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MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

The MKT Trail is an 8.9 mile trail through Columbia used for bicycling, hiking, jogging, walking, and cross country skiing.

Park Facilities

352 acres (includes Forum Nature Area)
8.9 mile multi-use trail (4.7 miles – City of Columbia, 4.2 miles – Boone County)
Bicycling, hiking, jogging, walking
Cross country skiing
Fitness stations (at Stadium and Forum trailheads)
Drinking fountains
“Voices from the Past” – Cell Phone Guided Tour of Memorial Benches along the trail
Flat Branch Park – Trailhead
MKT Trail Plaza – (Providence & Stewart Rd.)
Forum Nature Area & Trail
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden
Playfields at Scott Blvd. Access
Restrooms at Stadium, Forum (open year round), and Scott Blvd. (open year round)

Major Accesses:

  • Trailhead – Flat Branch Park, 101 S. 4th St.
  • 501 S. Providence Rd. (No parking)
  • 800 W. Stadium Blvd.
  • 2701 Forum Blvd
  • 3662 Scott Blvd.

The MKT is Columbia’s premiere trail. This 10-foot wide trail built on the old railbed of the MKT railroad begins in downtown Columbia in Flat Branch Park at 4th and Cherry Streets. The all-weather crushed limestone surface provides opportunities for walking, jogging, running, and bicycling. The City’s 4.7 mile MKT links to Boone County’s 4.2 miles of trail at the southwest edge of the city at Scott Blvd. The County’s trail connects with the State of Missouri’s Katy Trail State Park near McBaine. The distance from the start of the MKT Trail to the Katy Trail is 8.9 miles. The KATY Trail extends for over 200 miles from St. Charles in eastern Missouri to Sedalia in western Missouri.