Top Three Running Trails in Missouri

Missouri is full of beautiful hiking, biking, and equestrian trails that are excellent for running as well. The views on these trails are beautiful as is the scenic wooded natural landscape that you will run through. Here are three of the best running trails in the state of Missouri.

  • Angela Lynn RapleyRock Bridge Memorial State Park has some of the most diverse trails for various outdoor recreational activities. The park is close by Columbia and takes you on a running trail that is 15 miles long in total. The area is popular so the trail might be busy, but if you go early in the morning, you could have the trail mostly to yourself.
  • Magruderville is in Edgar Springs, Missouri and is an 8-mile long running trail. The trail is interesting and unique because it takes you through private land that is only open for public use on Wednesday afternoons. The trail is excellent for running but might be busy because of the limited hours that it is open to the public.
  • County House Trail is a 2-mile paved pathway that goes through the southwestern part of Columbia. The trail connects to the scenic MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, which then reaches the Katy Trail State Park. You will run along the Win Lakes Recreation Area where there are picnic tables, restrooms, swimming, boating, and fishing areas.

Angela Lynn Rapley is a registered nurse in St. Louis, Missouri. She enjoys running after work because it takes her mind away from her stressful job at the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

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Biking Trails In St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri and the surrounding area is covered with excellent biking, hiking, equestrian trails. With summer quickly coming to an end, now is the time to get in some quality time on your mountain bike or your road bike. Here are three of the best biking trails in St. Louis.

Angela Lynn Rapley
Angela Lynn Rapley

• Castlewood State Park is a diverse park that offers eight different trails for both hikers and bikers alike. The trails vary in difficulty and are an excellent area for both beginners and experienced bikers. The surrounding area will provide you with scenic views of the Meramec River and the surrounding meadows around Castlewood State Park. • Key Trail State Park is the second longest trail in Missouri and totals 225 miles of trail. The entire path is available for both hikers and bikers, with various parts of the trail open to equestrian. With so much trail, you should have plenty of space as a biker. In total, it could take about five days to complete the entire trail on a bike. • Route 66 State Park is a 420-acre park with four trails that are friendly to bikers, hikers, and equestrians. The area is known to be an excellent spot for bird watching and is home to 40 different types of birds. The park is nearby Castlewood State Park and Rockwoods Range.