Spring is arriving, and that means more time in the great outdoors! Check out a few of our favorite parks and trails below, and find out what you shouldn’t miss out on.
What to do: The MKT Trail is a CoMo favorite. Walk, run, bike – even work out at the fitness stations located at the Stadium and Forum trailheads. The trail stretches for 8.9 miles from Flat Branch Park in downtown Columbia until it reaches the Katy Trail near McBaine
Don’t miss the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden, located at the Stadium trailhead. The structure includes eight columns, each of which holds an excerpt from King’s writings.
What to do: Cosmo Park has something for everyone – trails, soccer and football fields, tennis and volleyball courts, a skate park, an off-leash area for dogs, playgrounds, a mountain bike trail, and more. Pack a lunch and take a break in one of the park’s nine shelters.
Don’t miss the newly-renovated Steinberg Playground, which includes an updated version of a beloved past favorite, the rocket ship, along with dinosaur features, a tire climbing area, slides, swings, and other play structures. The playground is the largest in Columbia’s park system and will keep the kids entertained for hours.
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
What to do: You can hike, bike, and even horseback ride (Gans Creek Trail) through Rock Bridge Memorial State Park’s 20+ miles of trails. With so many trails, you’re certain to find one suited to your level of adventure.
Don’t miss the park’s natural karst features. While Devil’s Icebox cave is currently closed to protect the bats that inhabit it, you can explore Connor’s Cave from May through September. Be sure to check out the natural rock bridge that gave the park its name.
Twin Lakes Recreation Area
What to do: Twin Lakes Recreation Area can be used for non-motorized boating, fishing, and jogging, and includes a playground and shelter area. In the summer months, take the kiddos to Little Mates Cove swim area to cool off.
Don’t miss the off-leash dog parks – Lakeside Dog Park for dogs of all sizes and Paws Pond Dog Park for small dogs. Your pooch will love making new friends and swimming in the lake.
Finger Lakes State Park
What to do: Activities at Finger Lakes State Park include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, and camping. Finger Lakes is one of only two ATV parks in the state park system – you can use the 5.25 mile trail or explore the 900 acres of open riding area designated for ATVs. The park offers both basic and electric campsites, and showers are available April-October. Also available to park users are a swimming beach and boat ramp.
Don’t miss the 4.5 mile water trail on Peabody Lake. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent from the park office March 15 – November 15.
Get out there and enjoy CoMo’s awesome opens in a new windowparks and trails.