Wheels in Motion


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outdoors , Outdoor Adventure , State Parks and State Historic Sites , walking trails , riding trails , biking / walking trails
Biking in Missouri
Author: H|L

Much can be discovered when you explore nature on two wheels. Healthy, invigorating and fun—bikes provide the perfect way to cover new ground and see interesting sights.

Pomme de Terre State Park, just off of Route 64 near Pittsburg, offers scenic views and plenty of room to ride. The lake itself is 7,800 acres, providing a nice, broad circumference around which to pedal. If your Missouri vacation to-do list includes “getting away from it all,” Pomme de Terre State Park is the ideal place to explore. In addition to the nice bike trails, the park is a favorite among anglers, thanks to its large population of muskie. Pomme de Terre features beaches, boat ramps and a marina.

Families seeking a fun, but not too challenging, ride love the Warrensburg Biking and Walking Trail, an eight-mile circular trail with several minor hills.

Just north of Sedalia, biking enthusiasts combine exercise with historic insight at the Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site. This fascinating spot is a structural testimony to luxury living in the early 20th century. Sedalia lawyer and politician John H. Bothwell constructed this castle around 1900. Tour the stately home and take a bike ride through the surrounding terrain. Picnicking is allowed on the lush grounds, so feel free to pack a lunch and dine in the shadow of Missouri history.

Another famous Missourian's name lives on at the Harry S Truman State Park. This lovely park, off Route 7, west of Warsaw, provides a truly scenic biking experience. Sitting on the tip of a peninsula, surrounded by water on three sides, the park's location means terrific views are in store. Hiking, swimming, fishing and picnicking are available at Harry S Truman State Park.

Seeking a customizable bike trail for various endurance levels and interests? Look no further than the Katy Trail State Park. At more than 240 miles in length, this bike path is one of the finest in the nation; more than half of its length runs along the Missouri River. Bikers can customize their Katy Trail experience by taking short or long rides (with guides or without), and the abundant trailheads, shops, wineries, antique stores, restaurants and breweries along the Katy make for truly delightful pit stops.

 Pomme de Terre State Park
Located along the 7,800-acre Pomme de Terre Lake, this park offers lots of solitude and sunshine. The ...

 Warrensburg Biking and Walking Trail
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 Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site
A circa 1900 castle on a hill. Bothwell Lodge represents early 20th century extravagant living. It was ...

 Harry S Truman State Park
Surrounded by water on three sides, the park encompasses the tip of a peninsula jutting into Truman ...

 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 ...