Blue River Parkway
(aka: Minor Park or BuRP)
River Parkway (a Jackson County, Missouri park) is located along the
Blue River in south Kansas City. Although the vast majority of park
land (and trails) are located in the county park, the city of Kansas
City has a small park (Minor Park) located along the Blue River at
Red Bridge Road. Thus, this park and trails are sometimes referred
to as “Minor Park (trails)”.
This parkway is a beautiful get-away, quietly nestled in southern Kansas City, Missouri. Within this parkway, there are several multi-purpose trails that wind along both sides of the Blue River. These trails are open for hiking, mountain biking, and (in some locations) horse riding.
Be sure to check out “brptrails” on Facebook for the latest activities and up-to-date information.
Please respect these trails by not riding them when they are wet/muddy (if you are leaving marks in any more than an occasional puddle, it is too wet/muddy to ride so please come back another time). Due to their weight, horses can severely damage the trails if they ride when the ground is soft. Likewise, mountain bikes can cause erosion problems on muddy trails. When the trails are damaged, it falls to the volunteers who maintain these trails to make repairs. We appreciate your help in preserving the trails so we can spend more time enjoying them and less time working on them!
For the latest trail conditions and status, check out http://kctrailsstatus.com or #KcTrailsStatus on Twitter.
Trails and Maps
* These maps are provided by tomjestercreate.com
There are new trails north of Red Bridge Rd that run from near Alex George Lake north to the intersection of Chestnut Dr and Blue River Pkwy (near the I-435 overpass).
Most of the trails currently in the Blue River Parkway are best suited for intermediate and advanced riders. The “River Trail” (between the river and Blue River Rd) and the “Bridger Trail” (between Alex George Lake and Chestnut Dr/I-435) are the easier trails. New or inexperienced riders might also want to check out the “Rancho D-Lux” (green) trail at Swope Park (just a few miles to the north). For details on the Swope Park trails, see http://www.swopetrails.com/
Note that the old railroad bed and the other trails west of the river, including those around the parking lot at 118th and Lydia, are not currently being maintained.
The primary trail head is located at the intersection of Blue River Road and Blue Ridge Blvd. At the south end of the I-435 loop, take I-435 (east/west) to the Holmes Road exit. Go south on Holmes to the traffic signal at Blue Ridge Blvd (QuikTrip is on the southwest corner). Go left (east) on Blue Ridge Blvd, across the bridge and around the "S" curve. The first street on the left, after the bend, is Blue River Road and there is a gravel parking area on the northwest corner of the intersection. The trail begins on the east side of Blue River Road, just opposite the parking area, and heads north to the main trails.
There is also parking by Alex George Lake, with access to the trails north of Red Bridge Rd. Take Red Bridge Rd east/west to Blue River Rd, turn north onto Blue River Rd. The parking area is just past the bend in the road on the left (west).
Note that there is no horse trailer parking at Kenneth Road.
Also note that the trails near the parking lot at 118th and Lydia are not currently being maintained (this includes the old railroad bed and the other trails west of the Blue River).
Links and Other Related Information
Blue River Parkway Trails on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/brptrails) – This is the best source for current activities and up-to-date information about the trails.
Current trail conditions (kctrailsstatus.com) or #KcTrailsStatus on Twitter
Urban Trail Co. (formerly ERTA, Earth Riders Trails Association) – (web site under construction)
The official Jackson County, Missouri website (http://www.jacksongov.org)– Click on the link for “Parks+Rec” (these trails belong to Jackson County Parks+Rec)
These trails are maintained by volunteers, so special thanks go to all the volunteers and to Zak L., Tom J., and Alex V. who coordinate all the work on the trails.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Without all the volunteer help, none of this would be here today!
If you have questions, feel free to contact Rob Stitt (email@example.com) or Jackson County Parks+Rec (http://www.jacksongov.org) through their website (click on “Parks + Rec”).
Ownership and Copyright Information
This web site is maintained by Rob Stitt and is in no way affiliated with Jackson County, Missouri nor is it an official Jackson County web site.
All information on this website, excluding the trail maps, is Copyright © 2000-2015 Robert L. Stitt (unless otherwise marked)