Columbia, MO Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
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County House Trail

2 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Hominy Creek Trail

1.2 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Katy Trail Spur (Jefferson City)

0.8 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone

Katy Trail State Park

238.7 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone, Gravel

MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

9.3 mi
State: MO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Scott's Branch Trail

1.6 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Jefferson City Greenway Trail

8.4 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Stinson Creek Trail

4.9 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Bear Creek Trail (MO)

4.8 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Hinkson Creek Trail

4.3 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone

South Providence Trail

1.7 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Wabash Walkway

0.15 mi
State: MO
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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...
MO 2 mi 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...
MO 1.2 mi Concrete
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...
MO 0.8 mi Crushed Stone
Overview At 239 miles long, Katy Trail State Park spans nearly the full width of Missouri and is the country’s longest continuous rail-trail, intersecting with rural farmland, scenic small towns,...
MO 238.7 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The MKT Nature and Fitness Trail spans just over 9 miles between the famed Katy Trail State Park, which stretches across Missouri, and Columbia. It gets its name from the former spur line of the...
MO 9.3 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
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...
MO 1.6 mi 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...
MO 8.4 mi Concrete
Stinson Creek Trails sits on the wooded banks of the watercourse that gave it its name. The popular Fulton, Missouri recreation path follows every bend and curve of the creek for nearly 5 miles. Aside...
MO 4.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Bear Creek Trail winds across the northern half of  Columbia, following Bear Creek for much of its nearly 5-mile route. Many portions of the trail traverse wooded areas, though the trail is never far...
MO 4.8 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
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...
MO 4.3 mi Crushed Stone
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...
MO 1.7 mi 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...
MO 0.15 mi Concrete

Recent Trail Reviews

Katy Trail State Park

dgjacobs55

July, 2024 by dgjacobs55

Rode from Sedalia to Hermann. Nice trail, mostly shaded. Most scenic section is around Rocheport. Sedalia to Boonville section has a slight elevation and goes on for a few miles. Most towns along the trail are small and there aren't many services (water, restrooms, etc.). Enjoyed riding the trail (marked it off my bucket list), but at times it became a little boring seeing nothing but trees and rocks. Like I said, it is very scenic, but 130 miles of the same scenery......

Katy Trail State Park

Nice Ride

June, 2024 by teresakwilliams

I rode the Katy trail from Clinton to St Charles in 5 days . I started before Mother’s Day and completed the ride after. What a lovely gift to myself. The trail is well maintained, easy to follow, and I always felt safe riding alone. The towns on the trail are very accepting of bicyclist . Make sure to refill your water bottles every chance you have, especially towards the end when closer to St Charles there are fewer fountains. I look forward to riding this again !

Katy Trail State Park

The Katy is Overrated

August, 2023 by kulp8899

Sure the Katy Trail is very long with some scenic parts but it is no GAP/C&O Canal Towpath. I rode every mile as part of my Astoria to Pittsburgh cross-country ride. Clinton to Boonville had interesting ups and downs but the surface needs a resurface all too much of the way, especially on slopes. Seems they use a different crushed limestone than they do in the east and it just doesn't compact as well. If you ride Boonville to Jefferson City, you've seen the best part. Jeff City to the eastern end is just more of the same for another 150 miles. Access to services was a problem, especially in the east although a do strongly recommend staying at Joey's Birdhouse in McKittrick. If you play the internet right, you can get a cheap room at the plush casino hotel in Boonville.

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Katy Trail State Park

One of the Benchmarks

July, 2023 by trob4cy

In my opinion this is really one of the benchmarks that other trails in the Midwest and nation should look towards when designing their own trails. Not everything on the KATY trail is perfect but when you combine the length of the trail with the services and available activities it is really hard to beat a few days riding the KATY trail. Not many trails in the nation are able to provide an experience like the KATY.

Monitor trail closures / conditions ahead of time and be sure to plan for gaps in water. You get spoiled thinking all trailheads will have water but some do not.

Katy Trail State Park

Great Trail in 2013 plan to ride again soon

May, 2023 by ericday

Did the entire length in October 2013 and are planning to go again soon.

Stinson Creek Trail

Has hills Nice views with cool bridges one of are first we did will try again when get better at bicycle

October, 2022 by jb.grows

Has hills Nice views with cool bridges one of are first we did will try again when get better at bicycle

Katy Trail State Park

Did it all!

October, 2022 by w7tk5jhvg5

We took the week and rode the whole thing. So much fun and very rewarding. There are a few places with ruts from rain and wear on the trail but plenty of crews out doing improvements and they are fairly well marked. Can’t wait to do it again.

Katy Trail State Park

Great Trail

October, 2022 by jfletc3233_tl

I rode from Frontier park in St Charles to Defiance and back and thoroughly enjoyed the Katy trail. The trail was well maintained overall with a few spots of looser gravel around construction near St Charles. The rest of the trail was hard packed and a great surface for riding. Had lunch at the Defiance Ridge Winery not far off the trail. There is a sign on the trail pointing you in the right direction. They had great food with lots of variety. Enjoyed the peacefulness of the trail and the glimpses of the Missouri River. There were quite a few people out on the trail on a Friday morning and early afternoon.

Katy Trail State Park

Out and Back from Rocheport

September, 2022 by bsnicholson63

Rode 15 miles east from Rocheport and then back for a total of 30 miles in Sept 2022. Weekday ride with a few other riders around. Trail is in great shape and very much worth the trip. Surprisingly my wife saw 5 snakes and I saw 1 along our out and back. All were small and hopefully harmless (we didn't stick around to find out).

Lunch at the Meriwether Cafe was nice for us too. All in all that section of the Katy Trail was worth the visit. We are east coasters and targeted this trail for our vacation.

Katy Trail State Park

long trail done right

September, 2022 by dan.allen.50552

We live 10 miles from the Clinton trailhead as such we ride it often. We have risen rails to trails in many states. Shot of being concrete one of the best. Crushed limestone is the next best and they do a fr job of maintenance. Come to Missouri and enjoy a great trail

Katy Trail State Park

nice trail

September, 2022 by dorshimer5

As a trucker I decided to get back into cycling and I’ve read and watched videos about this trail. Ran across it unintentionally and rode about 3 miles of it. Just a nice Amazing trail. To bad I don’t have time to ride more of it.

Katy Trail State Park

great ride

August, 2022 by elj317

rode entire trail in August heat!! used shuttle services in St. Charles and Jefferson City(red wheel bike shop) . worked out great!! Trail around St. Charles under repair after recent flooding but can get through it. Jefferson City to Boonville the nicest section. From Boonville to Sedalia it seemed uphill for the first 4 miles out of Boonville!! Because of the time of year, there were very few other bikers. Nice little stops along the way with information boards-lot of history. Great memories!!!

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