Kansas City Area (Missouri and Kansas)

Recommended Offroad/Moutain Bike Areas

With 100+ miles of trails within 30 miles of Downtown, Kansas City provides surprisingly great mountain biking opportunities. Be sure to check EarthRiders' trail list for detailed descriptions, directions, and maps for most of these trails.

Landahl Park Reserve
Several miles of excellent MTB trails in eastern Jackson County, just north of Blue Springs, MO. Several options for moderate to difficult riding. Landahl is one of the best and most MTB areas in the KC area. Also known as Lake City Park. Map from Earthriders. (Jackson County, Missouri Parks & Rec)

Blue River Parkway
Great trails along the river, various difficulty. In far southern Kansas City, MO near Holmes and Red Bridge Roads. The link above is a volunteer site with great info and maps, see also the County's page. (JaCoMo and KCMO Parks)

Shawnee Mission Park
Some mountain bike trails in Johnson County. This park connects to the Mill Creek Streamway Park trails. (Johnson County, KS Parks & Rec)

Truman Sports Complex Trail
New trail next to Kauffman and Arrowhead Stadiums. Haven't tried this one yet, but it sounds cool. (JaCoMo Parks)

Smithville Lake
Newly developing trails at the north end of the metro area include both technical and friendly sections. Several rocky areas and stream crossings. Probably the best scenery of all area trails, including dense woods, lake views, deer and other wildlife. 4-5 miles and growing. So far these trails are relatively undiscovered and less crowded than Landahl or Blue River. (Clay Co. MO Parks Dept.)

Lake of the Ozarks Trails
Two excellent trails around Osage Beach, at the Lake of the Ozarks. For information and maps, stop by Oz Cycles (www.ozcycles.com or 573-348-6221) near the Wal-Mart on Hwy. 54. Horseshoe Bend Trail is an unmarked trail near Lodge of Four Seasons. Trail of Four Winds is located inside Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Both are excellent, lots of ups and downs, rocky terrain, in the woods. As of spring 2003 a new trail system is under construction in the state park, and will eventually total 50 miles.

Also: MtbReview's list of 70-plus Missouri trails

Recommended Paved/Gravel Trails

Trolley Track Trail
Popular multi-use trail in south-central KCMO. Runs along Brookside Blvd. from the Plaza to 85th Street. Beautiful ride through the South Plaza, Brookside, and Waldo neighborhoods. 6 miles. Here is an alternate page with better map (PDF). Althought it looks like the trail stops in the Brookside neighborhood, just keep going through the parking lot for two blocks and the trail resumes. (KCATA)

Longview Lake Trail
Short paved trail along the lake in southern KCMO & Lee's Summit. From I-470 take Raytown Rd. south and follow signs towards the marina. (JaCoMo Parks)

Little Blue Trace Trail
In eastern Independence along the Little Blue River, from 24 Hwy south to I-70. Crushed gravel. Popular trailhead east of Little Blue Parkway and north of I-70, across from the new stip mall. (JaCoMo Parks)

Mill Creek Streamway Park
Really nice paved trail in Johnson County, KS. Runs along the creek from the Kaw River, south through Shawnee Mission Park, to 119th Street in Olathe. 13-15 miles parallel to I-435. Map. (JoCo KS Parks)

Indian Creek / Tomahawk Creek Greenways
Very nice paved trails in southern Johnson County, KS, connecting a few different neighborhood parks. Now extending eastward into southern KCMO. (Cities of Overland Park, KS and Leawood, KS)

KATY Trail State Park
Excellent cross-state rail trail in Missouri - 185 miles - Sedalia to St. Charles/St. Louis. Very popular trail with many small towns every 10 miles. Prettiest is section is from Rocheport eastward, along the Missouri River bluffs. (Missouri State Parks)

Prairie Spirit Rail Trail
Located in Ottawa, Kansas. This trail is approximately 20 miles long.

Des Moines and Central Iowa

Iowa trails at mtbREVIEW.com

Iowa.com Multiuse Trail Guide

Neal Smith Trail (a.k.a Saylorville Trail)
Very excellent trail from Downtown Des Moines out to Saylorville and Big Creek Lakes. Starts in the city and goes out into the country, passing through fields and woods. Connects to several campgrounds and parks on the lake. 20-25 miles, paved.

Great Western Trail
Rail trail from Water Works Park in DM to rural Warren County. Passes the airport and goes through the middle a golf course! 15 miles, newly paved.

Raccoon River Trail
From Waukee in the far western suburbs to Yale in rural Dallas County. Nice ride through several small towns, many portions tree-lined. paved. 57 miles.

Chichaqua Valley Trail
Starts in eastern Polk County and ends in western Jasper County. Nice ride through the Iowa countryside. Paving in progress.

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