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Deer Run Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 249 feet Route Type: Loop

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nature trips

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Deer Run trail descends to the flat bottomlands and runs along the banks of Little Bonne Femme Creek where it merges briefly with Spring Brook Trail before looping back to its starting point. Deer are common in the area due to the secluded woods and grassy openings. The trail follows the hills along the parks northern and western boundaries and is suitable for mountain biking. It descends to the flat bottomlands and runs along the banks of Little Bonne Femme Creek where it merges briefly with Spring Brook Trail before looping back to its starting point. Deer are common in the area due to the secluded woods and grassy openings. Signs of beavers and muskrats are sometimes seen along the creek. White connector 7 is available to shorten the trail. Mountain biking is permitted only when the trail is dry. Paxton Passage, a half-mile trail owned and maintained by Columbia Public Schools, connects Deer Run Trail with Rock Bridge Elementary School.

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

The trail is very scenic and had low traffic while I was there. I wore a small child in a baby carrier and the only thing that I was concerned about was all the loose rock. We did of course have several ticks but it was rewarding to get to the red and yellow connection and let the older kids play in the creek. The very beginning of the trail is a steep decline with loose rock and that makes the very end of the trail a steep incline with loose rock. If we are able to do this trail again I think we will need to enter it from the red trail to not use the yellow trail entrance.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy-medium hike. Lovely. Do Not expect that much spectacular breathtaking scenery, but pleasant for a beautiful hike and maybe chat with friends. You can listen to your favorite music, or I would recommend getting rid of the freaky artificial sounds and listen to nature chirping.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

This trails has its ups and downs where one direction it is a hike with rocks and streams and then the other half is a flat grassland trail with a whole lot of mud right now. Still a good trail but boots are required this time of year!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

The trail is kept up well. A good portion of the trail is challenging with large rocks and roots and the other portion is in a lowland area that is very flat and fun to ride.

running
3 months ago

Great running trail! Decent elevation gain, and the trail is very well maintained.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

I was there 5 days ago. Beautiful trail with a few very nice streams. Snow was melting to the water was running nicely.

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

not very strenuous. first half is mostly flat.

hiking
7 months ago

this is on the easy side of moderate. and heavily trafficked on nice days. the hilly portions can be slick with leaves but 2/3rds or more of trail is flat bottomlands. very pretty landscape.

hiking
7 months ago

Well marked trail with hikers and mountain bikers.

hiking
8 months ago

the trail is the easy side of moderate. Pleasant walk through the woods, better than I expected.

hiking
8 months ago

Nicely marked trail with few people and enough variety to be interesting

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail that is well marked and maintained. Some slight uphills but nothing too challenging.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Fun trail, a bit of gnar in a few places. The roots and rocks to keep you attentive and the flow sections are fast. True to name, had a doe standing in the middle of trail as I rounded a corner. Worth a trip there to ride.

hiking
10 months ago

It says it's a moderate trail, but there are some challenging but, especially if it starts raining. Very nice trail, lots of variation.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a great trail and pretty much my go-to trail when I don't want to think too hard about where I'm going as it's very well marked. You can just enjoy the scenery here without having to use a lot of brainpower. There's a section that runs by an agricultural area and that part smells like cow manure but could be much worse!

recorded Deer Run Trail

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

Nice trail. Definitely more enjoyable when I’ve done it in the spring and winter. Really really buggy! But we are outside sooo it’s like complaining that water is wet.

hiking
muddy
Sat May 25 2019

hiking
Tue Mar 05 2019

A nice trail area. I find less busy than some others in the park. Still busy, but a very nice area. Very Pretty stream in many spots.

Fri May 18 2018

One of my favorite Rockbridge hikes.

hiking
Sun Feb 04 2018

This is a nice, easy-does-it kind of trail. It is by no means moderate and very easy, and would be good for kids. For grown-ups wanting a more challenging hike, not so... For example, the posted time at the trailhead is 2 hours and 45 minutes - I hiked it in 1 hour and 15 minutes. The trail is well blazed (yellow), clear and well-kept. If you hike it counter-clockwise, most of the trail is downhill, save for the last ¼ mile or so back to the parking lot. The one down(ish) side to this walk-in-the woods is the piles of doggy poo on the trial. Dog people, please, have fido do his business off-trail, for heaven’s sake!

hiking
Sun Jan 28 2018

Favorite trail at RBSP! Challenging enough to get a good workout, but still simple enough to enjoy my time in nature. I love how far from civilization I feel on this trail, very peaceful.

hiking
Thu Jan 18 2018

Fri Sep 22 2017

Moderate level was accurate. Saw a lot of different plants and trees. Different terrain though out the hike.

mountain biking
Thu Jul 06 2017

A good trail that gets some traffic due to the proximity to Columbia. We did the loop on Bikes, and it was a bit rough for an old timer with a non-shock Stumpjumper with on/off road tyres. However, it was a fun outing. Met about 4 people the entire length of the trail. Agree that the new markers might clear up some confusion about the trail, as it was pretty well blazed.

hiking
Sun Nov 06 2016

Yay for Park management! They replaced the faded trail markers with bright yellow ones and marked the trail more frequently. Being a novice I've been confused in the past. Trail does have a couple of creek crossings which are easy to navigate, especially in late summer through February. Inclines are moderate. Scenery more. Beautiful in spring and summer but rugged otherwise. I will return here more in the future as it is much more user friendly.

Sun Oct 30 2016

theres way to many people any not really any cool scenary.

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