Trails to Bike in Say States

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By Madeline Klein

Colorado

Colorado is principally known for its winding hills and beautiful mountains. While this might mean a more challenging ride, it also provides an extensive list of trails to explore. Lucky for us, Colorado’s website highlights some of the best!

Boreas Pass is a beginner trail for bikers in Breckenridge. It spans 6 miles and is classified as a “great family ride” through the mountains. Plan to park at the Bakers Tank Trailhead and take off on an exciting adventure with your kiddos!

Zippity-Doo-Da is located in Fruita. Let’s admit it, this name alone makes us want to hop in a car and take the trip immediately. This one is a little longer and trickier than Boreas Pass, checking in at 8 miles. It’s a loop, so you might want to go around again if once isn’t enough. Intense hills and steep edges galore await you!

Illinois

When you think Illinois, the first thing that might come to mind is Chicago, but so much more awaits you in this amazing state. Let’s step outside of the windy city to check out some incredible bike trails!

Constitution Trail can be found across 42 miles of the Bloomington-Normal area. If you’re a history buff, this trail is more than just a place to bike. In 1987, this trail got its official name and dedication in celebration of the United States Constitution’s 200th anniversary.

Warning: Snacks Ahead. The path leads you by the Beer Nuts production plant, so if you need a little energy boost, check out the store!

Rock Island Trail in the Peoria area has some fun attractions along the way, so biking is more like your mode of transportation to these destinations. On the southern area you’ll find a Riverfront Museum and the Caterpillar Visitor Center with a variety of equipment on display.

Kansas

Paved or unpaved? If you’re a frequent biker, you might have a preference. Even if you don’t, don’t fret because Kansas has all variations of trails for you to explore! Maybe you’ll discover your “fave” along the way.

Indian Creek Trail checks the paved trail box. A lengthy 17 miles means it’s not for the faint of heart. Fun fact about this one is that it connects Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, and Leawood. Kansas Cyclist informs us it’s “generally level and flat, although there are some tight turns and short steep sections”, so be warned!

Antioch Park is a two-fer, or maybe an eight-fer? Lots to do here means it might become a fam favorite! You can play on a playground, eat a picnic at one of the shelters or picnic areas, play a little basketball or tennis, sit by the lake, hike, and last but not least go, for a bike ride.

Missouri

Mid MO is our stomping ground, so we’ve been able to check some of these trails out for ourselves. Rest assured, they are most definitely a good ride!

MKT Trail earned its name from the railroad line that ran between Missouri, Kansas, and Texas. Along this trail you’ll pass Perche and Hinkson Creeks, in case you want to hop off your bike and enjoy. Trail Link recommends a hybrid bike for this terrain! Just be careful, a wrong turn could take you straight into our next trail recommendation!

Katy Trail is mindblowing. This trail is 237 miles and stretches across the majority of Missouri. You’ll get the full Missouri experience with this trail, as you’d expect due to the length of it! We have river bluffs, farmland, bridges, and tons of scenery to enjoy.

Tennessee

If you need a break from the amazing country music and BBQ scene in Tennessee, one of these bike trails could be just the hiatus for you!

Chattanooga Riverwalk doesn’t even require you to own your own bike! Chattanooga has a bike share program with docking stations along the river for a convenient grab and go! This trail just might have it all – food and drinks, amenities, boating ramps, art districts, and even the Tennessee Aquarium. You may want to stay here all day.

Kingsport Greenbelt is located in Kingsport, we know, that’s shocking! A great opportunity to explore Kingsport, this pathway will take you through some beautiful scenes in nature. It features streams, marshland, and meadows but also runs through the city’s downtown area with schools, activity centers, and neighbors on the guide map.

Scope out these trails in our Say states and report back how they were! We’d love to hear about your experiences on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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Madeline Klein is Say's Digital Content Producer. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism, emphasis in Strategic Communication. Her experience is in writing and digitial media. Madeline loves using her creativity to write and design new and exciting pieces of work for Say!

Posted May 7, 2020 in Fun Stuff.