Grindstone Nature Area Loop

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Twin Lakes Recreation Area

Grindstone Nature Area Loop is a 3.1 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, Missouri that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.1 km Elevation Gain: 22 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

Columbia, Mo., Intersection of Stadium Drive and old 63 Hwy, turn west, trail head on left 1/2mile

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

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8 months ago

On everything but the gravel trail (which I avoid anyway) dogs are allowed off leash, so it's the best for good decompression walks in the city at least, if you're into that sort of thing with your pup. With the side trails and the area that isn't mapped across the creek, you can make this loop into a 4-5 mile hike easily. The side trails can be cob-webby during the early season though.

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9 months ago

Good stuff

Fri Sep 22 2017

Grindstone nature area trail is not a loop, I got to Maguire Blvd and either it's not clearly marked how to continue or you just better turn back. This is about 1.5 miles into the trail. This is after you have crossed under the old 63 and interstate 63, not my idea of quiet morning nature walk.

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Thu Jun 15 2017

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Mon Mar 20 2017

Great walking trail but watch the map! The crushed rock trail turns to a dirt trail to complete the loop. If you don't pay attention to the map, you will miss the turn since it's not marked. We walked a mile before I looked at the map and realized we missed the turn. We never would found the loop without the map since it wasn't marked and you have to get off the crushed rock trail.

hiking
Mon May 07 2012

Nice little trail you can take the dogs off leash on the main path or on small side trails. Can see deer pretty readily and thousands of fireflies can light up the clearings in summer. Did have the dogs run right by a copperhead on the middle of the trail, so watch for that. The dogs can take a dip in Grindstone creek but if there has been heavy rain, the current can be a bit swift and deep.

running
Sun Jan 15 2012

I live a mile or so from here and it is a very nice place to run, nice gravel trail. Hiking is pretty limited though. There are some side trails but they are only a mile long. The gravel trail is 2 miles long (not 3.3) but it is a good point to point run, especially in the spring and fall.

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Fri Dec 24 2010

It snowed about five inches just before and while I was there. The trail was still easy to find. I hiked the trail versus mountain biking. It would be a nice trail for a short bike ride. Close to the university. A nice bluff view overlooking a large creek, woods and flat ground. Well worth the trip. A nice little jewel on the edge of town.

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6 months ago

recorded Grindstone Nature Area Loop

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