Level: Easiest
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 1 riders

Mountain Biking Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

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#131 of 166 mountain bike trails in Missouri
#15,689 in the world

The Upper Mississippi River Project offers extensive opportunities for water-based recreation, ranging from backwater hunting and fishing to long-distance cruising in the main channel.

Although this area focuses on water-based fun, there are still some biking opportunities to be explored. Most of these are on roads or crushed gravel trails that run alongside the Mississippi River, and offer beautiful views.

First added by TrailAPI on Jun 6, 2013. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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38.869602, -90.185505
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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    I revisited this location last weekend to find out the true riding opportunities here. I'll say right up front that any natural surface trails are hiking only. Biking opportunities exist mainly on pavement where you can visit Maple Island, Ellis Island, and the Lincoln-Shields area. You can also bike across the river on the Clark Bridge and access a trail system that can take you south to St. Louis or farther north along the river. In addition a gravel road from the Maple Island area will take you into Confluence Point State Park. Some short, crushed limestone greenway trails are available on Ellis Island and west from the Lincoln-Shields parking lot. The entire Riverlands area is interesting and worth a visit, just don't expect to ride any singletrack.

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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    Since I was in the area I visited this listed "trail" in the hope of finding a good new place to ride. The directions took me to the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. I wasn't able to locate any trails to ride in the short time I had. A little research on the internet showed that the area has some hiking trails. Most of the routes available to bikes appear to be flat gravel roads. The roads can give you a good workout and take you to some interesting sites such as the Lock & Dam and Ellis Island but it is far from a singletrack experience. It may be worth a visit to the Rivers Project Office or the Audubon Visitor Center on site for more information.

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