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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...
The GM&O Heritage Trail maintains the legacy of the railroad that once ran through the municipality of Columbia. The right-of-way was first built by the Cairo & St. Louis Railroad, which by another...
The Meramec Greenway Trail is planned to one day encompass 50 miles throughout the St. Louis metro region, expanding as far west as Pacific, Missouri. The scenic route connects residents to the...
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The Mississippi Greenway is a growing multi-use trail in the St. Louis area that will eventually span 32 miles. Sometimes it’s referred to as the Mississippi River Trail or the Mississippi River...
This has got to be the most ridiculous trail around. It's broken up and spaced out so far you almost have to drive a vehicle to reach section. Not to mention hope short each section is. The 20+ mile trail distance is VERY misleading.
There is a MTB trail that begins at the top of the hill near the overlook. Not a great trail for a 1st time rider but good if you have been at it awhile. Goes from Blue to Black in some spots. There is also a nice 3 foot drop that can be done. Go only on dry days as this trail can get slick fast.
This is my new favorite trail. We'd done the Rock Hollow portion before, but had never ventured past it. The Al Foster Trail was beautiful and pretty much completely flat. It was fun to see the miniature trains full of people along the route as well. This trail is top on my list!
We enjoyed this trail very much! Unfortunately it was a 1/2 mile too short for what we needed, but lovely paths that go through shade, sunny spots, and nice views of the river. It was a gorgeous day and while the trail had lots of activity, it didn't feel crowded at all! PLENTY of benches about every 1/3 mile to rest and relax. An absolute treasure!
First ride on the trail, I believe was segment 2, exceeded our expectations. Second ride was just as enjoyable. The first ride was during the week with thoughts the trial would not be very busy. It wasn't so we were able to take it all in.
The second ride was on a late Saturday morning. We expected the trail to be busy it wasn't. I believe it may have to do with the length of the trails and all the many areas to pull off and take break to enjoy the views.
I'm sure we will put this trail on top of our list.
Today was my second ride on this trail. Love it, but the railroad crossing was kind of iffy my first time out. Today, I got to the crossing & apparently they are improving it because all of the wood is gone & I had to carry my bike over each individual rail. The mud from the flooding is dried up, too. Can't wait to see how they improve he railroad crossint.
first segment (Al Foster) trail is so gorgeous. perfect for lone bikers/walkers/runners and connects easily to Hamilton Carr trail at NW end and mid way roughly on western portion has the Rock Hollow trail. families...weekends in May-Oct the railroad runs [$4 donation] and is fun for kids. Trail is primarily gravel but is well maintained and is great for beginning bikers [even this 60+ new biker] and longtime bikers ...take the Stinging Nettle trail over to Castlewood to get some off road biking in. Excellent fun!!
We've traveled segment 2 from 141 to Simpson Lake and loved it. Will continue to go back. Kid friendly and very scenic.
This is a Arnold, MO hidden city gem. New areas have new black topped areas. Peaceful walk. Beautiful scenery. When a train goes buy take a rest and take some cool photos.
The 2-mile description is deceptive as that only covers the portion cut off to motor vehicles. There is a full, mile-marked 5K course although it does include roads within the park. Not much traffic though. Runs along the Meramec river and really nice scenery, peaceful and wooded if you like to be one with nature (unless a train comes through but that can be a nice change of pace as well). A small low-lying portion can be prone to flooding in the spring. There is also a shorter, separate paved trail within the main park area featuring a lake and adjacent to a disc-golf course (good for mulch-running if no players are present) and doggie park. I'm partial because it's near my home but I think this is a terrific park.
The total distance for this loop is 3.7 miles if you take the entire loop. The road behind the fences (cut off to vehicular traffic) is not maintained and can be rough in areas, and will have mud on the road after a significant rain. But it runs close to the Meramec river, so the scenery is great and the wildlife is abundant. There are also a number of unpaved old residential roads that can be traveled and explored. There is an active rail line that crosses one of the roads, the crossing is horrible, and you do need to watch for trains. The shared road is maintained and traffic is minimal. The road has a 15mph speed limit. For the area closest to the park where traffic is more frequent, paved lakeside trails are an alternative to the main road. This is my favorite trail.
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