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.
- Rock 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.