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      Outdoor enthusiasts drawn to MKT trail

      Columbia's MKT nature and fitness trail offers everything from biking to hiking to cross country skiing and is one of the few trails in the country that connects to a statewide trail that leads to endless possibilities
      Columbia's MKT nature and fitness trail offers everything from biking to hiking to cross country skiing and is one of the few trails in the country that connects to a statewide trail that leads to endless possibilitiesGeorge Washburn moved to Columbia 12 years ago and has used the MKT trail ever since."I've ridden bikes for many years," he said. "I just like the idea of having a trail like this where everybody can use it whether they are biking or walking or running or whatever they are doing."The10-foot wide trail was built on the old rail bed of the MKT railroad. The all-weather crushed limestone surface stretches across the city and Boone County for 8.9 miles, and connects with the state of Missouri's Katy Trail near McBaine.Gabe Huffington, parks services manager, said, "It's a scenic passageway through Columbia. It's a key feature in Columbia. It's kind of the crown jewel of our trail system. You are going to see a lot of different people, animals and pets running around. There are people running, biking and families out enjoying the trail."Trail users can now travel Columbia's MKT trail all the way to Missouri's Katy trail without crossing the street thanks to overpasses throughout the city.The trail has five accesses, including the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial at Battle Garden on Stadium Boulevard.