Best Urban Bike Ride

St. Vincent Greenway to Ted Jones Path

Take two of the least-known bike trails in St. Louis, connect them with a jaunt through the UMSL campus, and you have a ride that's a revelation for any cyclist who's burned out on circling Forest Park for the millionth time. This ride, approximately eight miles one way, begins at the entrance to St. Vincent Park off St. Charles Rock Road and winds through oak stands and wildflowers, past baseball fields and the looming turrets of the magnificent St. Vincent Asylum, and over more corkscrews and dips than a Moto GP track. At the official end of the greenway, continue on through the UMSL campus, riding a narrow paved path to the Touhill Performing Arts Center, and up to the UMSL North MetroLink stop. Below that is the Ted Jones Path, a straight two-mile, tree-canopied strip along the Normandy stretch of the Wabash Railroad. You'll cross bridges, tunnel under I-70 and stop at old downtown Ferguson, where in the summer you can refuel on peaches and scones at the hopping farmers' market.

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