Spring is around the corner and there’s no better time to take advantage of the scenery in Columbia, Missouri. With great hiking trails and plenty of parks, Columbia has an outdoor adventure option to fit any bill.
MKT Nature and Fitness Trail
With almost nine miles of running trails, limestone running paths, and endless views, it’s no wonder the MKT Trail won the Best Urban Trail award in 2016. Starting in downtown Columbia, the trail winds through several neighborhoods and connects to the Katy Trail, which begins a 200 mile trail that stretches across the state.
Bear Creek Trail
Another limestone trail worth running is the Bear Creek Trail, which connects the Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area and the Albert-Oakland Park. While it is on the north side of town, the trip is worth it to see the wildlife, hills, and creeks this trail has to offer.
Hinkson Creek Trail
This partnership trail between the City of Columbia and the University of Missouri is the perfect running spot for Mizzou students. The 4.25-mile trail offers access to Capen Park and the Grindstone Nature Area, and connects to the Mizzou football stadium.
Pinnacles National Park
With 27 acres to explore, this park has something for everyone. Creeks, rock formations, and fossils make up the variety of things to see at the Pinnacles National Park. This park might be out of town, but its views are worth the trip.
Stephens Lake Park
This park features 116 acres of walking, biking and hiking trails, as well as picnic areas and plenty of room for your furry friends. With fire pits for cold nights and an amphitheater for summer shows, Stephens Lake Park is a must-see for anyone in Columbia.
Finger Lakes State Park
Known for its motocross track and frequent ATV users, Finger Lakes State Park is not for the faint of heart. With multiple bike trails, space for fishing, and a variety of campground options, this park is made for the adventurous.