MO trail news roundup

Winter is a great time for a little trail riding, so here is a roundup of news bits about trails from around Missouri:

Busiek single track trails near Springfield
According to a Springfield News-Leader article:
Where: About 15 miles south of Springfield on U.S. 65. Look for a sign and a left-turn lane at the bottom of a steep hill. . . .

More than 15 miles of designated trails — some easy, some difficult, some in-between — cover 2,502 rugged acres in the conservation area, which flanks U.S. 65 about eight miles south of Ozark. Designated trails have signs and are regularly maintained, with the trail route shown on an area map or brochure available at the trailhead.
The DirtWorld trails list has more details.

Elevated trail in St. Louis
According to a Post-Dispatch column:
A soot-blackened railroad trestle in near north St. Louis is going to become perhaps the most interesting bicycle and hiking path in the city.

The publicly funded Great Rivers Greenway District reached a rather bold conclusion: The best way to build a path among Interstate 70, numerous dead-end streets and warehouses was to go over them rather than around.
St. Charles county a mountain biking hotspot
According to a Post-Dispatch article:
A year from now, St. Charles County should have a 50 percent increase in its miles of mountain-biking trails, solidifying its lead as the region's prime area for off-road cyclists.

John Donjoian, founder of Gateway Off-Road Cycling, is pleased by the expansion. He said mountain bikers from throughout the Midwest are discovering the trails that lace many of St. Charles County's wooded hillsides.

"We have a great reputation going right now," said Donjoian, whose group designed and, with volunteer labor, built many of the twisting trails situated in St. Charles County parks.

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