MetroBikeLink Trail

Trail Map

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This trail gets its name from the MetroLink Red Line train track it parallels through eastern Belleville and (briefly) the village of Swansea. It is a classic rail-with-trail configuration, where train and trail share the same corridor. There are four MetroLink stations along the route (Memorial, Swansea, Belleville, College), with plans to extend the trail to the next station on both ends of its present 7-mile length. The stations divide the trail into shorter segments for some trail users, also providing access and trail services to all.

The trail is mostly flat with gentle inclines. It goes by woods, farmland, a college campus, and city neighborhoods. It has very nice bridges over and under all the major street, highway and railroad crossings.

Just west of the Belleville station, the MetroBikeLink Trail is intersected by the picturesque Richland Creek Greenway Trail, which runs along the creek and through seven city parks in Belleville.

Parking and Trail Access

There is parking and trail access at all four MetroLink stations along the trail. To reach the largest station facility at Belleville: From I-64 take Exit 12 to State Route 159 South. Proceed 4 miles and turn left on N. Douglas Ave. Proceed 0.4 mile and turn left again onto Scheel Street. MetroLink parking is a block and a half ahead, at the end of the street.

Reviews

A Unique Ride along the MetroLink Rail Line

   May, 2013 by wilhelmggw

This was really an expensive trail to build--what with all the elaborate bridges and retaining systems on hillsides! Even now there's a section of trail closed for construction near the eastern terminus. They're building a bridge over Green Mount Road ...read more

So Far So Good!

   February, 2013 by mrscmll

We only had a little bit of time to walk as we caught one warm day in February. But we walked about a mile of the trail and loved it! I love that you walk next to the metro tracks, and that you cross over and under bridges! Will definately be using this ...read more