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Arnold City Park Trail

2 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Busch Greenway

4.8 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Dardenne Greenway Trail

8 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Fee Fee Greenway

2.8 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

GM&O Heritage Trail

1.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Grant's Trail

12.14 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Katy Trail State Park

239.6 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Lakeside Park Trail

7 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

MCT Goshen Trail

19.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

MCT Nature Trail

14.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

MCT Nickel Plate Trail

28.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

MCT Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail

12.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

MCT Schoolhouse Trail

15.5 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

MCT Watershed Trail

1.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

McKinley Bridge Bikeway

1.2 mi
State: IL, MO
Concrete

MetroBikeLink Trail

14 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Mississippi Greenway

8.3 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Monarch-Chesterfield Levee Trail

10.7 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

1 mi
State: IL, MO
Concrete
Accordion

Rock Hollow Trail

2.3 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

St. Vincent Greenway Trail

5.5 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Wildwood Greenway

5.7 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Boschert Greenway

4.1 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Creve Coeur Park Trails

7.7 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Deer Creek Greenway

2.1 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Delyte W. Morris Trail

2.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Earth City Levee Trail

3 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

MCT Bluff Trail

2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

MCT Quercus Grove Trail

18.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Meramec Greenway Trail

20.2 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Richland Creek Greenway Trail

3.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

River Des Peres Greenway Trail

9.2 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

St. Louis Riverfront Trail

12.2 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Ted Jones Trail

2.2 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Hesse Trail

0.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

MCT Confluence Trail

18.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Gravel

Metro-East Levee Trail

7.6 mi
State: IL
Gravel

Sunset Greenway Trail

3.9 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Centennial Greenway

7.3 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Eagle Points Trail

7.2 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

West Alton Trail

1.1 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone

Bethalto Arboretum Trail

0.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Carondelet Connector

1 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Cottage Hills Trail

1.1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Maline Greenway

1.6 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

St. Ellen Trail

1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Trestle Trail (Lebanon)

