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Explore the best rated trails in Missouri, whether you're looking an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Frisco Highline Trail and Katy Trail State Park. With more than 67 trails covering 653 miles you’re bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

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Length
Surfaces
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Arnold City Park Trail

2 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Bear Creek Trail (MO)

4.8 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone

Blue River Parkway Trail

3.6 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Busch Greenway

4.8 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Cape LaCroix Recreation Trail

4.4 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion

Centennial Greenway

3.5 mi
State: MO
Concrete

County House Trail

2 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Creve Coeur Park Trails

7.7 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Earth City Levee Trail

3 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Fassnight Creek Greenway

1.2 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Frisco Greenway Trail

4 mi
State: MO
Gravel

Frisco Highline Trail

36 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Fulbright Spring Greenway

3 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Galloway Creek Greenway

5 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Grant's Trail

8 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Harry Wiggins Trolley Track Trail

6 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Hinkson Creek Trail

4.3 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone

Hominy Creek Trail

1.2 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail

26 mi
State: KS, MO
Asphalt, Concrete

James River Greenway

1.7 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Jefferson City Greenway Trail

8.4 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Jordan Creek Greenway

3 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Katy Trail Spur (Jefferson City)

0.8 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone

Katy Trail State Park

239.6 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Lakeside Park Trail

7 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Legacy Park Trail

5.6 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Line Creek Trail

7.5 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Little Blue Trace Trail

15 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone

MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

8.9 mi
State: MO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

McKinley Bridge Bikeway

1.2 mi
State: IL, MO
Concrete

Meramec Greenway Trail

13.5 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Mississippi Greenway

6.1 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Missouri Riverfront Trail

3.25 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Gravel

MoPac Trail (Pleasant Hill)

3 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone

Monarch-Chesterfield Levee Trail

10.4 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

1 mi
State: IL, MO
Concrete

Prairie Creek Greenway

6.75 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

River Des Peres Greenway Trail

5.5 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Riverfront Heritage Trail

15 mi
State: KS, MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Roark Creek Trail

3 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Rock Creek Trail (MO)

1.5 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Rock Hollow Trail

2.3 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Rock Island Spur of Katy Trail State Park

47.5 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone

Route 152 Trail

3 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Ruby Jack Trail

16 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Scott's Branch Trail

1.6 mi
State: MO
Concrete

South Creek Greenway

8 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

South Providence Trail

1.7 mi
State: MO
Concrete

St. Joseph Riverwalk

2.3 mi
State: MO
Concrete

St. Louis Riverfront Trail

11.8 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

St. Vincent Greenway Trail

3.3 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Sunset Greenway Trail

3.9 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Table Rock Lakeshore Trail

2.2 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Ted Jones Trail

2.2 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Urban Trail (St. Joseph Trail System)

