Little Blue Trail is a 14.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Independence, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

14.8 miles
301 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running


bird watching

partially paved



wild flowers

3 months ago

Great trail and so close to so many potential riders and walkers.

4 months ago

This is a great trail. It is a good practice trail for biking the Katy Trail, but this has more dips and hills than the Katy. Also, this has plenty of parking as well as stops around restaurants, play grounds, QuikTrip, and it is safe. You can ride as little as a mile or do the whole thing down and back for a 28 mile ride. One of the best in the area.

nature trips
5 months ago

I feel Amazing,I can't wait to pick up where I left off. It's like a book u can't put down:-) lol

road biking
7 months ago

Absolutely awesome and beautiful trail! We started at the trailhead off of Lee's Summit Rd. and went up to about 23rd St.. Most of trail is wooded and very beautiful, even the sections around the business areas were immaculately manicured and were concrete which was really nice. Also loved that the trail never crossed any roads and was really smooth the entire way and really enjoyable. Loved the emergency call stations placed throughout the trail also. Cool that there are sidewalks which branch off to eating and shopping areas also. Very awesome ride!

8 months ago

I absolutely love this trail, it's the best one in the whole Independence area. I've grown up biking and hiking this trail my whole life. You can plan a section or you can make a whole day of it and go the distance. If you park at either end of the trail and complete the round trip it's around 30 miles so hydrate and bring snacks. Take you time and enjoy!

9 months ago

just opened app and it looks like a well put together app. can't wait too put it too use. thanku.

11 months ago

Nice trail, it gets used by quite a bit of people. There's no question of where the trail is. It is not a loop trail so you'll have to either park a vehicle at the start and at the finish, or you'll have too turn around and hike back.

road biking
Sunday, December 17, 2017

This is my favorite off-road biking trail in Eastern Jackson Co. The new 1.5 mile or so addition of trail West of Lee’s Summit road makes this a great out and back cycling trail that will give a little more than 30 miles of riding for a day. You’ll see some wildlife along the way including deer, squirrels, bird varieties, and turkey once in a while. It winds through open prairie, wooded forests, shopping areas, and over and under bridges. It’s a must-do in Independence, MO!

road biking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Nicely maintained trail in the city with many entry points. This is an easy trail for walking and biking without big hills or uneven surfaces.

road biking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Awesome trail! Several entry and exit points, one is near a McDonalds another is near Cold Stone for example. People we encounter who are walking, running and riding have been friendly.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This is a fun ride that is rated easy, which it is. The trail is well planned out and maintained. It also offers wildlife and beautiful scenery.

trail running
Sunday, June 18, 2017

I've been running this trail for years and I really like the sections between 24hwy and 78hwy. That stretch is very wooded, great views of the little blue river, small bridges and even a path under the railroad. Any more South from 78 is very open and exposed and kinda boring. If you're running, expect to see a lot of cyclists which means they probably won't give you the time of day as to smile at you or nod their head. Once you get over that and simply enjoy the scenery, it's a great trail.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

rode this trail today, we did the full trail in an out in about 4 hours !

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

burns a lot of calories just waking. good trail

road biking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Very nice trail completed roundtrip in about 5 hours.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Solid trail, well marked. I always try and get 2-3 legs in of this trail when I go to KC every few months.

road biking
Thursday, November 03, 2016

finished entire trail complete loop. trail is great for all styles of bikes.

road biking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

I finally completed the Lil blue trail.
when I started riding again, I guess I was a little snooty, i didn't want to get my bike all dirty, so I avoided the gravel trails in our area. what a mistake, I put a little wider tire on my hybrid road bike. This trail i would recommend this to anybody just starting or just getting back into riding. There are several reasons I would so highly recommend this trail to novice, nowhere else will you see so many riders without helmets, or just regular clothes, i didn't see one person that reminded me of a NASCAR, you know what I'm saying. I also am pretty sure that I saw a guy with overalls on drinking a beer while riding. I like down to earth people, oh yeah this trail is almost completely flat.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Great year-round trail for biking or walking. Mixed landscapes and easily accessible from many areas.

trail running
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Mostly flat with mixed gravel and pavement. Nice spot for when you need to clock a longer run. Trail has several people walking, running and biking and I generally feel safe.

trail running
Monday, August 29, 2016

beautiful place in the middle of the city you would never know it's there, but it's beautiful for a run or a bike and lots of really nice people out there

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pea gravel mostly with occasional concrete sections. Great scenery. Good for learning to ride or for fast cardio. No technical run offs or options though.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Lots of fun! If you go at sunset the trail is beautiful, and since its 75% out in the open, it's a lot nicer with shade. I would definitely recommend, though.

road biking
Monday, June 27, 2016

I love the variety of this very long trail.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nice easy trail. Wheelchair accessible for the most part.

trail running
Friday, May 27, 2016

Good for a long run

Monday, May 16, 2016

Great trail for kids and pets. The scenery is beautiful, especially within the large sections of trees and little rivers. Love it! I have only hiked 4 miles of it, but plan to get a bike soon to complete the full length in a bike ride.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I really like this trail. Flat, but secluded and really pretty in the fall!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The thing I loved about this trail is the amount of distance it spans. You can follow this trail for upwards of 10+ miles from the trailhead. While there isn't much change in elevation, nor is it very secluded like some would prefer (a good amount of the trail runs through a commercialized/industrious part of town), it is well maintained and great for everyone, young & old.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Great distance trail to train on if you plan on distance hiking. Terrain is smooth with very few inclines. Trailhead is actually at the other end down Blue Hills, not what the app says. Also, app reads 14 miles but description says 12 miles. Plan on going 14 miles plus if you are doing the whole thing. Great feature of the trail is that every .2 miles is marked on poles the entire length to monitor your distance, which starts down Blue Hills not the trailhead listed on the app.

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