0.3 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone

Veteran's Honor Trail

5.1 mi
State: IL
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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...
MO 2 mi Asphalt
Spanning nearly five miles, the Busch Greenway provides an important connector between Missouri’s famed Katy Trail, the August A. Busch Conservation Area, and Missouri Research Park in western St....
MO 4.8 mi Asphalt
The Dardenne Greenway Trail follows Dardenne Creek as it makes its way through St. Charles County on its way to the mighty Mississippi. The trail, which currently passes through several suburban St....
MO 8 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Fee Fee Greenway provides a scenic and peaceful escape into nature along Fee Fee Creek, while making connections to local and regional recreation destinations. The trail paved is anchored by the...
MO 2.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
IL 1.7 mi Asphalt
Honoring former President Ulysses S. Grant, this flat  and relaxed 12-mile trail is easily accessible from downtown St. Louis. Grant’s Trail is well maintained with plentiful restrooms and drinking...
MO 12.14 mi Asphalt
At nearly 240 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, and...
MO 239.6 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
While exploring the seven mile Lakeside Park Trail you are treated to views of the 140 acre lake at Lakeside Park. Lakeside Park Trail's asphalt and concrete surfaces are ideal for biking, walking,...
MO 7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Madison County Transit (MCT) Goshen Trail is a namesake of the old Goshen Road that was built in 1808 to supply salt to the first permanent settlers of Madison County. The modern bike trail...
IL 19.5 mi Asphalt
The Madison County Transit (MCT) Nature Trail goes through richly varied surroundings of city, farm and wood. In the west, it begins at beautiful Wilson Park in Granite City. From there, it makes its...
IL 14.4 mi Asphalt
The Madison County Transit (MCT) Nickel Plate Trail is the longest of the county’s trails and perhaps the most diverse in its offerings. On the west, it begins at a junction with the MCT Nature Trail,...
IL 28.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
You can make connections all over the countryside from the Madison County Transit (MCT) Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail. The paved path travels 12.2 miles between the villages of Glen Carbon and...
IL 12.2 mi Asphalt
The Madison County Transit (MCT) Schoolhouse Trail offers a 15.5-mile flat, paved route through the eastern suburbs of greater St. Louis, Missouri, between Madison and Maryville, Illinois. Along the...
IL 15.5 mi Asphalt
The Madison Count Transit (MCT) Watershed Trail is all about trains, bridges and waterways. It follows an abandoned rail corridor built in 1868, the first to serve the city of Edwardsville, itself the...
IL 1.3 mi Asphalt
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...
IL, MO 1.2 mi Concrete
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...
IL 14 mi Asphalt
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...
MO 8.3 mi Asphalt
The Greater St. Louis area is dominated by the “Great Rivers.” While the Mississippi River gets most of the attention, the Missouri River is not one to be taken for granted. An emerging trail system...
MO 10.7 mi Asphalt
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...
IL, MO 1 mi Concrete
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...
MO 1.7 mi Asphalt
Accordion
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...
MO 2.3 mi Asphalt
Completed in 2020, the Saint Clair County Transit District's Orchard Loop Trail is a gorgeous, smooth asphalt pathway that traverses the rolling hills on the suburban outskirts of Belleville. The...
IL 4 mi Asphalt
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...
MO 5.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
MO 0.6 mi 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...
MO 5.7 mi Asphalt
The Boschert Greenway is a paved hike-and-bike trail located in St. Charles, Missouri. The greenway provides an eight-mile journey out-and-back, while connecting to other recreation destinations. The...
MO 4.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Creve Coeur Park Trails are a collection of paved pathways winding through wetland and wooded areas within St. Louis County’s first and largest park, which spans more than 2,000 acres. (When the...
MO 7.7 mi Asphalt
This trail extends from Lorraine Davis Park in Webster Groves through Barnickel Park and Deer Creek Park to Deer Creek Shopping Center at Big Bend Avenue in Maplewood. Most of the trail is separated...
MO 2.1 mi Asphalt
The Delyte W. Morris Trail lies entirely on the campus of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE). It is named for the university's president at the Carbondale campus in the 1960s who helped...
IL 2.4 mi Asphalt
Earth City Levee Trail, which opened in June 2015, is part of a growing trail network called the Missouri River Greenway. It connects directly with the Riverwoods Trail in Bridgeton, forming a paved...
MO 3 mi Asphalt
The MCT Bluff Trail is the shortest trail in the Madison County network, but it highlights a feature of regional topography which can be evidenced on several other trails. The American Bottom is a...
IL 2 mi Asphalt
The MCT Quercus Grove Trail begins in Edwardsville at its junction with the MCT Nickel Plate Trail. It begins on city sidewalks and alleys near Edwardsville's historic downtown area and very quickly...
IL 18.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
MO 20.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
This trail along Richland Creek is in two discontiguous sections that must be accessed separately. The northern section goes by the thick and quiet woods of Centennial Park, where there are also very...
IL 3.8 mi 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...
MO 9.2 mi Asphalt
Closure Notice: Please be advised that the Riverfront Trail is currently subject to intermittent closures and disruptions due to construction; please see the Great Rivers Greenway site for the latest...
MO 12.2 mi 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...
MO 2.2 mi 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....
MO 1.5 mi Asphalt
Hesse Trail connects two neighborhoods and a park in the city of O'Fallon with plans to extend and connect it to other trails in the large Metro-East area. It is a short, completely tree-covered...
IL 0.7 mi Asphalt
Bring your camera to the MCT Confluence Trail. Part of Illinois' Madison County Transit (MCT) bikeways network, this trail is a photographic patchwork of rivers, bridges, waterfront wildlife and...
IL 18.7 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Metro-East Levee Trail offers a semicircle route around Cahokia, which lies south of St. Louis and east of the Mississippi River. It parallels a canal and sits atop a levee that is 30 feet high at...
IL 7.6 mi Gravel
Sandwiched between towering limestone bluffs and the confluence of two mighty rivers, the Sam Vadalabene Great River Road Bike Trail offers scenery once enjoyed by riverboat captains. Today, you can...
IL 20.6 mi 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...
MO 3.9 mi Asphalt
Centennial Greenway will one day stretch 17 miles from Forest Park in the City of St. Louis through Creve Coeur County Park to St. Charles County. Currently, the trail is open in three segments,...
MO 7.3 mi Concrete
Caution: While construction continues on the new I-270 bridge over the Mississippi River, be alert for trail restrictions or closings north of the parking lot access. The trail will remain open from...
IL 7.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The West Alton Trail occupies the right-of-way of an old railroad bed. The crushed-stone trail runs for 2 miles between US 67 in West Alton and the Lincoln-Shields Recreation Area at the Mississippi...
MO 1.1 mi Crushed Stone
The trail is a popular local recreation spot. The trail first winds through the Bethalto Arboretum, about a half-mile, shaded stroll through stands of oak, maple and over 80 other tree species. The...
IL 0.9 mi Asphalt
This mile long concrete trail connects two favorite recreation spots in southeast St. Louis. At one end sits Carondelet Park is the city's third largest park, and is 180-acres of beautifully...
MO 1 mi Concrete
This paved path, also known as the Wood River Township Multi-Use Trail, runs along a former railroad corridor between the communities of Cottage Hills and Rosewood Heights. The trail heads east from S...
IL 1.1 mi Asphalt
Maline Greenway is an east-west shared use trail in St. Louis, Missouri. The planned length of the trail in 7 miles and will join Mississippi Greenway to the St. Vincent Greenway. In the summer of...
MO 1.6 mi Asphalt
Th St. Ellen is a mile-long paved recreational trail in O'Fallon, Illinois. The trail connects residents of the nearby neighborhoods to local schools as well as the St. Ellen Mine Park, a former coal...
IL 1 mi Asphalt
Named for the former Baltimore & Ohio (CSX) railroad bridge it passes under, the Trestle Trail provides a quiet short passage through the woods along Little Silver Creek on southeastern edge of the...
IL 0.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Veteran's Honor Trail is an asphalt trail that forms an incomplete ring around the community of Highland, Madison County. The paved trail provides a safe and enjoyable walking and biking route...
IL 5.1 mi Asphalt

Recent Trail Reviews

MCT Confluence Trail

Acceptable Surface, Industrial Views

October, 2023 by kevinkaren

I rode this trail in late 2023 from Russell Commons in Alton to Chain of Rocks bridge. The surface is old but well-maintained. A lot of filled cracks along the asphalt portion, views of the industrial use of the river (barge facilities, chemical plant), and several places where the trail comes down from the levee top and crosses a road, then climbs back up. I didn't find these hills to be particularly steep (and they're always short). The chip-and-seal surface of the next part of the trail could use fewer chips and more seal, although it was perfectly flat and smooth.

