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5 Best Biking Trails in St. Louis for Summer
5 Best Biking Trails in St. Louis for Summer

Summer is a great time of year to stretch your legs, pump the tires, and wheel your way down a biking trail. Whether you’re exploring the Meramec or gliding down the Katy Trail, there are plenty of sights and sounds to see on a bike seat this summer.

Katy Trail State Park

Katy Trail State Park is arguably the most iconic bike path in St. Charles County. With West County trails bursting at the seams, more St. Louisans are trekking across the river (gasp!) to take advantage of the Katy Trail’s winding wonderment. The ten-mile stretch between Weldon Spring and Augusta is a hearty workout with beautiful scenery along the way. If you’re ready for a breather, pull into small town Matson for a short rest and some apple pie. You’ll be happy you stopped!

Dr. Edmund A. Babler State Park

Babler State Park is known for its bicycle paths paved to perfection and wide for any cyclist to enjoy. Its six featured routes twist and curve through the beauty of West County and will give you all the exercise you want. Babler State Park is a more popular place for cyclists, so prepare for some company to join you on your ride. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of room for everyone.

Castlewood State Park

If you want familiar and somewhat forgotten, look no further than Castlewood State Park. Castlewood features several beautiful trails that will appeal to a wide range of cyclist interest. It offers a select number of mountain bike trails and off-road excursions for the more adventurous to explore. The breathtaking trail view will take you along the Meramec River so you can experience the full beauty of being out in nature.

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Do you want to mix art and exercise? Then, you need to wheel over to Laumeier Sculpture Park. One of St. Louis’ most prized pathways meanders through some of St. Louis’ most iconic art sculptures. Almost two-dozen art pieces and sculptures line the route for cyclists and walkers to enjoy along the way.

Grant’s Trail

If you hear the name Grant’s Trail, your mind may immediately go to Clydesdale’s and being down on Grant’s Farm. In truth, Grant’s Trail winds along the property lines of Grant’s Farm before curving back into Whitecliff Park.

The first six miles of Grant’s Trail are paved for easy enjoyment while the remaining two miles turn into a dirt and gravel mixture for a more challenging ride. Parking is most accessible at Grant’s Farm where you can get ready for your ride and finish with the peace and quiet of Grant’s Farm in the summertime.

If you’re getting your bike ready for a long ride, it’s a good time to check your knees, hips, and ankles. Cycling is typically much easier on our bodies than running, but there are still certain conditions that warrant caution when cycling. If you’re experiencing any pain while cycling, it’s best to lower your gears and reduce your exertion. We want you to stay safe and healthy on the trail, so wear the proper equipment, drink plenty of water, pace yourself, and enjoy your ride!

Are you in pain while cycling? Your first step is scheduling an appointment with one of our board-certified physicians at Orthopedic Associates. Click here to schedule your next appointment.

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