Pedal Your Way Through Missouri

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biking / walking trails , Katy Trail , walking trails , outdoors
Freewheeling
Author: H&L Partners

Grab your beloved mountain or road bike and head to the Show-Me State. Bicycling enthusiasts from all over the United States flock to Missouri to ride the Katy Trail and other great pathways.

Katy Trail State Park, the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the nation, stretches 240 miles across beautiful Missouri countryside. Stops include quaint bed-and-breakfasts, campgrounds, antique shops, restaurants and wineries. In addition to cycling, the Katy Trail is open to runners, hikers and those who just want to walk. Two portions are open to horseback riders: a 34.7 mile section between Sedalia and Calhoun and the 15.3 mile stretch between Tebbetts and Portland. You'll find 33 trailheads spaced along the Katy's length, plus other access points.

Six miles south of Kirksville, paths for bicycle riders and walkers connect Big Creek Conservation Area to Thousand Hills State Park. This is a lovely, serene area of scenic views, woodlands and savannas.

Castlewood State Park, 10 minutes south of Ballwin, gives bicyclists the choice of eight great trails with breathtaking views of the Meramec River. There are plenty of chances for other fun activities, including hiking, horseback riding and picnicking.

Give your ride a metropolitan twist as you pedal along the St. Louis Riverfront Trail. Running 11 miles beside the majestic Mississippi River, this trail connects the Gateway Arch to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. See original artwork along the route and stop for a photo opportunity at one of the plazas.

Most cities and towns across Missouri have riding/walking trails ranging from a couple of blocks to many miles in length. 


  Big Creek Conservation Area
This area, operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation, features 1,064 acres of mostly woodlands, ...

  Katy Trail State Park - Statewide
Katy Trail State Park is the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S. The flat, 240-mile trail ...

  Thousand Hills State Park
Thousand Hills State Park includes American Indian rock carvings (petroglyphs) more than 1,500 years ...

  Castlewood State Park
This park, straddling the lush valley of the Meramec River, is an excellent location for canoeing and ...

  The Gateway Arch
The Museum of Westward Expansion is closed, pending installation of all new museum exhibits. During ...

  Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
Once part of Route 66—the Mother Road—this bridge across the Mississippi River was reopened ...