16.2 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Wabash Walkway

0.15 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Ward Branch Greenway

4 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

Watkins Mill State Park

3.8 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

West Alton Trail

2 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone

Weston Bluffs Trail

3.25 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Wildwood Greenway

5.7 mi
State: MO
Asphalt

Wilson's Creek Greenway

5 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete
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
Columbia’s Bear Creek Trail links two of the city's most popular community parks: the 533-acre Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area (popularly known as Cosmo Park) in the west and the 81.5-acre...
MO 4.8 mi Crushed Stone
The Blue River Parkway Trail winds along both banks of its namesake river on the southern outskirts of Kansas City. The paved route begins in Minor Park and heads north, passing Alex George Lake and...
MO 3.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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
Cape LaCroix Recreation Trail meanders through the city of Cape Girardeau in southeastern Missouri following the Cape LaCroix Creek. Along the way, the paved trail connects Shawnee Park, Arena Park,...
MO 4.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Centennial Greenway will one day stretch 20 miles through St. Louis County from Creve Coeur County Park at its northern end to Forest Park at its southern tip. Currently, the trail is open in three...
MO 3.5 mi Concrete
For nearly 5 miles, the Columbia Bottom Trail meanders through the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, which features forests, wetlands, and open fields. The trail is part of the Missouri River...
MO 4.8 mi Asphalt
Accordion
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
Travelers on the Creve Couer Park Trails will enjoy watching the sailboats and kayakers on the sparkling Creve Coeur Lake as they loop around the water. The flat paved trail system continues through...
MO 7.7 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
Fassnight Creek Greenway is a 1.2 mile multi-use east-west trail in the heart of Springfield, about a mile southwest of Missouri State University. The paved trail meanders right alongside the...
MO 1.2 mi Concrete
The Frisco Greenway Trail runs along a portion of the former St. Louis–San Francisco Railway (the Frisco), which played an important role in the development of Joplin and Webb City. Jasper County...
MO 4 mi Gravel
The 36-mile Frisco Highline Trail connects Springfield to Bolivar, winding its way through Missouri farm country along an abandoned rail corridor. The 8-mile section from Springfield to the north end...
MO 36 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Taking residents and visitors through the natural areas in the north of Springfield, the Fulbright Spring Greenway is a hidden gem of Ozark’s Greenway System. The trail was initially named after the...
MO 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The popular Galloway Creek Greenway runs through southeastern Springfield. It begins at Pershing Middle School and heads south paralleling Lone Pine Avenue. Although the trail has an urban feel,...
MO 5 mi Asphalt
Only 10 miles from the famed Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the 8-mile Grant's Trail is heavily used for recreation and commuting. The trail was named for the former President Ulysses S. Grant, and like...
MO 8 mi Asphalt
Note: A portion of the trail between Troost and Woodland Avenues has been closed since 2012 due to the presence of a small sinkhole. Trail users should take 85th Street as a detour. Refer to the...
MO 6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
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 Indian Creek Bike/Hike Trail links two states, four communities and a multitude of parks along Indian Creek. The trail provides numerous connections to the surrounding areas, making it an...
KS, MO 26 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The James River Greenway offers a pleasant route along tree-lined Lake Springfield on the south end of Springfield. The paved pathway offers scenic views of the lake, bluffs, and prairies, as well as...
MO 1.7 mi Asphalt, 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
The Jordan Creek Greenway is a paved 3-mile multiuse trail in downtown Springfield, Missouri. There trail exists in 3 disconnected segments: The most northerly section runs for about a mile from...
MO 3 mi Asphalt, 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
Katy Trail State Park is the nation's longest continuous rail-trail, offering nearly 240 miles of scenic trail from Clinton east to Machens on the outskirts of St. Louis. The Katy Trail is in the...
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
Inside of Lee's Summit's Community Park, the Legacy Park Trail is a family oriented destination with an abundance of activities available. Sitting on 692 acres, the park host many youth sports games,...
MO 5.6 mi Asphalt
The paved Line Creek Trail follows a wooded creek from Kansas City's Platte Brooke North neighborhood through Frank Vaydik Park (formerly Line Creek Park). The trail provides many helpful connections,...
MO 7.5 mi Concrete
The Little Blue Trace Trail follows the course of the Little Blue River for 15 miles through the Little Blue Trace Nature Reserve. It stretches south of Interstate 70 at Lee's Summit Road to Blue...
MO 15 mi Crushed Stone
Once the site of a spur line of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad, the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail now whisks cyclists and pedestrians (instead of trains) between Columbia and the small town...
MO 8.9 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
Although short, this paved half-mile trail provides connections to three parks, as well as a unique attraction in northern Independence. On the northern end of the trail sits Mill Creek Park, which...
MO 0.5 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
The Meramec Greenway Trail is planned to one day encompass 60 miles of pathway throughout St. Louis and west to Pacific, Missouri, connecting residents to the Meramec River, the city's parks and the...
MO 13.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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 6.1 mi Asphalt
Note: The eastern third of the trail, from the access point at Horizons Parkway to the end of the trail, is currently closed (as of June 2016) due to bridge construction. Check the City of Riverside's...
MO 3.25 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The MoPac Trail begins in Pleasant Hill's charming downtown area and heads northwest towards Pleasant Hill Lake and the outskirts of Kansas City. The rail-trail is named for the former Missouri...
MO 3 mi Crushed Stone
As its name implies, the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee Trail was built on top of an embankment created to protect Chesterfield from Missouri River flooding. As such, it offers a wide, flat route over...
MO 10.4 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
Nestled within the suburban landscape outside Platte City, the Prairie Creek Greenway offers an escape into nature as it runs through fields and forests and across the titular creek. The trail gives...
MO 6.75 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 5.5 mi Asphalt
The Riverfront Heritage Trail meanders through Kansas City on both sides of the Kansas–Missouri border. The 15-mile trail links historic neighborhoods, parks and the riverfront. It also serves as the...
KS, MO 15 mi Asphalt, 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
The Roark Creek Trail provides a pleasant, tree-lined east-west corridor across Branson. As it follows its namesake creek, the paved pathway provides access to North Beach Park on its east end and...
MO 3 mi Concrete
The Rock Creek Trail links Country Club Park and Rotary Park on the west side of Independence. It offers nice views of the tree-lined creek that it follows and crosses several times. Between the...
MO 1.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
The Rock Island Spur of Katy Trail State Park travels 47.5 miles through woodlands, wetlands, and bucolic fields nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks. At either end are two towns full of charm and...
MO 47.5 mi Crushed Stone
Although short, the Route 152 Trail is an important connector in Kansas City. The paved pathway begins at Line Creek Trail and heads west, paralleling its namesake roadway across town. Despite its...
MO 3 mi Concrete
The Ruby Jack Trail runs for 16 miles between Carthage, MO, and the Kansas state line. The trail links the towns of Carthage, Oronogo, and Carl Junction, traversing farmland, wetland, and woodland. As...
MO 16 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
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
Springfield's South Creek Greenway provides residents and visitors alike with a welcome dose of nature within the city's urban limits, and also serves as a useful off-road means of getting around and...
MO 8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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
The St. Joseph Riverwalk, sometimes referred to as the Riverfront Trail, hugs the eastern bank of the Missouri River in this northwestern Missouri community. The paved pathway spans just over two...
MO 2.3 mi Concrete
The St. Louis Riverfront Trail follows the Mississippi River on the Missouri side, from Gateway Arch heading north to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, part of the legendary Route 66. The trail is...
MO 11.8 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 3.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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
Table Rock Lakeshore Trail offers an easy, paved pathway to experience nature in southern Branson. Following the lake's shoreline, the trail winds through Table Rock State Park under a lush tree...
MO 2.2 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
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
The Urban Trail System in St. Joseph, MO, is a multi-use trail network that links the city from north to south, providing access for cyclists, walkers, joggers, inline skaters and wheelchair users....
MO 16.2 mi Asphalt, 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
Ward Branch Greenway is 4.8 miles existing in 3 discrete sections in south Springfield, Missouri. The northernmost segment begins at Cox Medical Center on E Bradford Parkway, ducks underneath SR 60...
MO 4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Watkins Mill State Park, located on the outskirts of Kansas City, is a forested area featuring a 100-acre lake. Here, whitetail deer, wild turkeys and other birds and wildlife are abundant. A walking...
MO 3.8 mi Asphalt
The West Alton Trail occupies the right-of-way of an old railroad bed. The crushed-stone trail runs for 2 miles between St. Charles Street at US 67 in West Alton and the Lincoln-Shields Recreation...
MO 2 mi Crushed Stone
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
Running from the small town of Weston to the nearby Weston Bend State Park, the Weston Bluffs Trail provides a safe and scenic means for park visitors to visit the quaint town, and for town residents...
MO 3.25 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
As with many of the greenways in the Ozark trail system, the Wilson’s Creek Branch trail follows the route of an eponymous waterway. The trail begins at the Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park down to Republic...
MO 5 mi Asphalt, Concrete

