• Hinkson Creek Trail
  • Photo of Hinkson Creek Trail
  • Aerial photo of Hinkson Creek Trail

Hinkson Creek Trail

Trail Miles: Trail - 4.25 miles, (2 miles - City portion, 2.25 miles MU portion), limestone

Support Facilities: parking, restrooms, bicycle repair station

Trailheads & Connectors

(B) Greenbriar Connector

  • Greenbriar Trail Connector
  • Greenbriar Wayfinding Sign

(B) Greenbriar Connector

Map & Address: Greenbriar Connector

Greenbriar Connector

Directions Large Map

Trail: Hinkson Creek Trail

Trail Miles: 0.4 miles, concrete

Maps & Documents:

Map of Hinkson Creek Trail/MU Rec Trail

The Greenbriar Connector is a 0.4-mile concrete trail that connects to the MU Recreation Trail/Hinkson Creek Trail near Epple Field, which connects to the MKT Trail to the west. This scenic trail links 1,500 neighborhood residences near Green Meadows Rd. to the Columbia trail system, the University of Missouri, and downtown retail locations. The Greenbriar Connector also provides opportunities for non-motorized transportation options to students attending Rock Bridge High School.
Design engineers navigated the steep slopes with a switchback route utilizing retaining walls and estate fencing through this lovely wooded area. Travel is downhill from the Green Meadows residential area to the MU Recreation Trail. A bench for resting and a bulbout lookout area is provided those traveling uphill as they approach the bridge that crosses Hinkson Creek to the Greenbriar Drive residential neighborhood.
The total project cost was $971,037, which included acquisition, engineering services, and construction. The project was administered by GetAbout Columbia, with funding provided by the Federal Highway’s Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program. After its completion, it was incorporated into the City’s trail system under the management of the Parks and Recreation Department.

 

Capen Nature Trail

  • Nature Trail at Grindstone Nature Area

Capen Nature Trail

Map & Address: 1600 Capen Park Dr.

1600 Capen Park Dr.

Directions Large Map

Trail: Hinkson Creek Trail

Trail Miles: 0.2 miles, dirt

Maps & Documents:

Map of Capen Park

Informal trails allow visitors to wander over most of this 230+-acre natural area. Native prairie grasses, sheer limestone cliffs, and a diversity of vegetation, wildlife and landforms provide great visual interest. The Grindstone and Hinkson Creeks, plus the Gordon Tract, which is a National Register Archaeologic Site, are features of this natural area. The parks are located in southeast Columbia and can be accessed from the east off of Old Hwy. 63 South or from the west off of Rock Quarry Rd. The City’s portion of the Hinkson Creek Trail begins in Grindstone Nature Area, connects to Capen Park and then to the Hinkson Creek Recreation Area on the University of Missouri Campus.

Grindstone Nature Trail

  • Photo of Grindstone Creek Trail

Grindstone Nature Trail

Map & Address: 2011 Old 63 S.

2011 Old 63 S.

Directions Large Map

Trail: Hinkson Creek Trail

Trail Miles: 5.2 miles, dirt

Maps & Documents:

Map of Grindstone Nature Area

Informal trails allow visitors to wander over most of this 230+-acre natural area. Native prairie grasses, sheer limestone cliffs, and a diversity of vegetation, wildlife and landforms provide great visual interest. The Grindstone and Hinkson Creeks, plus the Gordon Tract, which is a National Register of Historic Places Site, are features of this natural area. The parks are located in southeast Columbia and can be accessed from the east off of Old Hwy. 63 South or from the west off of Rock Quarry Rd. The City’s portion of the Hinkson Creek Trail begins in Grindstone Nature Area, connects to Capen Park and then to the Hinkson Creek Recreation Area on the University of Missouri Campus.

Trail Information

Map of Hinkson Creek Trail/MU Rec Trail

Trail Guide Brochure

Hinkson Creek Trail AerialThe Hinkson Creek Trail project is the result of a unique partnership between the City of Columbia and the University of Missouri. The trail connects Grindstone Nature Area to the MKT Trail. The City of Columbia's portion of the trail is 2.0 miles, beginning at Grindstone Nature Area, thru Capen Park, and connecting to the Hinkson Creek Recreation Area on the University of Missouri Campus. The University of Missouri's portion of the trail is 2.25 miles, extending from the City's portion of the Hinkson Creek Trail to the MKT Trail at the 6.75-mile marker, just west of the Stadium MKT Trailhead.

Grindstone Nature Area to Capen Park

Photo of Bear Creek Trail

This section of the trail was Phase I of the project administered by the City of Columbia. It is about one mile of 10-foot wide aggregate surfaced trail connecting the Grindstone Nature Area parking lot to Capen Park. This section of trail runs through the nature area and includes two bridges that are designed to rust and mimic the old railroad bridges along the Missouri River. Construction was completed by a private contractor and the trail was dedicated May 6, 2000.

Hinkson Creek Trail bridge

Capen Park to University of Missouri - Hinkson Creek Recreation Area

This section was Phase II of the project administered by the City of Columbia and constructed by a private contractor. This mile-long section connects to the MU Recreation Trail at the Hinkson Creek Recreation Area.

MU Recreation Trail

Work on this phase was completed by the University of Missouri. This portion of the trail connects the Hinkson Recreation Area to the City's MKT Trail near the 6.75-mile marker, between Forum Blvd. and Stadium Blvd. The trail takes visitors under Providence Rd., by Reactor Field, and past the University agricultural research fields. The university calls its portion of the trail the MU Recreation Trail. The distance from the bridge at the Hinkson Recreation Area to the MKT Trail is 2.25 miles on the university portion of the trail, making the trek from Grindstone Nature Area to the MKT Trail a total distance of 4.25 miles.

The university owns .6 miles of the trail extending west of the bridge over the Hinkson Creek running through the Hinkson Creek Recreation Area. This portion of the trail connects to a 3.0-mile trail at Providence Pl. The 3.0-mile portion of the MU Recreation Trail extends from the Student Recreation Center to the MKT Nature/Fitness Trail.

Main Access Points:

  • Student Recreation Center (parking at Turner Avenue Garage or Hitt Street Visitor Parking)
  • Hearnes Center/Memorial Stadium
  • Epple Field
  • Hinkson Creek Recreation Area

There are restrooms and drinking fountains available at Stankowski Field and Epple Field. (These facilities are usually closed November through March.)

Maintenance concerns for this section of the trail should be referred to MU Campus Facilities @ 573-882-8211


Related Items:


Capen Park

Grindstone Nature Area

Mizzou Rec Trail - University of Missouri Website

Hinkson Creek Trail History

Capital Improvement Projects