Cross-State Cycling Routes in Missouri - Terrain Magazine

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Such is the simple joy of cross-country riding: discovering new places, meeting new people, having grand and happy adventures of your own. You can go as fast or slow as you want. You can stop any time you please. You can take side trips or maybe just get some ice cream and have a look at your new and unfamiliar surroundings.

With our location right in the middle of the United States, St. Louis sits at the hub of some of the country’s most significant cross-country cycling routes. Many of these are deeply historic, having drawn travelers for a hundred years or more. Think of classic highway systems like U.S. Route 66, or even earlier than that, paths taken by explorers such as Lewis and Clark, who found tracing rivers the best way to navigate as they studied new lands.

Here are five major cross-country routes in Missouri that both local and long-distance cyclists can enjoy, and what you can expect to encounter along each one.

MoBikeFed comment: The article talks about some of the major cross-state bicycle routes in Missouri, including the TransAmerica Trail (USBR 76), Bicycle Route 66 (USBR 66), the Way of American Genius bicycle route (paralleling US 36 in northern Missouri), the Mississippi River Trail/Great Rivers South, and the Lewis and Clark Trail.

In addition to those six routes, the American Discovery Trail runs through Missouri east/west and the new Butterfield Stage Experience gravel touring route runs from Jefferson City to Springfield.

Find out more about all of Missouri's major cross-state/cross-country routes here:

More about bicycle touring routes across Missouri--including a number of routes not mentioned above:

Missouri trails:

Missouri Gravel Grinder and Bikepacking routes: