Photo courtesy St. Louis County Parks.Take a family bike ride on the Lakeview Loop at Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park.
Pedal your way to family fun with a variety of great St. Louis bike trails. It doesn't matter if you have a young child literally in tow, a kid in training wheels or just mastering two wheels, or a future Tour de France champion, these bike trails provide a great adventure for the entire family.
Lakeview Loop at Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park The glassy Creve Coeur Lake provides a beautiful background for the 3.7-mile Lakeview Loop at Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park, a great destination for young bike riders. Access the paved loop trail at parking lots near the Tremayne Shelter at the north end of the lake or near the Taco Bell Shelter at the south end of the lake. Be sure to stop and check out Dripping Springs and look for rowers on the water (Creve Coeur Lake is home to the St. Louis Rowing Club). Creve Coeur Lake is at 2348 Creve Coeur Mill Road, St. Louis, MO; for more information about trails, download the trail map.
DeLyte Morris Bike Trail and Madison County Transit Trails With more than 100 miles of trails in Madison County, biking options seem limitless, not to mention overwhelming, for those not knowing where to start. A beautiful trail is the DeLyte Morris Bike Trail, 2.8 miles of paved and largely wooded trail that traverses the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Along the way, you'll pedal by The Gardens at SIUE, so be sure to stop and meander through the 35-acre botanical garden. For a longer ride, continue along the MCT Goshen Trail to the east and the MCT Bluff Trail to the west. For more information, visit the MCT website.
Grant's Trail Formerly part of the Missouri Pacific railroad line, the 8-mile Grant's Trail is wide, paved and flat. The trail stretches between the Orlando Gardens Trailhead, 4300 Hoffmeister Ave., St. Louis, MO, and the intersection of Leffingwell Avenue and South Holmes Avenue in Kirkwood. Construction to extend Grant’s Trail to connect it with the River des Peres Greenway is underway, and the southern trailhead near Orlando’s is closed until June 24. Greenway users cannot enter or exit the greenway at Orlando’s, but can use the temporary parking lot adjacent to the greenway on Reavis Barracks. Save the date and stop by the ribbon cutting celebration anytime between 2-4 p.m. on June 24. For more information about Grant's Trail, download the trail map.
Inner Loop Trail at Route 66 State Park With its storied past, Route 66 State Park (97 North Outer Road, Eureka, MO) provides a haven for young cyclists. Once a summer resort area along the Meramec River, toxins literally closed the town. With a cleanup that is now heralded as one of the nation's environmental success stories, the area boasts flat roads and parking lots that, most days, see more cyclists than cars. The majority of the 2-mile Inner Loop Trail is actually the shoulder of a one-way road through the park, and it's short enough to be tackled by kids riding with training wheels. For the youngest of riders, whose attention shifts quickly, there's a playground, ponds and wetlands to explore. For more information, visit the park's website.
Dardenne Greenway at Rabbit Run Park-hoppers will love this stretch of the Dardenne Greenway in St. Peters. The paved trail links several area parks as it winds its way from Woodlands Sports Park (1 Woodlands Parkway, St. Peters, MO) to trails at Dardenne Park (175 Dew Court, St. Peters, MO). Additional trails in the area connect Dardenne Greenway to Rabbit Run Park and Glenn Travis Park. The trail features a bridge spanning Dardenne Creek, and extensive native landscaping add to the beauty of the bike route. For more information about these trails, visit the City of Cottleville's website.
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