Deer Run Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews

Deer Run Trail is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, 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
334 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

forest

river

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.

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mountain biking
1 month ago

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.

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hiking
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

no one there- and many spider webs to walk through