Karst Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, MO that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Karst Trail is named for all the karst topography that is prevalent in the area. Karst is a German word used to describe land that is filled with sinkholes, caves and underground streams. The terrain is relatively flat with many scattered sinkhole depressions. Some of these depressions are filled with water and the ponds provide good aquatic habitat. About half of the trail passes through woodlands that contain many large white oak trees. The other half goes through native grasslands that include a three-acre prairie remnant. White connector 1 cuts the loop in half. The trail is suitable for mountain biking, which is only permitted when the trail is dry.
This is a nice trail with varying levels of difficulty depending on which route you take. There are several trails added through the grasslands (which are mowed) which do not show up on the map. The southernmost trail which runs east-west along the park border was quite overgrown when I went through it, the rest of the trails are well-groomed and easy.