COMO YOU KNOW: Hinkson Creek Trail

Sunday, February 19, 2012 | 2:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:32 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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The Hinkson Creek Trail is a recreational path going through various nature areas of Columbia before connecting to the MKT Trail. The trail is great for walking, jogging and biking. Pets are allowed. Hinkson Creek is accessible from the trail, and the trail is accessible through the Grindstone Nature Area, Capen Park and entry points at MU.


Trail: 4.25 miles, limestone

Park hours: 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily
Trail access points:
Capen Park, 1600 Capen Park Drive
Grindstone Nature Area, 2011 S. Old 63
Trail access points at MU:
Student Recreation Center
Hearnes Center/Memorial Stadium, 600 Stadium Blvd.
Epple Field
Hinkson Creek Recreation Area

Contact: Parks & Recreation Department, City of Columbia

Phone: 874-7460

For maintenance concerns along the MU portion of the trail, call:

MU Recreation Services Facilities Operations


For general information or questions contact: Tammy Miller 

Full text

The Hinkson Creek Trail is a recreational trail for jogging, biking and enjoying nature. The trail has access points to Hinkson Creek for canoeing or kayaking. The Grindstone Recreation Area is pet-friendly, but it requires owners to keep their dogs on a leash at all times.  
The Hinkson Creek Trail goes through property owned by the City of Columbia and MU. Collaborative efforts between the two parties connected the Grindstone Nature Area to the MKT Trail.
The trail was completed in three phases.
Phase I — Grindstone Nature Area to Capen Park

This 10-foot wide section of the trail connects the parking lot at Grindstone Nature Area to Capen Park. It is about one mile long and includes two bridges. The bridges are designed to imitate the old railroad bridges along the Missouri River. The trail was completed and was dedicated on May 6, 2000. The trail allows visitors to experience more than 230 acres of prairie grasses, limestone cliffs and the natural vegetation of Columbia.

Phase II — Capen Park to MU

This mile long section of the trail begins just after the second bridge from the Grindstone Nature Area. This part of the trail goes under Rock Quarry Road and through a scenic forested area along Hinkson Creek. It connects to MU. There, the trail becomes the MU Recreation Trail, but it is still part of the greater Hinkson Creek Trail.

Phase III — MU Recreation Trail
This part of the trail is located at MU. The trail extends north to the Student Recreation Center by Rollins Road and west to the MKT Trail.  The distance from Hinkson Creek to the MKT trail is 2.25 miles, and the trail connects to the MKT near the 2-mile marker. The trail, from the Grindstone Recreation Area to the MKT Trail, is 4.25 miles.  


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Updated: Feb. 19, 2012

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