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Katy Trail State Park

Rode entire trail in 3 days!

September, 2017 by fitnpeaceful

My friends and I started the Lewis and Clark Trail via the KATY Trail, beginning in St. Charles, MO in 2007. We rode the trail in September and it was beautiful. There are several quaint Bed and Breakfasts along the trail through Missouri and we stayed at a few of them and were never disappointed. We rode the entire trail through Missouri and enjoyed the sightseeing along the way!

Rock Island Spur of Katy Trail State Park

Jefferson City – Boonville – Windsor- Pleasant Hill (using Amtrak)

September, 2017 by slangeks

We just covered the 170 miles of Katy Trail & (new) Rock Island spur that took us Jefferson City to Lee’s Summit over 3 days. I’ll offer some insights and details for you to use if you want to repeat it.

We are 4 old guys in our mid-60’s to early 70’s who ride frequently, but are just average riders. We have touring bikes and cross bikes. All with a rear wheel rack and light luggage to carry a change to street clothes and any extra bike gear. We had 32 mm tires (which are perfect) and our lightest member had 28 mm and did fine. We comfortably ride at 12 mph on the trail, but with stops, average about 10 mph.

Along the trail we met couples from England, Ohio, Colorado and a lady from California who all had made riding the Katy Trail a destination vacation. Some were going a very leisurely 35 miles a day.

Amtrak:
Start point for us was Jefferson City Amtrak station. 2 of us drove a car from St. Louis and parked it at the station. The other 2 took the morning train from Lee’s Summit and left our cars there. The St. Louis guys bought a one-way afternoon ticket back from Lee’s Summit to Jefferson City for 3 days later. We all arrived at noon in Jefferson City.

