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Exploring Columbia Trails Along Your Favorite Waterways

Presentation by Ginger Schweikert.
Join Columbia author and avid hiker Ginger Schweikert as she shares some of Columbia’s best trails along our waterways!

Time and Place

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
7:00 pm

New Venue! Riechmann Indoor Pavilion, Stephens Lake Park
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Presentation by Ginger Schweikert

Tuesday, May 14th at 7PM

Hosted by Missouri River Relief

Join Columbia author and avid hiker Ginger Schweikert as she shares some of Columbia’s best trails along our waterways! We’re lucky to have so many beautiful trails in Columbia – and so many of them highlight the beautiful creeks and streams that eventually drain into the Missouri River. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, or brand new to Columbia’s trails, you’re sure to leave with lots of ideas for where to explore next.

When Ginger Schweikert returned to Mid-Mo to be closer to family, she began hiking the same trails she did as a girl, and discovered many more. She quickly realized there wasn’t a comprehensive, up-to-date resource that captured the plentiful trails and history around Columbia. Thus, her idea to write Columbia Trails: Over 300 Miles of Hiking, Biking, and Horsing Around in Mid-Missouri was born. She has stepped or pedaled every trail in this book, and hopes that you, too, can enjoy what Columbia’s trails have to offer. ​

Ginger Schweikert wears many hats: psychiatric nurse, costume seamstress, circus performer, True/False Q queen, backpacker, sailor, hiker, biker, and now – author. She was born and raised in Columbia, MO, graduated from Mizzou, then spent time living and adventuring all over the U.S before returning to Columbia.



  • Riechmann Indoor Pavilion, Stephen’s Lake Park – 2300 E. Walnut St. Columbia, MO 65201
  • From I-70, take exit 128 to U.S. 63 South.
  • Using second to right lane, follow signs to the on-ramp for U.S. 63 South.
  • Once on U.S. 63 South, you’ll be taking the first exit for Broadway/Hwy WW.
  • Take a right on Broadway for .9 miles.
  • Take a right onto Old 63 headed north.
  • Take a right onto E. Walnut St.
  • Riechmann Indoor Pavilion will be on your right. Park in front.

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