlands of St. Vincent Park. The park offers a playground, athletic fields and a community ...
  • Sunset Greenway Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 3.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Sunset Greenway Trail begins near Sunset Park, on the banks of the Missouri River, and travels along a roadway through open space to beyond St. Ferdinand Park in Old Town Florissant. The village of Florissant was established in 1786 by the ...
  • Ted Jones Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Ted Jones Trail runs for 2.2 miles between the town of Ferguson and the University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL), where it joins with the St. Vincent Greenway on the west side of campus. From Ferguson south the trail runs roughly parallel ...
  • Truman Park/St. Stanislaus Trail - Missouri River Greenway

    State: MO
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This short, but beautiful trail, takes travelers from Truman Park's lake north to Aubuchon Creek through a lush wooded area. The park offers places to fish, play sports and picnic. Future plans include continuing the trail's northward course ...
  • Urban Trail (St. Joseph Trail System)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 16.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Urban Trail System in St. Joseph, MO, is a multi-use trail network that links the city from north to south, providing access for cyclists, walkers, joggers, inline skaters and wheelchair users. The trail includes greenways and uses bike-friendly ...
  • Wabash Trace Nature Trail Extension

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 25.6 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    From Southwest Iowa Nature Trails, Inc. website: The Wabash Trace Nature Trail is a converted railroad right-of-way running over 60 miles through the scenic Southwest Iowa countryside from Council Bluffs to Blanchard on the Iowa/Missouri ...
  • Wabash Walkway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 0.15 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Columbia’s Wabash Walkway travels a short distance northwest from the campus of Columbia College. While currently less than 0.5 mile long, plans are in the works to extend it farther northeast to Business Loop 70. The rail-with-trail parallels ...
  • Watkins Mill State Park

    State: MO
    Length: 3.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Watkins Mill State Park, located on the outskirts of Kansas City, is a forested area featuring a 100-acre lake. Here, whitetail deer, wild turkeys and other birds and wildlife are abundant. A walking and biking path circles the lake for nearly ...
  • West Alton Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The West Alton Trail occupies the right-of-way of an old railroad bed. It runs for 2 miles between St. Charles Street at US 67 in West Alton and the Lincoln-Shields Recreation Area at the Mississippi River near the William Clark bridge. The ...
  • Western Greenway - Hamilton Carr Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Hamilton Carr Trail begins off Woods Road in Rockwoods Reservation, a state forest and wildlife conservation area that offers hiking trails, picnic areas, caves and interesting rock formations. The trail continues south along State Route ...
  • Wildwood Greenway

    State: MO
    Length: 5.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Wildwood Greenway is an eight-foot-wide bicycle and pedestrian trail in Wildwood, a western suburb of St. Louis. It is part of a trail system offering twelve miles of asphalt trail throughout the city. Currently, the longest continuous segment ...