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The Columbia Trail System features a variety of trails in different settings - parks, nature sanctuaries, along creeks and through wooded areas - with a variety of trail surfaces for runners, walkers, wheelers, and bicyclists. Amenities along the trails, such as water fountains, restrooms, and bike repair stations, are provided to make your journey easier. You can find the location of these amenities on the trails mapopens PDF file .
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Trails have long been important to the quality of life for Columbians. In a 2015 city-wide citizen survey, it was found that 82 percent of Columbia households use the trail system! In fact, this love of trails extends outside Columbia's borders - the state of Missouri in 2013 was named the "Best Trails State" by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nation's hiking, biking and riding trails. Columbia Parks and Recreation is proud to contribute to this designation.




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Lions Stephens Park Trail Woman Walking Dog

Lions-Stephens Park Trail

This concrete 0.25-trail that circles the 6.8-acre Lions-Stephens Park was designed primarily for use as a physical fitness exercise circuit, but may also be used for walking or jogging.

104 N. Williams St.

Trail Miles: 0.25 mile, concrete

Longview Park Trail

Longview Park Trail

This gravel trail circles the pond and loops around the perimeter of the park. The trail routes around and connects all the park amenities - the pond, shelter, playground, basketball court and playfield.

4980 Gillespie Bridge Rd.

Trail Miles: 0.5 mile, limestone

Louisville Park Trail

Louisville Park Trail

The gravel trail loops around the perimeter of this 9.4-acre park. The trail can be accessed from Manhasset Dr. on the east or Louisville Dr. on the west.

806 Louisville Dr.

Trail Miles: 0.4 mile, limestone

McKee Street Park Trail

McKee Street Park Trail

This 0.15 mile concrete trail encircles the playground, crosses the creek and leads to the full basketball court and open play field with a backstop.

1900 McKee Street

Trail Miles: 0.15 mile, concrete

MKT Trail Young Cyclists

MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

The MKT Trail is Columbia's premier multi-use trail. It ranked second in the nation for "Best Urban Trail" in the 2016 USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards. This 10-foot wide trail built on the old railbed of the MKT railroad begins in downtown Columbia in Flat Branch Park at 4th and Cherry Streets and ends at the State of Missouri's Katy Trail State Park near McBaine. The distance from the start of the MKT Trail to the Katy Trail is 8.9 miles. The KATY Trail extends for 240 miles from St. Charles in eastern Missouri to Sedalia in western Missouri. The all-weather crushed limestone surface provides opportunities for walking, running, and cycling.

Trail Miles: 8.9 miles, limestone

Oakwood Hills Park Trail

Oakwood Hills Park Trail

Located off Green Meadows Rd. on Lynnwood Dr., this 10-acre neighborhood park has a 0.3-mile gravel trail well-suited for walking in a natural wooded setting.

2421 Lynnwood Dr.

Trail Miles: 0.3 mile, limestone

Philips Lake Trail Family With Dog

Philips Lake Trail

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.

5050 Bristol Lake Pkwy.

Trail Miles: 1.4 miles, limestone

Nature Trail at Proctor Park

Proctor Park Trail

Take a nature walk from the picnic area to Bear Creek on the nature trail in Proctor Park. The path makes a small circle through a wooded area and leads to Bear Creek Dr.

411 Proctor Dr.

Trail Miles: 0.2 mile, dirt

Rhett's Run Mountain Bike Trail

Rhett Walters Memorial Mountain Bike Trail (a.k.a. Rhett’s Run)

This challenging mountain bike course, also available for hiking, was designed by the 1996 Olympics key course designers. The trailhead is east of Antimi Baseball/Softball Complex in Cosmo Park.

1615 Bus. Loop 70 W

Trail Miles: 4.1 miles, dirt

Rock Quarry Park Trail Aerial

Rock Quarry Trail

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.

2002 Grindstone Pkwy.

Trail Miles: 0.6 mile, limestone

Rothwell Park Trail

Rothwell Park Trail

This park trail is gravel on the north, south, and west side and connects to a sidewalk on the east side of th

309 Rothwell Dr.

Trail Miles: 0.40 mile, limestone, concrete (including sidewalk)

Scotts Branch Trail Boardwalk2

Scott’s Branch Trail

The trail begins at Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary located at 3300 Rollins Rd. and travels south to Chapel Hill Rd. There is a trail connector through Fairview Park to Fairview Elementary School to provide a safe and enjoyable route to school for students.

