Karst Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, Missouri that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 75 feet Route Type: Loop

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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.

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over grown
27 days ago

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over grown
2 months ago

Seed ticks galor! Yikes!

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2 months ago

Trails are not well marked. What I thought would be an easy to follow loop, was anything but. The only reason I didn’t get lost, was that I had the All Trails app running and could see where I was in relation to the trail. The trails through the woods were not always blazed in red as promised. There are multiple mowed path “cut throughs” that are not marked on any map, paper or GPS. Do not go without All Trails, you will get turned around or lost. Sometimes the wooded trail was difficult, if not impossible to find from the uncovered trail. Good luck. The sink holes are cool.

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bugs
off trail
2 months ago

We had an enjoyable walk through prairie and woodland, with minimal change in elevation. There were many wildflowers. Part of the trail had not been mowed and we couldn’t get through, but other paths were available. Eventually we got back on the trail on the map. We ended up walking 2.7 miles rather than the stated 1.75, but it was all pleasant.

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bugs
over grown
4 months ago

It was a very average trail. Pretty enough I'm glad it did it once, but I probably won't go again. The ticks were absolutely insane (I picked at least 30 off my dog) and the trail was pretty overgrown.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Like to get all my dog out here.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Gave a 3 because of the uniqueness of the sink holes. Otherwise very ordinary.

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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Very easy hike with well-groomed trail. Some pretty wooded sections, but altogether underwhelming scenery. Good for a very short little jaunt and for walking with dogs.

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Sunday, August 09, 2015

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.

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Thursday, July 05, 2018

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

recorded First Karst Trip

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