Map of the M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail

Parking Icon Zoom in for parking icons FULL PAGE MAP

M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail

M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail Missouri map area

M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail


9 miles




Columbia, McBaine


Perche Creek, Twin Lakes Recreation Area, Forum Nature Area, 3M Flat Branch-Hinkson Creek Wetlands, Gustin Golf Course, University of Missouri, Downtown Columbia, local parks


Hinkson Creek Trail
Katy Trail



The M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail is a 9-mile long paved trail located in Central Missouri. The route of the trail extends from Downtown Columbia to the southwest where it intersects with the Katy Trail. The M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail connects with several other major trails, passes through a number of parks and goes past several other points of interest. The route of the trail goes through the downtown area, past the campus, then through residential areas and several of the large natural areas on the southwest side of town. Trail users will go across wetlands, past lakes and streams and through the woods.


The M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail is paved for the entire route. The trail is open for bike riding, running and walking.


The M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail goes through Columbia and reaches to McBaine.

Points of Interest

The M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail goes past the following points of interest

Flat Branch Park
Universtiy of Missouri
Grasslands Park
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden
3M Flat Branch-Hinkson Creek Wetlands
Forum Nature Area
Twin Lakes Recreation Area
Hinkson Woods Conservation Area
Katy Trail
Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area
Nearby Trails

The M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail intersects recreational trails within the many parks along its route. It also intersects the Hinkson Creek Trail and the Katy Trail.

Hinkson Creek Trail: the two trails meet in the woodlands south of Stadium Boulevard and east of Forum Boulevard.

Katy Trail: the two trails intersect at a point to the north of Burr Oak Road near the water plant, south of Columbia. The Katy Trail is 225-mile long rail trail that crosses the state of Missouri from St. Louis to Clinton.

End Points

The north end of the M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail is located at S. 4th Street, just south of Broadway. there is a small greenspace along the Flat Branch Creek at this location. A trailhead with parking is located a block south off of Elm Street.

The M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail goes past the following parks and other points of interest: Flat Branch Park, University of Missouri, Grasslands Park,  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden, Forum Nature Area, Twin Lakes Recreation Area, Hickson Woods Conservation Area, Jay Dix Station, Katy Trail.

The southwest end of the M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail is at Burr Oak Road. This is where the M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail intersects the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is a 225-mile long trail that extends across much of of the State of Missouri. The Katy Trail has a surface of packed crushed limestone and was built along an abandoned railroad right-of-way. The trail runs across the open country side of Missouri. It goes through farmland, across wetlands, over bridges and through thick forests. Much of the trail is located away from major roadways and has relatively few road crossings.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the M-K-T Nature & Fitness Trail in Columbia, Missouri