KATY Trail - No riding season would be
complete without a ride on the scenic KATY trail which extends from St. Charles westward
across the state to Sedalia MO. Organize your ride to include a visit to one of the areas
great Wineries (my favorite is Mt. Pleasant, located in Augusta).
Forest Park Bike Path
- the City of St. Louis is blessed with one of this country's great city
parks, Forest Park. It contains a
nice paved bicycle path that is approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) in length. This path is shared with runners, walkers and roller
bladers so be alert.
Sam Vadalabene Bike Path along the Great River Road
- Starts at trail head just north of Alton IL. Ride the Sam
Vadalabene Bike path northwest to Elsah, Grafton or Pere Marquette State Park. You can ride
a few short miles or take a nice long ride along Mississippi River. Some of the most scenic
miles are from Grafton to Pere Marquette State Park. Grafton is a good place to get a bite
- Trailnet is a developing 10 mile recreational greenway perfect for hiking,
biking, rollerblading and the enjoyment of nature. Poised along the Mississppi River, the
trail offers an experience with diverse wildlife and native plants without the distraction
of street traffic. It travels through a part of St. Louis history and along the edges of
old St. Louis neighborhoods. The Riverfront Trail begins at Lenore K. Sullivan and Biddle
Streets at the old Laclede Power building (about a half mile north of the Arch).
Riverfront Trail cue sheet with mileages and points of
Home to the Arch - An out and back to the St. Louis Riverfront and
the Arch. Starts at Southwest Park on South Rock Hill Road in Webster Groves and visits
downtown, the Riverfront, the Arch, Saint Louis U. and Forest Park on the return.
Starts at the Market Place in Columbia IL and travels south on Bluff Road through old Valmeyer to Prairie du Rocher. Nice ride on a Sunday morning. Stop for a cool down in front of the quarry cave openings just north of town. Stop by the grocery store for food and drink, then rest a while in the park a block or so to the west. The park has restroom facilities also. A nice metric century ride.
Starts at Southwest Park on south Rock Hill Road about 3/10 mile south of Big Bend. Nice evening ride that is easily chnaged to modify the mileage. This is the basic route that I do more than any other. More enjoyable in non-rush hour times. Travels through Webster Groves, Glendale and Kirkwood MO.
Starts at Southwest Park on south Rock Hill Road about 3/10 mile south of Big Bend in Webster Groves MO. A century ride plus along the mighty Mississippi River. First leg is downtown via River Des Peres and Broadway. Then up the Riverfront Trail to Chain of Rock Bridge, across the Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge, then along the Confluence Trail to Alton. The last leg uses the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail along IL Route 100, also known as the Great River Road.
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