Runners and walkers alike love to escape the pavement and hit the dirt from time to time. Check out our quick FAQ
Where can I run trails nearby?
Check out our Trails page and filter by “Dirt Trails” to find new places in the St. Louis area to explore.
What is there to love about trail running?
🌳 Less of a focus on pace. Forces you to slow down.
🌳 Being in nature has a host of benefits, including improved attention, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders and even upticks in empathy and cooperation according to the American Psychological Association.
🌳 By running on uneven surfaces, those small stabilizer muscles in your legs get used and can help improve overall balance.
🌳 Softer surfaces like dirt or gravel can be easier on your joints and bones than asphalt.
What equipment do I need?
A pair of trail specific shoes are key. They are designed to help with traction, protect your feet and provide stability on uneven surfaces, among other things. Big River has a large selection of trail shoes in our stores and online. Check them out!
Ready to try a trail race?
Check out the Big River Trail Series.