This 4.7-mile greenway meanders through St. Charles County and connects the Katy Trail to the University of Missouri’s Research Park to the Weldon Spring and August A. Busch Conservation areas. The greenway also links with the Hamburg Trail, creating a 13.1-mile loop. The Busch Greenway combines beautiful settings such as hardwood forests, creeks and lakes with a bustling research park full of businesses and natural conservation areas. Walkers, runners and bikers alike can enjoy getting some fresh air on this scenic route.
When making the trek up the hill from the Katy Trail (mile marker 52.1) and into Missouri Research Park, the trail is mostly flat and runs through gently rolling hills, offering abundant views of wildlife and lakes within the Missouri Department of Conservation lands. The greenway also links to the existing Hamburg Trail, a gravel trail that connects with the Katy Trail at mile marker 56. This route completes a 13.1-mile loop, linking the Busch Greenway, the Hamburg Trail and the Katy Trail, making it a great option for those training for a half-marathon. (Please note that the Hamburg Trail is unpaved with larger gravel, choose your bike tires accordingly!)
The greenway creates access to an abundance of green space to explore and enjoy. Special features along the way include a rain garden and a historic cemetery. Those using the greenway can also visit the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center via the Hamburg Trail.
The paved trail ends at Highway D, but you can continue on a three-quarter mile gravel trail that leads to the August A. Busch Conservation Area Visitor Center. There is also a self-service bicycle repair station for spur-of-the-moment bicycle repairs at the Duckett Creek Trailhead.
The Busch Greenway is open year-round. Please note that the trail is not plowed of snow or ice.
FeesThere are no fees to visit the greenway.
The Busch Greenway is paved, but it is important to note that the Hamburg Trail is comprised of crushed gravel and is not road-bike friendly. Mountain bikes or hybrid tires are best for those planning on riding it.
Parking is available at multiple locations, and there is a water fountain at the Duckett Creek trailhead. There are not trash cans along the way.
Restrooms are available at the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center and August A. Busch Conservation Area during regular hours of operation.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash that is less than six feet long.