Downtown to delight without a crossroad: Columbia’s MKT Trail


At six miles one way, last month’s interlude on Columbia, Missouri’s MKT Trail wasn’t the longest of the year. But it was the longest stretch we’ve pedaled without encountering a stop sign or traffic light.

What makes that especially impressive is the trail’s starting point.

The half-city, half-county multi-use corridor begins near the heart of Columbia (2012 population 113,225 not including more than 30,000 students) at the intersection of Fourth and Cherry streets and runs 8.9 miles before meeting the Katy Trail, which, in turn, stretches more than 200 miles east to west.

If you have more time that we did, I recommend riding the whole thing. It’s definitely on my bucket list.


About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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