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Best local St. Louis biking trails to ride off that Thanksgiving Turkey

By: Dr. Nogalski

Thanksgiving is here and that means football, family, and feeling overstuffed after a turkey dinner. One of the best ways to get your metabolism up and burn off the Thanksgiving excess is to hit the bike trails around St. Louis.

Grant’s Trail

The long and winding Grant’s Trail passes along Grant’s Farm and into Whitecliff Park. The main loop is about eight miles long. The first six miles are paved and the next two miles are unpaved so plan accordingly. Park at Grant’s Farm and lace up your riding shoes for a beautiful scenic ride through the fall foliage.

Castlewood State Park

Castlewood State Park features eight beautiful trails for any level of cyclist to enjoy. There are some mountain bike trails and some road trails that travel along the Meramec River and through open meadows.

Katy Trail State Park

Katy Trail State Park is one of our best-kept secrets in St. Louis. A ten-mile between Weldon Spring and Augusta will give you a good workout and beautiful scenery. Stop in Matson for a quick breather and some apple pie. You won’t be sorry!

Dr. Edmund A. Babler State Park

One of Babler State Park’s best features is its paved paths for cyclists. There are six routes that wind through West County. Be sure to take refreshments with you because there are no stopping points along the way. Babler State Park is one of the more frequented locales for cyclists so prepare for some traffic along the trail.

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Who doesn’t love beautiful architecture and sculptures lining their trail? Laumeier Sculpture Park provides a paved tour of St. Louis’ most iconic art. There are over 20 sculptures to see on your two-wheel tour. Check their event calendar to see if they have any post-Thanksgiving events to enjoy on your ride.

As always, be sure to stretch, wear a helmet, and be safe on your bike ride. Enjoy the view from your seat and know that you’re adding years to your life by exercising today!





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