Explore the most popular paved trails in Missouri with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great for kids. Nice trails.

The half-circle around the pond is paved, as is the bit reached by hopping on a few stones across the stream (waterproof shoes recommended!). A large horse farm is located by the long straight stretch, with lots of grazing horses to admire. The rest is dirt and wood chips. Nice, no trash, and the occasional informative sign about watersheds and forests. Not many people out on a cool winter afternoon, but saw 3 whitetail deer, a beaver, lots of ducks, and what appeared to be large koi fish in the pond!

I love this trail it’s great for families with smaller kids because of the paved surface but it’s still beautiful and a lot of breathtaking views of the lake lots of wildlife. My older boys ride bikes while I walk with my baby girl in her stroller so it works out great for my family.

Great walk around a lake. As a gem of a park in Columbia, it can get really busy. Still worth the gander.

It is all paved, so it's very easy. The Eastern half of the trail is scenic, following along the river. The Western half is flat, straight as an arrow, and boring. Good place for an hour walk if your schedule is sort of tight. It's also a good place to walk the dog.

When I go there, I do an out and back on the river side of the trail.

The very short walk to the Southern side of the Missouri and Mississippi River confluence is well maintained.

Nice stretch of paved trail along the river. Very easy and flat.

Not typical hiking but okay trail with lots of interesting sculptures to see.

hiking
9 days ago

my family and I love the paved trails and the unpaved trails...just a wonderful few hours spent with family in nature!!

Nice paved trails. Has a few steep spots, but has plenty of benches for resting.

January 5 walked it with two of my sons! Beautiful sunny day, plenty of places to stop n rest lots of benches, bridges and birds

New Years Day Hike! What a nice paved trail to start the year off with! Did all 3 trails and was an excellent way to not sit on the couch!

15 days ago

Not much of a hike but still nice. The castle is very cool and will visit again.

This trail is on the easy side of moderate. Compared to other moderate trails of similar length, like Powder Valley and Lime Kiln, this is a cake walk. Well paved, with some extended shallow to moderate inclines, but no steep hills. Take it slow for a leisurely stroll, or pick up the pace for a cardio workout. Excellent for joggers.

This trail is on the easy side of moderate. Compared to other moderate trails of similar length, like Powder Valley and Lime Kiln, this is a cake walk. Well paved, with some extended shallow to moderate inclines, to but no steep hills. Take it slow for a leisurely stroll, or pick up the pace for a cardio workout. Excellent for joggers.

Excellent for jogging AND biking.

It’s a great workout for a straight shot, but did not like the crossing at Ambassador and 152 near Skyview. Almost got hit by a car who drove through the crossing at the light.

trail is flat, paved and along the levee unremarkable. Would suggest you do levee portion first as the return will be along the Mo. river with a couple of benches and two benches with table for 4. Nice views of the river and St Charles

paved, multi use, flat, semi boring, but gets you outside and moving

hiking
1 month ago

a decent trial for being paved

walking
1 month ago

Definitely not a hike, but if you're into art and like the outdoors, walking around the sculpture park is such a pleasant way to spend the afternoon. It's one of my favorite places in St. Louis.

Easy trail! Amazing birds!

walking
1 month ago

Great for beginner, also had dog with.

Nice trail for a quick walk in the woods.

Nice paved tail through the woods and along a creek. Limestone caves along the far end of the trail (fenced of for safety) provide cooling breezes on warm summer evenings. This used to be a limestone operation but is now home to bats which can be seen in the evenings. There are also unpaved trails and the trail system is being constantly improved. Easy to access with plenty of good parking. Highly recommend this trail for a quick outing.

hiking
1 month ago

Very birdy paved city trail that runs next to a creek almost the entire length. Saw a Belted Kingfisher and Red Shouldered Hawk, among several other species.

Very nice trail. Don’t let the fact that it is paved keep you from taking it. There are lots of ups and downs and the scenery in mid-November is very nice with the ravines and creek and fallen leaves. Not at all busy on a grayish and cool morning prior to noon but others started arriving early afternoon.

1 month ago

great! love the treehouse by Pete Nelson

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