Getting on the Amtrak train with your bike is easy. You leave your luggage on the bike if you can physically hoist it up the stairs. As you stand on the station platform, the conductor will point you to the car you will be getting on and where to put your bike once on the train. - They only have room for 4 bikes on the train, so you need to buy your ticket for you and your bike well in advance as a first step to make this trip. - The bikes are parked side by side behind some seats on a coach car. – When you get to the destination station, you should be ready to move with your bike in advance of the stop. The conductor will usually offer to stand at the bottom of the steps and take the front of your bike as you descend the stairs carrying the back. – They leave the restroom open at Jefferson City station, but we all arrived dressed to ride.

Day One – 53 miles to Boonville
We grabbed a quick bite to eat and a beer at “Arris’ Pizza” on High Street at the top of the hill above the Jefferson City Amtrak. It’s across the street from the capitol.

We rode northwest on High a couple of blocks, then down the ramp past Mulberry, turned right on Missouri and then left on Main. When you get to Clay (just before the highway), you will see the “Pat Jones bike path” on the right, that takes you on the bridge across the Missouri River and puts you on the path to the Katy Trailhead.

We went left or west on the Katy Trail. That’s milepost 143. - Our first stop was “Coopers Landing” at milepost 163.5. This is campground and restaurant on the river bank. It’s a wooded area near houses on stilts. Some of the campers are long-term, living in houseboats on blocks. It’s a great place to grab a beer on their back deck on the river bank. - Our next stop was Rocheport at milepost 178 where we stopped at the “General Store” located at the far end of town and just a couple of blocks off the trail. We had another round of beers and some chips. – Then we set off for the “Hotel Frederick” in Boonville which is milepost 191. The Frederick is located at the south end of the bridge over the Missouri River so is convenient and easy to find. They lock your bikes in a basement room that is accessed off the street. In the morning, they will loan you a pump for your tires. – It’s a historic hotel which has been restored. We stayed in a couple of suites that had twin queen beds and two daybeds. They showers were terrific and the beds were very comfortable. They have a great restaurant in the lobby called “The Fred” which was very good. We had a round of beers in the pub room and then ate dinner on a second story outdoor patio that overlooked the bridge.

Only word of warning is to pace yourself to get off the trail before sunset. Since we started at noon in Jefferson City and ate first, we arrived at 6:30 with a 7:15 sunset.

Day Two – 57 miles to Windsor
The path to the Katy Trail begins on the far side of the street from the Frederick Hotel. - There is a 12 mile climb up a grade out of Boonville to Pilot Grove. It’s only a 220 foot climb, but you know it’s uphill. – Pilot Grove at milepost 203 is the last source of water before Sedalia 24 miles later, so be sure to fill up. – There is another uphill grade the last miles into Sedalia.

You travel on well-marked streets a couple of miles to get into Sedalia and return to the actual trail. We were tired from the ride in 90 degree heat. A block after you pass the big cemetery, there is a little Mexican restaurant called “Tacos Santa Cruz”. We ducked in there for some fruit drinks, tacos and tamales.

The Katy Trail continues at its old depot. One of our bikes had a broken shifter cable on the rear derailer. There is a great bike shop “Champion Bicycles” in the depot that set to work on the bike repair as we waited. Unlike my friends, I was “popped” from the ride and my friends were having to repeatedly wait for me. I asked the bike shop about a shuttle service for the next 19 miles to Windsor. The bike shop gave me the number of a lady named Laura who will haul up to 4 bikes and riders for $1/mile/round trip distance. I did that and it cost me $60 with tip.

Windsor
Windsor is enjoying an increase of business activity because of the junction of the Katy Trail and the new Rock Island spur trail. Its milepost 248 on the Katy. We stayed at “Kim’s Cabins” which are brand new cabins featuring twin queen beds and a pullout coach. The showers have terrific water pressure. However, they don’t have TV’s, but do have a complete kitchen. You can get to Kim’s Cabins off a short access trail that is just south of the junction of the two trails. Kim's gives you access to a locking shed to stow your bikes overnight. – As the advance party, I got some beers at “G&L Package Liquor” southeast of the main intersection in town. – We had a terrific Mexican dinner at “Cinco De Mayo” which is next to G&L Liquor. You can get a beer there, too. Getting home from there is very easy on a bike, you go one block to the northeast to Florence, turn left and coast downhill back to Kim’s Cabins.

