The MKT Trail was formerly a spurline of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT). Its abandonment occurred in 1978 at which time the City of Columbia applied for and received a National Rails-to-Trails conversion grant to develop the rail corridor into a pedestrian hiking and biking trail. The topography is uniform in grade as it slopes from Columbia, southwest to the Missouri River bottoms, where it intersects with the Missouri State Parks' - Katy Trail. The Katy Trail, which was the former MKT mainline, is now a Missouri State Park and represents one of the longest Rails-to-Trails conversion projects in the nation. It crosses Missouri from east to west and connects the St. Louis metropolitan area with the western portion of the state just east of Kansas City. The trail landscape is very representative of the natural streams and woodlands found in Central Missouri and offers a wide variety of flora, fauna, and wildlife experiences for trail users. One of the more unique features located near the intersection of the MKT and Katy Trails is the 4,100 acre Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area.
Parking and Trail Access
No parking fees. Trail accesses are listed and shown on map on website.
Good Urban Trail
The MKT is a really good, relatively flat and shaded trail running from downtown Colimbia to the Missouri River. This is a favorite for runners, walkers and bikers. The trail is crushed stone and is in generally very good condition although it can flood ...
Good urban/suburban trail
Suggest that you park downtown at the lot near the corner of Elm and Providence. It is a small lot but designed for biker/hiker use. There wasn't a map at the parking lot, so it can be confusing, which way to go, but facing the trail from the parking ...
Where to eat in Columbia
"If you are staying the evening in Columbia, be sure to check out the Flat Branch Brewing Co. and Eatery. It is on 5th Street, exactly five blocks east and a bit north of where the MKT drops you off (Providence and Stewart). While there you can check ...