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Grant's Trail Frequently Asked Questions

How hilly is the trail?

Are there restrooms and water fountains along the trail?

Is this a good trail for kids?

How crowded is the trail?

Is the trail always open?

Are pets allowed?

Are there plans to extend the trail?

How do I get to downtown Kirkwood from the end of the trail?

I spotted an error on your web site. How can I report it?

Who built this website?

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ANSWERS:

How hilly is the trail?

It's flat...very flat. A railroad track used to run along this route, so of course they chose as flat a path as possible. But if you're looking for hills, you can find some adjacent to the trail at St. Louis BMX Bike Park, the Gravois Creek Hiking Trail or at Whitecliff Park.
Note that there is a gradual climb from east to west.  Here are some elevation (altitude) measurements:
  • Orlando's parking lot: 418 feet
  • I-55 crossing: 446 feet
  • Gravois Road crossing: 484 feet
  • Watson Road crossing: 528 feet
  • I-44 crossing: 576 feet
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Are there restrooms and water fountains along the trail?

Click here for a map with restrooms and water stops marked. Our favorite facilities are at the Grant Historic Site, although it's only open during business hours (9-5 daily).
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Is this a good trail for kids?

Sure! It's ideal for kids because it's flat and offers several restroom stops. And kids love seeing the Clydesdales just outside Grant's Farm. But please be aware of the following dangers when riding with children:
  • The trail crosses several busy streets. Make sure kids know to wait and cross only with adult assistance.
  • The trail is very busy at times. Make sure kids know to keep to the far right of the trail to allow passing riders.
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How crowded is the trail?

Yes, Grant's Trail gets crowded, especially on the weekends. It draws so many people because it's such a great trail! It's still far less busy than the trails in Forest Park.
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Is the trail always open?

Official trail hours are from 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset.
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Are pets allowed?

Yes, as long as they are on a six foot or shorter leash, and you clean up after them. Since there are so many fast-moving cyclists on the trail, we do not recommend bringing your dog unless it is well-trained to heel closely.
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Are there plans to extend the trail?

Eventually. Click here for the latest details.
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How do I get to downtown Kirkwood from the end of the trail?

Look at this page for directions from the end of the trail to the heart of Kirkwood (about 1.5 miles).
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I spotted an error on your web site. How can I report it?

We appreciate your help in keeping the site 100% accurate (so do future visitors to the site!). Please send us an email with details of the error, and we'll fix it right away.
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Who built this website?

We are cycling and running enthusiasts who decided to build our "ideal site" with all the nitty-gritty details that cyclists and runners need for planning rides/runs. We think you'll find it to be the most useful and thorough site on the web for Grant's Trail information. We are in no way affiliated with any organizations or businesses associated with Grant's Trail.
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