Day Three – 60 miles to Lee’s Summit (sort of)
Overnight a thunderstorm poured rain and it was continuing when we woke up. In a break in the rain we walked a few blocks over to a breakfast/lunch diner called the “Sidetrack Café”. (Google Maps still has it under the old owners “Nita’s”.) This place has a great breakfast menu and I recommend it. It was a Sunday at 7:30 AM and the place was full of older gentlemen who were the informal chamber of commerce. We were alien bicyclists and so we had a good time talking to them.

The weather radar had storms continuing to pound the area for the foreseeable future and two of our group needed to catch that train in Lee’s Summit at 4:30 PM. We couldn’t wait it out and it was miserable biking weather with lightening. From Kim’s Cabins, I called back the Sidetrack Café and identified myself as a bicyclist who was just there. I asked the waitress on the phone to ask the group of men in the place if any of them had a pickup truck and would be willing to take all 4 of us to Chilhowee, 20 miles up the Rock Island Spur for $50. We had several takers, but none had a club cab to haul us 4 passengers. The waitress offered that she had a pickup with a club cab and would if we could do it fast enough for her to get back for the church crowd. – So that worked great and turned out to be a terrific strategic move. We ended up getting to the train just one hour before the departure.

The prior posts talk of the trail bed problems just east of Chilhowee and we skipped over that with our truck ride. We also were prepared for no water access until Pleasant Hill in 28 miles. We put water bottles in our luggage and back pockets to supplement the water in the bike bottles. The trail is beautiful and mostly a tunnel of trees. The trail was finished at the very beginning of 2017 and it has low spots and washout areas that are soft spots, but overall we found the trail to be in good shape, especially considering after a heavy rain. We quickly rode out of the rain and into sunny weather. – At the end of the trail, we exited onto a path to the right and it took us to a road. We turned left and then left again onto Hwy 58/First Street that took us ¼ mile into town. The road delivers you to the front door of “Big Creek Café”, which is a great place for a hearty lunch.

Directions to safely get to Amtrak in Lee’s Summit (15 miles – 90 minutes ride):
*From Big Creek Café go NE ½ block across tracks to Broadway.
*Turn left and go ½ block to Cedar – You will then see an entrance to a bike path to your left.
*The path runs for 2.2 miles. – Parts of it have soft silt/sand and puddles that bog your tires, so be careful.
*Path crosses 175th Street and ends at 167th and Smart (gravel road). Go straight ahead north onto Smart and climb the gentle grade.
* In less than ¼ mile, bear right at fork to stay on Smart.
*Smart will zig zag to the left twice over the next mile and half, then it continues straight north and finally becomes a paved road.
*Cross 150 Highway and continue on Smart one mile after crossing 150 Highway.
*Turn left on Browning (paved) at bottom of a hill and go into woods.
*After 2.1 miles turn right on Ronson.
*Continue on Ronson and cross 50 Highway on overpass bike path. Road become Todd George Parkway.
*Get on bike path on east side of road and continue north for about a mile to the light a Langsford.
*Turn left on Langsford and ride in street one mile to Highway 291.
*Continue across Highway 291 and road becomes 2nd street. We got on the protected sidewalk where 2nd bends to left and then re-entered the street in a bike lane after that bend to the left. (The street reduces traffic to a single lane while it goes through that bend to left.)
*After ¾ mile you will see the rail road overpass over 2nd Street. Turn left just before the overpass onto SE Main Street. There is a restaurant/pub there called “The Peanut”. You can change out of your bike clothes in the bathroom and have something to eat and drink as you wait for the 4:30 PM train. The actual train station platform is across the street, but you have to go south ½ block and go around the fence to get to the station platform. It’s on the other side of the caboose. Be ready for the train a few minutes early.

Monarch-Chesterfield Levee Trail

monarch TrailLink

September, 2017 by dutchhe

The Monarch trail is closed until sometime next year.

Accordion

Weston Bluffs Trail

Close and convenient

August, 2017 by nfoster.750cc

While this trail may not be remarkable in any particular way it was fairly well maintained, nice rolling hills, shaded much of the way by the tree canopy, and perfect for a morning run. While it was not outstanding in any particular way it was free of litter, safe, and a great location on my morning commute for a work out. I gave it 3 stars initially but updated it to 4.

Monarch-Chesterfield Levee Trail

Great if you like flat rides!

August, 2017 by ronsteinbruegge

Not a bad trail. Very wide and lightly traveled during the week. I like flat trails even though the wind and sun can mess with you at times. There are many prettier trails in West St Louis County, but this one is still good for a steady peddling workout.

