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Lesser-known trails

Thursday, June 5, 2008 | 9:46 p.m. CDT; updated 3:05 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

COLUMBIA — If the event at the MKT Trail on Saturday doesn’t spark your interest, Columbia’s park system has 37 more miles of trails to explore. Below are a few of Columbia’s lesser-known trails.

Capen Park Trail

1600 Capen Park Drive

Length: 0.5 mile

Type: Dirt

Selling point: The park is home to limestone cliffs that draw rock climbers and sightseers alike.

User comment: “I come here every day because I can let my dog off the leash. I like that it’s in the woods,” MU student Shana Pauley said.

Cosmo-Bethel Park Lake Trail

4500 Bethel St.

Length: 0.46 mile

Type: Limestone

Selling Point: The trail circles the Cosmo-Bethel Lake, which offers fishing and wildlife-viewing.

User Comment: “I love how you see the families fishing. I think that’s really neat,” said Katie Brown as she chased her 16-month-old son, Abner, away from a flock of geese.

Hinkson Creek Trail

2011 S. Old 63

Length: 4.25 miles

Type: Limestone

Selling Point: The trail crosses the Hinkson Creek in several places, where you can find rust-colored bridges designed to look like the old railroad bridges along the Missouri River.

User comment: “I come here every day because it’s the only place you can bring your dog and not get a ticket,” Columbia College student Randi Robinson said. “There are places to bike, places to run and lots of trees.”

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