Some of Our Favorite Road Rides
Caution: road riding in the Columbia area can be very enjoyable, or a nightmare. Much depends upon the time of day. Avoid riding these routes during busy times, ie. M-F 7 to 9 am and 4 to 6 pm. Weekend early mornings are always good.
1. Froze Toes course - approx. 31 miles relatively flat and breezy. Great starting point is either 2 Mile Prairie Elementary School (on Rt. Z - From Columbia take I-70 to the Rt. Z exit go north) or you can start at the Rising Sun Baptist Church on DD (Millersburg exit go north immediate right on the outer road follow DD north to the church). The course makes a loop with all right turns on (from 2 Mile Prairie) D to DD to Z (stay on I-70 frontage road, cross Route J).
2. Big Tree Loop - approx. 20.5 miles with a great flat section just past McBaine to Huntsdale and some really nice hills as you head out of the valley past Huntsdale. Wilson's on Forum is a great starting point. Go south on Forum, right on Nifong, left on Old Millcreek (Rt. KK), right when you hit Providence (Rt. K), stay on the main road thru Huntsdale over the hills then turn right on UU, take another right on Gillespie Bridge Rd., cross Scott Blvd. (USE EXTREME CAUTION), take Corona to Chapel Hill then back to Forum.
3. Mt. Zion Church Loop - approximately 25 miles of rolling, low-traffic road northeast of Columbia. Start at Albert-Oakland Park. Go east on Blue Ridge to Brown’s Station Road. Go north, using extreme caution while crossing Route B, until Brown’s Station Road curls back into Route B. Continue north on the Route B shoulder to Mt. Zion Church Road. Take Mt. Zion Church Road to Route Z. Right on Z to HH. Take HH back to Brown’s Station Road and turn left. Watch the Route B crossing and retrace Brown’s Station Road and Blue Ridge to the park.
4. Ashland Loop - approximately 40 miles, half with hills and half rolling. To get the hills first, starting in downtown Columbia, take 6th street south to Conley. Turn left on Conley and then right onto Maryland. Take Maryland south (right) to just past the football stadium. There is a very steep downhill behind the stadium and then a very dangerous crossing of Providence road (alternate route is to take the paved bike path south of the stadium and slip under Providence road using the MU fitness trail). After crossing Providence, either ride the shoulder or take old Providence road south (left). Turn east (left) at the intersection with route N. Go past Rock Bridge State Park to Pierpont. Continue on N (a right turn) to Nashville Church Road. At the bottom of the hill, Nashville Church Road branches to the right into Andrew Sapp Road. Continue on Andrew Sapp Road and climb out of the valley. Take a left on MM. Take a left on M. You will reach Ashland in approximately two miles. Continue east across US 63 and take a left (north) at the top of the hill onto Rangeline Road. Take Rangeline Road north to New Haven Road. (Just past the airport, Rangeline jogs west a short distance and then turns back north) Left (west) on New Haven. New Haven crosses US 63 and becomes Old US 63. Take Old US 63 to Broadway. Take Broadway left into downtown Columbia.