5 Favorite KC Area Bike Trails
May is National Bike Month! After many cold, wet and windy months, it’s great to break out the bikes and enjoy some fresh air and exercise as a family! These are just a few of Kansas City’s nicest bike trails. Discover more local trails at http://KCBike.info/KCTrails/.
- Trolley Trail: This 6-mile paved trail connects the Country Plaza, Brookside and Waldo in southern Kansas City, MO. Why we love it: This is a great urban ride with many super lunch stops and shops along the way.
- Longview Lake Trail: Located in South KC and Lee’s Summit; take I-470 to Raytown Rd. south and follow signs toward the marina. Why we love it: The scenic trail passes lakeside views, woods, prairies and parks along the way, offering stopping points for a picnic.
- Smithville Lake Trail: This 4-mile (and growing) off-road trail is great for mountain bikers. Why we love it: Smithville Lake offers a scenic view for the rider to get out and enjoy nature.
- Mill Creek Streamway Park: One of the nicest paved trails in Johnson County, this 10+ mile byway runs along the creek from the Kaw River, south through Shawnee Mission Park, to 119th Street in Olathe. Why we love it: This popular trail offers a variety of scenery along the way.
- Shawnee Mission Park: The park offers mountain bike trails connecting to Mill Creek Streamway Park trails. Why we love it: Lake, woods and shelters make this a great choice for nature lovers.
The Ultimate Midwestern Weekend Bike Trip:
Katy Trail State Park: This 185-mile cross-state trail travels from Sedalia, MO, to St. Charles/St. Louis. You’ll find scenic rural towns, forests and Missouri River bluffs along the way—don’t forget the camera! Plan to camp at Missouri state parks along the way or stay in local inns.