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MKT Trail

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A scenic trail that follows the old rail-bed of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway.


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9.3

Miles

15.0

KM

100%

Runnable

699' 213 m

High

569' 173 m

Low

72' 22 m

Up

194' 59 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (1°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The backbone of Columbia’s ever-expanding trail system is the popular 8.9-mile MKT Trail. This 10-foot-wide, crushed limestone surfaced trail built on the old rail-bed of the MKT railroad begins in downtown Columbia in Flat Branch Park and connects with the 250-mile cross-state Katy Trail.

The MKT Trail routes through beautiful landscapes, including wooded hillsides and attractive rock formations, with various trailside attractions along the way. Three trailheads offer parking, restrooms, and picnic areas. The MKT Trail derives its name from its predecessor—the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway.

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Land Manager: City of Columbia

Shared By:

Josh Adams with improvements by Zac Nixon

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Cells of the wetland system
Jul 13, 2020 near Columbia, MO
West alignment of loop trail, looking Eastward.  Divides wetlands and bottom land woods habitat, on the left.
Jul 13, 2020 near Columbia, MO
Views along the trail.
Nov 9, 2019 near Columbia, MO
View of primary wetland cell looking West
Jul 13, 2020 near Columbia, MO
3M Wetlands - View from M-K-T trail of covered observation platform
Jul 13, 2020 near Columbia, MO

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