Urban Trail (St. Joseph Trail System)


Urban Trail (St. Joseph Trail System) Facts

States: Missouri
Counties: Buchanan
Length: 16.2 miles
Trail end points: Ferndale Ave. south of Karnes Rd. and Hyde Park at Southwest Pkwy.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016257
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Urban Trail (St. Joseph Trail System) Description

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. The trail includes greenways and uses bike-friendly streets along the parkway system. Sidewalks are also available where the trail is either incomplete or not available. The trail branches in many places and a bridge safely flies over Interstate 29.

The rolling topography (also with flat, shady sections) makes the trail system popular for all users and links many of the city's amenities, including Bode Ice Arena and the new Activity Center. The Eugene Field Monument on Lover's Lane recounts the poetry of Eugene Field. You can also fish at Corby Pond or access King Hill (just off the trail) to stand where Chief White Cloud stood in the 1830s.

The Urban Trail continues to grow within St. Joseph, creating access to neighborhoods, shopping and work places. Future segments will focus on re-acquiring former rail corridors through the hearts of various neighborhoods. The system may also one day link to places outside of the St. Joseph metropolitan area.

The main north/south segment is about 9 miles from Krug Park to Hyde Park, with extensions here and there. Some of the trail passes through residential areas with bike-friendly streets and sidewalks.

Parking and Trail Access

You can access the Urban Trail System throughout St. Joseph. At the northern terminus, park at Krug Park, 3500 St. Joseph Avenue/US 59 or at the fountain; from here follow the parkway east, cross St. Joseph Avenue and pass over a short bridge. The trail starts at Ferndale Avenue (on your left).

Hyde Park is located at 8th Street and Hyde Park Avenue. Picnic facilities are located throughout the park, as well as access to water fountains.

Urban Trail (St. Joseph Trail System) Reviews

I rode the part of the trail from Pickett Road to the Noyes parkway by the rec center and back. The ride was very enjoyable and staff at Rec center was very friendly allowed me to get some water and fill my bottles. great section for new riders.

My friend and I biked from Hyde to Pickett and then took Picket back and ended back up on trail. The first part is very challenging. Lots of hills. Last part was very enjoyable. Nice trail but not well marked in places. We wanted to go to Krug but didn't see trail to go that way. Homeless man on bicycle yelled vulgar things at us and awful gestures which scared us to death on the first part of our ride.
It was ok. Not my favorite.

Great urban ride

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