Park visitors are invited to try out the Albert-Oakland physical fitness circuit where they can turn fitness into outdoor fun! The one-mile concrete hard-surface trail channels users through a series of 11 exercise stations featuring self-propelled cardio equipment and body weight-resistance workstations designed for various ages and fitness levels.
This loop trail of moderate steepness features a 530-foot boardwalk through a marsh created by resident beavers. The trail begins near Antimi Shelter and Columbia Skate Park at the north end of Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area and meanders through a heavily wooded nature area and wetlands where you will see a variety of trees, plants, birds, animals and insects. You may even catch a glimpse of a beaver at work! (No bikes, please.)
This concrete trail encircles the fishing lake and has two ADA fishing bulbouts and some benches along the way. The majority of the trail travels through open areas, with a short portion of the trail passing through a shady area that has a bridge crossing on the east side. Views of the park and lake from the trail make this an enjoyable place to get your walking exercise in.
This 27-acre park is located in west-central Columbia on Fairview Road, adjacent to Fairview Elementary School. The 0.5-mile trail begins at the park's picnic shelter and leads through a wooded area, circles a small pond, passes by the park's four tennis courts and returns to the shelter. This trail, mostly of a dirt surface, is suitable for walking, jogging, or nature study.
Enjoy a peaceful walk on the gravel 1.8-mile wetland loop. This trail can be accessed from the Forum Nature Area Trailhead or across the entrance from where the County House Trail meets the MKT Trail. Bicycles are not allowed on the Forum Loop.
The heavily wooded 19-acre Kiwanis Park may be accessed from the east off of Maplewood Dr. or from the west on College Park Dr. The 0.9-mile dirt and gravel trail traverses the park's steep hillsides and connects the east and west picnic shelters. This trail is not recommended for wheelchairs. Both park visitors and students at the adjacent Russell Boulevard Elementary School find this trail offers opportunities to observe many species of native Missouri flora and fauna.
This gravel trail encircles the 40-acre lake at A. Perry Philips Park. Trail users can enjoy a view of the lake busy with fishers and boaters (trolling motors only). There are two single table shelters along the lake trail to provide a shady place to picnic.
This 19-acre park features a 0.6-mile gravel walking trail loop with varying grades that encircles the park's picnic shelter, pond, playground, large playing fields, and Rock Quarry House. The park is located just off Grindstone Pkwy., which can be accessed from either Rock Quarry Rd. or Old Hwy. 63 via Ponderosa St.
Stephens Lake Park trails have something for everyone. Two trails, including a 0.6-mile lake trail and a 1.7-mile perimeter trail, allow park users to enjoy the scenic views as they walk, run, bike, or wheel.