Shannon Bond
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St. Joseph Trails Bring Riders, Runners, and Hikers From Far and Wide

Bombing down a trail with huge berms, drops, and jumps has never sparked so much joy in St. Joseph, Mo. Mainly because until 2022, the downhill trails didn’t exist. But after millions of dollars invested, here they are, complete with wide gravel trails that allow first responders to access different sections. But it’s more than the downhill trails that draw people from far and wide; trails and features for every skill level span the cityscape, including paved and singletrack. A new bridge spans W. Highland Ave and connects the River Bluff trails to Wyeth Park trails so bikers, runners, and hikers don’t have to cross a busy street. It was named for Bob Simpson, a local businessman who advocated for tourism and trails. And for those who prefer paved or a mix of on and off-road, the parkway trails are accessible throughout the city. They connect to what locals call the lower four singletrack trails: Corby North and South, Girl Scout, Brownie, and Krug Park trails. Adventurers who want all the trails can connect from system to system with relatively brief road riding. And in some cases, such as Sunbridge to River Bluff to Wyeth, or between the lower four, with none at all.

“St. Joseph is a trail city, starting as far back as the early 1800s. We, through multi-use trails, are…” read more

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