Biking Through the Show-Me State

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outdoors , Outdoor Adventure , backpacking trail , biking / walking trails , Katy Trail , nature trails , Trails , family activities , Family Fun
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How better to explore our great state (and stay in great shape!) than on two wheels? Take along the bike for an unforgettable Missouri vacation. From east to west and north to south, bicycle trails provide the perfect view of the Show-Me State.

The fabulous Katy Trail State Park stretches across most of Missouri. At more than 237 miles, the Katy enjoys the distinction of being America’s longest “rails-to-trail” bicycle path. Much of the trail affords scenic views of the Missouri River and follows the same route Lewis and Clark took on their historic journey. The crushed-limestone trail provides a perfect surface for bicyclists, walkers and runners of all ages.

Three miles east of Troy, ride along more than 38 miles of trails at Cuivre River State Park. As your ride through the park, admire vibrant trees, expansive prairies, and glimmering ponds. Take a lunch and refuel at one of the park’s picturesque picnic areas.

Adventurous mountain bikers (and hikers) flock to the challenging Eleven Point River Section of the Ozark Trail, near Doniphan. The trail, running east to west, features several stunning lookout sites for the Eleven Point River. Other available activities include horseback riding, floating, canoeing, fishing, and camping. Cool off as you wade across Hurricane Creek, where the trail starts its climb to Leffer Look, 400 feet above the Eleven Point River. 

Just north of Columbia, in Finger Lakes State Park, the Kelley Branch Trail provides the perfect path for mountain bikers and hikers alike. Designed for non-motorized mountain bike riders, the trail loops from the northern picnic area to the park’s southernmost point. Traverse scenic Kelley Branch Creek as you pedal along this 2.75-mile path. The ride includes wooded areas, steep mounds, a waterfall, and the remains of a mining bridge.

Crowder State Park, located four miles west of Trenton, offers activities for the entire family. In addition to excellent mountain biking opportunities, visitors can enjoy fishing in the 18-acre Crowder Lake, horseback riding and hiking. The large campground makes a wonderful destination for a family getaway.

Roll along a significant piece of history at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, in St. Louis. Once part of iconic Route 66, the bridge no longer carries automobile traffic. Instead, bicyclists and walkers are welcome to cross the bridge and enjoy the view from its deck. The stunning vistas include unbeatable glimpses of the Mississippi River and the St. Louis skyline. Memorabilia and interpretive signs share the tale of Route 66, as well as the history of the Chain of Rocks Bridge.

Get an up-close look at nature when you visit Table Rock Lakeshore Trail, which runs along the shoreline of Table Rock Lake. Take in picture-perfect views of the lake as you wheel along this popular trail. The paved path begins at the State Park Marina, making it easy for visitors to fill the day with biking and boating. Bald eagles, loons, and osprey call this area home, and centuries-old oaks line the trail. Nearby, the White River Valley Trail System offers a slightly more challenging ride (or hike), plus scenic views of Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo.

 Katy Trail State Park - Statewide
Katy Trail State Park is the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S. The flat, 237.7-mile trail ...

 Cuivre River State Park
More than 38 miles of hiking, backpacking and equestrian trails wind through this 6,393-acre park. Camping, ...

 Eleven Point River Section of the Ozark Trail
The 30-mile trail is popular among mountain bikers, hikers, backpackers and horseback riders. Allow ...

 Finger Lakes State Park
This reclaimed strip-mine area, 20 minutes north of Columbia off Route 63, is one of two state parks ...

 Crowder State Park
This park, four miles west of Trenton, is dedicated to Gen. Enoch Crowder, founder of the selective ...