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Blue River Parkway

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Overview

This is a fun network of 20+ miles of trails that span both sides of Highway 435 and runs along the Blue River Corridor (trails mostly follow Blue River Rd). Trail difficulty ranges from easy to very difficult to give visitors a wide range of options. Kansas City is known for technical rocky trails which BRP has plenty of including Highline, Wagon, Bo Ho Ca, Basement (North), Badger, Analog, and Jigsaw. The system also includes smoother trails with about 5 miles of River Trail.

Local Info

All of BRP is well maintained so any trails will be well kept. There might be times during summer where some are overgrown but volunteers do a great job of keeping them trimmed up. Depending on your skill level and length of ride, you can piece together whatever suits you. Trails south of Red Bridge Rd are older trails typically more rocky. Trails north of Red Bridge Rd are newer with more flow but still include great technical challenges.

Visiting Tips

Kansas City has clay based soils so they cannot be ridden when wet. During the Spring, trails will need a few days to dry out after rains. Summer time they will dry faster and Fall is the best time to ride. Winter can be hit or miss with freeze/thaw issues. Best bet is to only ride the trails when they are frozen and temps should be under 30 degrees with little sun. On a sunny day, it may need to be under 25 degrees.

Trail conditions are updated frequently and can be checked at urbantrailco.com/protect-the-trails.

Camping & Lodging

No camping near the park.

Food & Drink

Check out Martin City Brewery, Blue Moose, Mama Leones, or Margaritas for good local food.

Maps & Guidebooks

Maps can be found at urbantrailco.com

Recommended Routes in Blue River Parkway - 2

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Favorite This is the high point of the Highline Trail and the step-up to get there.
Difficult

BRP South Loop

12.0 mi 19.3 km 505' Up 153.85 m Up 505' Down 153.81 m Down

Grandview, MO
Favorite "Candy Store" drop
Intermediate/Difficult

BRP North Loop

8.8 mi 14.2 km 562' Up 171.36 m Up 561' Down 171 m Down

Grandview, MO

Blue River Parkway Biking

  • 52 Miles 84 Kilometers of Trail
  • 2 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 23 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 10 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Blue River Parkway - 36

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1.3 mi 2.1 km #1Highline
Difficult
Kansas City, MO
Difficult
Kansas City, MO 14 
1.7 mi 2.7 km #2Stonewall
Intermediate
Grandview, MO
Intermediate
Grandview, MO
0.1 mi 0.2 km #3Jigsaw
Difficult
Leawood, KS
Difficult
Leawood, KS
0.4 mi 0.6 km #4Heretic
Very Difficult
Grandview, MO
Very Difficult
Grandview, MO
1.9 mi 3.0 km #5Hi-Fi
Intermediate
Grandview, MO
Intermediate
Grandview, MO
1.5 mi 2.4 km #6Underworld
Intermediate
Grandview, MO
Intermediate
Grandview, MO
1.4 mi 2.2 km #7Analog
Intermediate/Difficult
Grandview, MO
Intermediate/Difficult
Grandview, MO
0.3 mi 0.4 km #8Back Alley
Intermediate
Grandview, MO
Intermediate
Grandview, MO
2.1 mi 3.4 km #9A2B
Easy/Intermediate
Raytown, MO
Easy/Intermediate
Raytown, MO
1.9 mi 3.1 km #10Upper Wudchuk
Intermediate
Raytown, MO
Intermediate
Raytown, MO

Photos of Blue River Parkway - 25

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"Jigsaw"
Mar 16, 2018 near Grandview, MO
"Candy Store" drop
Mar 16, 2018 near Grandview, MO
HERETIC  |  JULY 2018
Nov 8, 2018 near Grandview, MO
BASEMENT TRAIL  |  MAY 2018
Nov 8, 2018 near Grandview, MO
HIGHLINE  |  MAY 2018
Nov 8, 2018 near Grandview, MO
ANALOG TO HI-FI TO STONEWALL
Nov 8, 2018 near Grandview, MO
BRIDGER TO STONEWALL TO BASEMENT & RIVER TRAIL
Nov 8, 2018 near Grandview, MO
BRIDGER TO STONEWALL
Nov 8, 2018 near Grandview, MO