Tuesday Fitness Fix: Cycling Maps of Mississippi River Trail

Check here every Tuesday
for a fitness fix rundown. I’ll be on the lookout for running, cycling, tri’s,
adventure races, and other active outlets taking place around the state that I’ll
highlight each week.

Zoie Clift


The folks at the
Mississippi River Trail (MRT), Inc sent news that they now have an interactive
mapping system for riders care of the Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance
Program of the National Park Service. Maps of the northern, central, and
southern parts of the trail are now online.The map is a google based interactive
route planning system and can be found here


According to directors, the
goal of the MRT is to connect people and communities with the river through
development of multi-use pathways and bicycle friendly roads. Currently
the route travels from the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca,
Minnesota to the Delta at the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. It is a 3,000-mile
system that connects 10
states, the cities of Minneapolis, St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans, and
hundreds of smaller towns along the way. The Arkansas section of the trail
currently traverses Delta country and more routes are being planned. MRT has
also formed a partnership with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service to connect 50 national park units and wildlife refuges, and
hundreds of smaller state and community parks along the river.

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