3300 Rollins Rd.

Trail Miles: 1.7 miles, concrete

Shepard Boulevard Park Exercise Station and Track

Shepard Blvd. Elementary School Track

During off-school hours, neighborhood residents can use this 0.3-mile, asphalt track complete with exercise stations.

2616 Shepard Blvd.

Trail Miles: 0.3 mile, asphalt track, with exercise stations

Shepard Park Trail

Shepard Park Trail

Enjoy a fitness and nature walk on this 0.2-mile trail located within a 5-acre neighborhood park just north of Shepard Boulevard School.

2717 Shepard Blvd.

Trail Miles: 0.2 mile, limestone

Smiley Lane Park Trail

Smiley Lane Park Trail

The gravel trail follows the west and south sides of this triangle-shaped park and connects to the sidewalk along Smiley Lane, forming a 0.4-mile loop.

400 W. Smiley Ln.

Trail Miles: 0.4 mile, limestone and concrete sidewalk

Smith Park Lake Trail aerial

Smith Park Lake Trail

This 0.3 mile trail encircles a 2.8 acre lake, with the park on the north side and a wooded area on the south side. The trail is concrete on the north side and part gravel on the south side.  Smith Park also has a  large reservable shelter, playground, skate park, basketball court, baseball/softball practice field, restrooms, and parking lot. A sidewalk connects the lake trail with the other park amenities.

3350 Waco Rd.

Trail Miles: 0.3, part concrete and part gravel

Smithton Park Trail

Smithton Park Trail

The 0.3-mile gravel trail encircles the 6.1 acres leased from the Evangelical Free Church. The trail loops around the baseball/softball practice field and passes along some wooded areas.

3501 W. Worley St.

Trail Miles: 0.3 mile, limestone

South Providence Trail

South Providence Trail

The South Providence Trail runs alongside Providence Rd. from Old Plank Rd. to Green Meadows Rd. By use of the crosswalk at Providence and Old Plank Rd., trail users can commute from Rock Bridge Elementary School to Green Meadows Rd. Users can access the trail at any Providence Rd. intersection along the way.

Trail Miles: 1.7 miles, concrete with limestone side path

Stephens Lake Park Trail

Stephens Lake Park Trails

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.

2001 E. Broadway

Trail Miles: Lake Trail - 0.6 mile; Perimeter Trail - 1.7 miles, concrete

Trailblazer – Mizzou Weekly

Bridging the Gap - A new bridge over Hinkson Creek was the finishing touch on the MU Recreation Trail
Valleyview Park Trail

Valleyview Park Trail

A sidewalk from Garden Dr. leads east to the playground area. The sidewalk turns into a gravel trail at the bridge, travels east around the park, circling back west the length of the park, and leads back to Garden Dr.

2210 Garden Dr.

Trail Miles: 0.4 mile, limestone and concrete

West Middle School Track

West Middle School Track

401 Clinkscales Rd.

Trail Miles: 400 meter track, limestone

Westwinds Park Trail

Westwinds Park Trail

A 0.25-mile walking trail meanders through the wooded area in Westwinds Park using two wooden bridges to cross a natural creek. Parts of the trail climb steep grades in the woods. The trail then becomes concrete as it circles around the playground and picnic shelter to the park entrance.

1132 Westwinds Dr.

Trail Miles: 0.25 mile, limestone and concrete

Rollins Bridge #4 at Wilson Park

Wilson Park Trail

Located just east of the University of Missouri Veterinary Hospital, this 9-acre park preserves a heavily wooded natural area in the midst of urban development. Approximately 2/3 mile of dirt and gravel trail allows park users to enjoy the natural setting. Portions of the trail are relatively steep and are not considered wheelchair accessible. The park and trail may be accessed from Rockhill Rd., Wilson Ave., or Rollins S

601 Rockhill Dr.

Trail Miles: 0.7 mile, dirt and gravel

Woodridge Park Trail

Woodridge Park Trail

This 0.4 mile concrete trail loops around the perimeter of the park and includes the sidewalk on Lansing Drive. Visitors may enjoy stopping to sit and rest at the council ring located in a shady area off the trail. The trail travels mostly through the wooded areas of the park and connects the inclusive playground at the south of the park with the playfields at the north end of the park. There is trail connector to the Ronald McDonald House to the west.

3505 Lansing Avenue

Trail Miles: 0.4 mile (includes sidewalk along Lansing Ave.), concrete