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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 railroad, which in one iteration was known as the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad. The railroad changed hands several times before the line fell into disuse and was converted into a walking and biking trail.
The asphalt trail currently extends over a mile-and-a-half, and it is envisioned to be double that length when complete. Walking, bike riding and other non-motorized uses are welcome on the trail.
What a beautiful walking trail right in town! Smooth and paved for miles of easy walking. Half the trail is the neighborhood and the other half is the woods with a creek. Peaceful water sounds the whole walk. Dog waste stations and lots of friendly pups and people out exercising. No real shade, so go on a cooler evening when it’s dry. Not a hiking experience but a beautiful smooth walk for exercise.
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