The MKT is Columbia's premiere trail. This 10-foot wide trail built on the old railbed of the MKT railroad begins in downtown Columbia in Flat Branch Park at Fourth and Cherry Streets.
The all-weather crushed limestone surface provides opportunities for walking, jogging, running and bicycling.
The Forum Nature Area Trail winds through 108 acres including a small demonstration wetland habitat. It reconnects to the MKT Trail near Twin Lakes Recreation Area.
The City's 4.7 mile MKT links to Boone County's 4.2 miles of trail at the southwest edge of the city at Scott Boulevard. The County's trail connects with 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 over 200 miles from St. Charles in eastern Missouri to Sedalia in western Missouri.
Park facilities inlcud fitness stations, restrooms, drinking fountains, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Battle Park and a cell phone guided tour of memorial benches along the trail.
There are four trailheads. Address listed is for the Flat Branch Park trailhead in downtown Columbia.