I left the trail at Chain of Rocks bridge, and did not ride the remaining 5 miles. The detailed MCT map shows after a few more miles it changes briefly to stone, then is paved & alongside city streets to its end.

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Open as of late October 2023

October, 2023 by kevinkaren

Construction at the Missouri end of the bridge has led to some closures. There is a new park and trailhead facility being built in 2024; I haven't seen what the plans are to keep the bridge and connecting trail open during that phase. Parking on the Illinois side is plentiful.

This was a very nice addition to a ride along the levee in Illinois when I first rode across it around 2012. A decade later the displays are showing their age though the information on them is still readable and worthwhile, as is a ride along the original Route 66 surface that's almost 90 years old!

St. Louis Riverfront Trail

Worthwhile

October, 2023 by kevinkaren

I rode from Alton, IL along the Confluence Trail, across Chain of Rocks Bridge (pedestrians and bikes only), then the full length of the St. Louis Riverfront trail to Gateway Arch and a little beyond. This made a very pleasant 55 mile round-trip.

The trail surface is generally quite good, but as an urban trail I preferred to mount my road bike with the wider tires I use on stone trails (I was also passed by fast riders on narrow tires). A new trailhead is being developed at the north end in 2024, but just a mile or so down the trail there are city parks with full facilities. As I continued south the landscape became more commercial and industrial (barge facilities, railroad terminal, auto graveyard). Rather than detracting from the ride I found it interesting to see what activities still remain from the Mississippi's heyday as a working river. Throughout this section the trail runs along the levee- on top, or along either side of it. There are a few "rest stop" facilities along this stretch, and painted arrows with an arch symbol reminded me of my destination.

Towards the south end the trail came to an abrupt end between 2 brick buildings. A one-block ride next to the building and through 2 open gates in a chain-link fence brought me onto a recognizable trail again. A long-term project has closed the trail from here to the Eads Bridge, but the detour is simple (go 1 block west and take the cobblestone street). The trail resumes at Gateway Arch National Park as a wide path along the river and past the statue of Lewis and Clark (and Seaman the dog), who are looking west through the Arch toward the vast new U.S. territory they have just returned from exploring.

The trail continues about a half mile further south, then ends with a flourish.

Accordion

Columbia Bottom Trail - Missouri River Greenway

still not open

October, 2023 by suejwebbwill71

Trail is almost completely overgrown now. All access to confluence was closed. Too bad.

Sam Vadalabene Great River Road Bike Trail

Not That Bad

October, 2023 by 4x9c6qc6yf

I rode this trail from Elsah to Pere Marquette. Several reviews say the paving is in bad shape. There are a few bumps that you would want to lift up off the seat, but they are not that bad. Going on and off some of the bridges are also a little rough. The scenery is great. Watch out for walnuts on the trail in the fall.

Creve Coeur Park Trails

Great walk/jog some areas along lake are shaded by trees. Good paved easy trail.

August, 2023 by bobbi01

Great walk/jog some areas along lake are shaded by trees. Good paved easy trail.

MCT Nature Trail

It is a lovely trail. Nicely maintained and easily walkable on a nice day. Good views right next to the golf course, and a few creeks to view over bridges.

August, 2023 by austin.crook1196

It is a lovely trail. Nicely maintained and easily walkable on a nice day. Good views right next to the golf course, and a few creeks to view over bridges.

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.

Earth City Levee Trail

Great trail with kids

July, 2023 by kaycee17

My Grandson and I had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon on this trail. First we went towards the river, only to find a washed out dead end. So we went to the other end of parking lot and rode along the levee, into the shaded forest to the washed out dead end from the “other” side. Turned around and enjoyed every bit of the trail back to parking lot.

St. Louis Riverfront Trail

Do NOT ride the southern part of this trail.

July, 2023 by ms_is_best

Here is a summary of the southern part of this trail from my wife to a friend: “Well I would NOT recommend the bike trail …… took me on next to the river. It smelled like human excrement, couldn’t see the river because of flood walls, felt extremely unsafe, got a flat tire, it was hot as hell, and may lead to a divorce.” Needless to say, I would not recommend it. The city or park district (or someone) should either close it or improve the conditions/safety and remove the glass and metal shards from the path.

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.

Fee Fee Greenway

My Favorite

July, 2023 by bargemun

I love riding this trail with my husband! It is super smooth and paved the entire way—also very quiet. Very few people are riding or walking and there is always lovely wildlife to see. We ride it to and around Creve Coeur Park and back to the water park—if I lived closer to it I would ride it every day.

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