Visitors can enjoy exercise and beauty scenery along Al Foster Trail.Photo courtesy St. Louis County Parks.
St. Louis County Parks is encouraging parents to help kids take the first steps toward an active lifestyle with its 30/30 HIKES Program. Through the program, St. Louis County Parks has designated 30 local trails that can each be completed in about 30 minutes.
The goal of the program is to make it easy for families to get 30 minutes of exercise each day. A map of the 30/30 trails may be downloaded for free at stlouisco.com/parksandrecreation. Maps may also be purchased for $10 at St. Louis County recreation centers. Participants can also pick up punch cards to help track which trails they've completed. When punch cards are full they may be exchanged for a free hiking patch. The trails feature a variety of natural features, and those finishing all 30 trails will have walked approximately 55 miles and completed an estimated 15 hours of exercise.
"The program was launched in summer of 2007 and has been very popular and introduced people to many parks that they would otherwise not known were there," said Kyra Kaltenbronn, manager of Parks Program Services for St. Louis County Parks.
St. Louis County Parks also offers a 10/10 Bikes program, which highlights 10 trails that are 10 miles in length. A free map of the 10/10 Bike trails may also be downloaded at stlouisco.com/parksandrecreation. Both programs are great ways to log miles toward completing the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge. Now in its third year, the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge was implemented by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to encourage every Missourian to run, walk, bike, paddle, swim or roll a total of 100 miles each year on Missouri trails.
For more information about 30/30 HIKES and 10/10 Bikes, call 314-615-8822.