Missouri Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Frisco Highline Trail

37.6 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Gravel

Grant's Trail

10.4 mi
State: MO

MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

9.3 mi
State: MO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Urban Trail (St. Joseph Trail System)

15.8 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Concrete

West Alton Trail

1.1 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The 37.6-mile, partially paved Frisco Highline Trail connects Bolivar and Springfield with plenty to see along the way. If you travel from north to south, you’ll find that the corridor rises at about...
MO 37.6 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Honoring former President Ulysses S. Grant, this flat  and relaxed 10-mile trail is easily accessible from downtown St. Louis. Grant’s Trail is well maintained with plentiful restrooms and drinking...
MO 10.4 mi Asphalt
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
The Urban Trail system in St. Joseph is a suburban jewel, with lush, green scenery along most of its route. The system branches off in several directions, offering a number of customizable routes for...
MO 15.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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

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Recent Trail Reviews

Little Blue Trace Trail

One of the Best

June, 2021 by jmclincoln

The Little Blue Trace is a beautiful, well groomed trail. It is a county park, and the county parks and rec should be very proud. There are a few rough patches of the asphalted section near the northern trailhead on Blue Mill road. There’s an awkward zigzag over the railroad track. However, we had no road crossings. The trail went around and under all roads. How nice! We road round trip starting at the northern trailhead.

Little Blue Trace Trail

Best in Kansas City

June, 2021 by kimhawkins1972

My husband and I rode 30 miles on 6/4/21. We live in St Joseph and really enjoy riding on our lovely parkway system. However, this was bar none a wonderful mix of an urban paved bike path vibe, to outright gorgeous views on a meandering crushed gravel trail into what felt like a scene from little house on the prairie. It was well maintained, marked well and so enjoyable, we plan to come back

Fulbright Spring Greenway


June, 2021 by n1203us

Cute little trail with a water hazard. We stayed at Cooks RV and rode the bikes to the trailhead at the school. We got about a mile into it and came across a creek crossing. There is no bridge, so you have to ride through the creek on a concrete pad. There is signage that says not to cross through the water, so I assume that this creek is normally dry. The blacktop needs to be upgraded in a few spots.


St. Joseph Riverwalk

Easy Peaceful Trail with River Views

May, 2021 by therootfamily4

This is an easy trail to walk, bike, or blade. Very level. Easy parking at the Remington Nature Center, located at the north end of the trail. As of Spring 2021, the trail is closed at the Casino, but the trail south is pleasant.

River Des Peres Greenway Trail

Decent spot to run

May, 2021 by sdean1120

If you’re looking for variety, it’s not a terrible route. There are some pretty areas and some not so pretty areas, a few small hills, and it isn’t overly crowded before 8 am. You can get in a good distance for an easy or recovery run.

Ruby Jack Trail

Much Progress Has Been Made

May, 2021 by clickandlearn

I biked this trail May 26, 2021. Except for about 100 feet of trail at mile point 4.2 (just carry your bike across the railroad tracks and bike to the north edge of the short unfinished section), this is a great trail from about mile point 2.5 all the way to the eastern end in Carthage.

The 2.5 mile section from the state line to near Carl Junction is (currently) only recommended for good bikers on mountain bikes (the gravel is thick in points and the trail is mostly un-cleared of brush).

I did the complete 16 mile trail on my hybrid bike, but I found the western-most 2.5 mile section a bit tricky.

I would recommend biking from the Carthage trailhead to Carl Junction and returning to Carthage. This gives you a nice 25 mile ride.

The Joplin Trails Coalition expects to have the entire 16-mile trail completed by sometime in 2022.

Longview Lake Trail (MO)

Nice scenery, but be wary

May, 2021 by ddcook

This trail features some nice scenery. However, the gravel on this trail can be a little treacherous in my opinion. I was riding 35c Panaracer Gravelking tires, intended for gravel, and I had to keep my speed under 10 mph. I felt that speeds above that were not safe.

Katy Trail State Park

Columbia to Rocheport

May, 2021 by dustonm

Great ride from Columbia. Loose chat and gravel, so best for fat tires, gravel bikes, cross bikes, or hybrids with larger tires. Great fall trail. Stop off in Rocheport for lunch!

South Creek Greenway

Good urban trail

May, 2021 by adsaxs

We picked up the trail at the end of South Kings Avenue which is near the McDaniel Park trailhead. This urban trail has quite a bit of turns and curves. Trail width varies depending on the location and follows the creek for the most part. Mile markers and directional signs are painted on the pavement. For the first 1.6 miles, there are a few street crossings and the trail parallels roads. A short distance after you cross over the Kansas Expressway overpass, the trail goes through the Springfield Botanical Gardens. Plan on a stop here to stroll through one of the many gardens. The botanical gardens are gorgeous. The trail continues on for a short distance through a shady area and you can almost forget you are in a major city. We turned around at MM 5.4, West Battlefield Rd.

The trail surface was good. You cycle through two short tunnels which might be flooded after a heavy rain. It also seems that the section of the trail beyond the botanical gardens could also be subject to some flooding. We are not from the area so can’t comment for sure on flooding. I would recommend this trail. There are no amenities along the trail.

Frisco Highline Trail

Willard TH to Springfield TH

May, 2021 by adsaxs

We parked at the paved Willard Trailhead at 107 E. Jackson Street and headed towards Springfield. We were only interested in a short out-and-back ride on the asphalt section and that section of the trail served its purpose. We have hybrid bicycles. The trail was in pretty good shape. There was one section where tree roots uprooted the pavement and one or two trees could have used pruning. Part of the trail is shady. If you are looking for a scenic trail, this one isn’t it. The section we rode goes through industrial areas – concrete factory, airport, trucking business, mini storage before ending at the Kearny trailhead in Springfield. Except for the Willard trailhead which has restrooms, picnic area and bicycle shop, there are no amenities along this section of the trail. We would recommend the pizza place across from the Willard trailhead – the pizza was excellent!

Little Blue Trace Trail

Beautiful, but not for road bikes

May, 2021 by mundobonito1

I was visiting family and rode this trail today for the first time and thought it was beautiful. It winds alongside the Little Blue River and the scenery is lovely. The trail itself is well maintained and seems safe. The only problem is that it is definitely not for a road bike, which I have. The trail goes from concrete to crushed stone to concrete to gravel. You come across patches of concrete and think, great, then it goes right onto crushed stone and continues that pattern throughout . I started at the Phelps road trailhead which has ample parking and a port-a-potty and rode north/east (which is really the only direction you can go since if you go the other direction, the trail ends in about a quarter of a mile). Most of this portion of the trail is concrete/crushed stone until you get north of Menards. It then turns into fairly coarse gravel and I had to turn around. I was disappointed as I really wanted to continue since it was so pretty. If you have a hybrid or mountain bike, you will love it. Maybe in the future they will make it more road bike friendly!

Katy Trail State Park

KATY Trail

April, 2021 by jdfcsc

In the fall of 2011 I rode this trail on loaded bike from St Louis to Clinton on my cross country trip from SC to Phoenix, AZ. Yesterday on auto trip east from Phoenix I stopped in Boonville, got a room at Hotel Frederick, right on the trail in Boonville. I rode my E-trike, a Hase Kettwiesel, 25 miles out and back toward Sedalia mid afternoon. The next morning before checking out I rode another 20 miles out and back toward St.Louis.Later in the day I Stopp again to ride from Augusta to Dutzow. The Katy trail is in great shape.miles out and back

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