Katy Trail State Park

Great weeklong experience

August, 2017 by sterfrylovesyou

We rode the whole thing in 6 days. We did it in March of 2015, and it was an awesome experience. The "green tunnel" hadn't formed yet as most of the trees were just starting to grow new leaves. It was very rainy, but luckily we brought our ponchos and it didn't ever rain too bad on us. We camped along the way. In my opinion it is the best way to go about it. I would camp in the actual camping sites, because the first night we camped off the side of the trail and I was paranoid all night and didn't sleep well. We started in Clinton (we had a friend drop us off) and ended in St. louis, and then took the train back to Kansas City where we were living at the time. We used road bikes, and because of the rain sometimes the bikes would sink into the trail, so I would recommend something with better wheels. Overall it was a beautiful experience, and would recommend you do it if you have a chance. very wide, and there are no super steep inclines.

Prairie Creek Greenway

Partially shaded low traffic paved path

August, 2017 by nfoster.750cc

The fairly remote paved running path consisted of small rolling hills and low traffic. At 5:45 on a weekday we passed only four people on our out and back from the south parking lot. We ran about 3.25 miles of the path and it was well maintained and quiet. the south trailhead had a port-o-potty and convenient parking right off of N highway south of Platte City. There were some decent hills in the mix of you are looking to do hill repeats.

Columbia Bottom Trail - Missouri River Greenway

closed

August, 2017 by randalnic

Very nice area. Paved trail being rebuilt because of flooding. Conservation agent very helpful. Gravel and paved roads to ride but smooth

Rock Island Spur of Katy Trail State Park

Lovely and Challenging

July, 2017 by aubrey.hooley

We sailed through the hot sun completing 98.6 miles which was intenseeeeeeee. We camped at Pleasant Hill City Lake which was lovely and started in Pleasant Hill early morning biking from there to Windsor and back. Loose gravel most of the way with a packed edge to it except for three or so miles from Chilhowee towards Leeton. Those three or so miles were very loose gravel which we came to say was "that hellish part." Hopefully, it gets more redone as years go by in that section. Nice wide spread to bike on for the whole trail with little ponds here and there.
Our intentions were only to go to Chilhowee and back but we felt that sense we could do the long haul. One of our group headed back at Chilhowee hanging with a cool crew of a German long distancer and two men with a small dog. It's that way on these trails although VERY little people were seen. We saw a total of maybe 5 bikers the entire day although the heat may have scared off a few.
We started at 7:30am and ended at 10:00pm. We did have an hour eating and napping at Windsor which was lovely and stopped both ways at the store in Chilhowee. You MUST stop at this cute rural mecca with a homegrown feel and easy to get tire tubes and a hot meal if needed(no hot food Sunday). Such nice folks too and a little room to eat and get air conditioning if needed. Needing water is a really big deal as this trail is pretty non established in terms of little stores and such. On this trail you can get water in Chilhowee and that's pretty much it unless you ask at farmhouses or go into the small towns more than a few miles off trail.
However, beautiful corridor of trees, fields and fields of corn, and the beauty of friends, the sun as it rose and set and sounds of nature.
Awesome!

Frisco Highline Trail

Trail needs a good tree trimming

July, 2017 by adsitonline

I rode this trail last summer from Springfield to Walnut Grove and back and really enjoyed it. This summer I stopped to ride the Northern section from Bolivar to Walnut Grove to see all the bridges. Ended up turning around just before Wishart due to all the low hanging tree branches and the spider webs that were hanging down between the tree branches on both sides of the path. After a couple of miles of plowing through them, I gave up especially after noticing a few dozen spiders crawling around my legs, arms, bike, helmet and across my glasses. I don't give up very easily but enough is enough. What a beautiful ride this trail would be if, like other trails, (especially the Katy Trail that I rode next), the towns along the trail would pitch in and trim it back.

St. Louis Riverfront Trail

JC

July, 2017 by jc_bates

It would be much better if there was water available at the Bridge on the North end all the time

Frisco Greenway Trail

Short, but sweet

July, 2017 by travisgarren

The Frisco Greenway is within a mile of my house. It is supported by local volunteers and donations. The surface is hard packed gravel that is appropriate for runners and hybrid bikes. It is well traveled during the daylight and has very few road crossings. There are some connecting paved bike paths (extra wide sidewalks) at about the midpoint of the trail. There is no water on the trail, but there is a porta-potty at the mid point and the south end.

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