MK&T fitness trail - TRAIL

MK&T fitness trail - Trail, Columbia, Missouri

easy ride, very similar to katy trail. chat covered roadway with several bridge crossings. trail goes through a nice wooded area for much of its' length. often has heavy jogger and bike traffic(jogging babes make for nice scenery, too). north end of trail ends in downtown columbia. reward yourself with a stop at the flat branch grill and micro-brewery, at the corner of 5th and cherry.

User Reviews (5)

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f3rg   Cross Country Rider [Oct 05, 2007]

MKT is a wide, almost entirely flat, shale-covered rail-to-trail project. It's smooth enough for road tires, and flat enough that you just ride in a seated position... forever, and ever and ever. Theoretically, you could start in downtown Columbia and end up in St. Louis (to the East) or Texas (to the West). The scenery is decent for Missouri, especially near the river. If you don't care for technical riding, or you like to ride a road bike and not worry about vehicle traffic, or if you're a recumbent rider, it's a great trail. Just remember to take a comfortable saddle, because you won't have much reason to stand up during the ride.

If there are too many walkers, kids on bikes waiting to run in front of you, or other bikers, just keep riding. The further you get from town, the less people there are.

Customer Service

Start in Columbia at the parking lot next to the MU power plant and ride to the main MKT trail (about 7 miles). Then head North another 9 miles or so to Rocheport. Have a sandwich and a drink, then turn around the return to Columbia.

Similar Products Used: Bear Creek trail is similar and can be found in North Columbia.
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3
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3
shoemaken   Cross Country Rider [May 16, 2004]

I could best describe this as a "family" trail. Very well-kepted, flat, and wide. If your looking for mountain biking, check out rock bridge state park, amoung several others in the Colombia area. As far as a general fitness trail, I'd give this trail a 5 out of 5.

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5
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2
smokey strodtman   [Jun 09, 2000]

this is another trail that is well-suited to families, beginning riders, and anyone wanting to do some training miles to increase their fitness level. several good single track trails are nearby. worst problem on this trail is the amount of traffic. best to ride it during the week or early in the morning. be sure to try the katy trail ale and the green chili beer at the flat branch. makes the whole trip worthwhile!

Customer Service

start on katy trail, head north on mk&t at mcbaine, end the day downtown in columbia with a beer and meal at flat branch micro-brewery, then check out all the neat stuff at cycle extreme on 6th st.

Similar Products Used: katy trail, rhett's run, rock bridge park.
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Barry   [Aug 14, 2000]

The MKT is a wonderful way to see a variety of wildlife, to take a relaxing spin with novices, or as part of a longer training ride.

The MKT is approximately 8 miles from the trailhead near Flat Branch Brewery (good, casual food and bears -- IPA's my favorite) to its junction with the Katy. Most of its length is shaded and it crosses several streams via some fairly tall bridges. For a rail/trail, it offers better than average scenery.

I frequently use the MKT, before work, as part of a 20-mile loop which includes several, hilly, gravel roads. Later in the day, it sees alot of foot traffic. The MKT is a great way to get through part of Columbia without car traffic.

The MKT is great for what it is ... it's just not a mountain bike trail.

Customer Service

As a connector between the city, the KATY and the hilly gravel roads southwest Columbia (e.g., Howards Orchard, Smith Hatchery, Woody Proctor, etc.)

Similar Products Used: Rhett's Run, Pine Ridge, Three Creeks.
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2
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Fred Gilbert   [Jul 29, 2001]

This is a most enjoyable experience, especially if the ride is on a week day when the foot traffic is not great. I used the trail to connect to the Katy Trail for a ride to Rocheport and back. This turned out to be a great three hour jaunt with a light lunch in Rocheport.

Customer Service

I started at Statium Road - Any access looks good.

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4
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