The gloriously ambitious Magic Dragon Trail System is happening, and it could expand the Lakes tourism profile in a groundbreaking way.

Photo courtesy of Magic Dragon Trails

by Kate Robbins & Nathan Bechtold

Its an enormously ambitious undertaking, and one that could play a major role in the Lake of the Ozarksfuture as a year-round destination for visitors: the Magic Dragon Trail.

The planned world-class multi-surface trail system of both hard and softsurface trails will be making major strides in 2024, with the construction of a seven-mile trail network in the area of Three Seasons Road and Nichols Road.Those seven miles are only a tenth of the entire plan: the Magic Dragon Trails non-profit organization has a master plan that includes 70 miles of multi-use trails. Its a long-term plan. And when the Magic Dragon Trail system is complete, it will stretch from the Grand Glaize bridge to Harley Davidson and will also incorporate trails from Lake of the Ozarks State Park. It could ultimately connect with the planned Rock Island Trail in Eldon, which is planned to link-up with the well-known and popular Katy Trail.

So people could ride from Kansas City or St. Louis or anywhere on the Katy Trail all the way down to Lake of the Ozarks,explained Stacy Pyrtle, Director for Magic Dragon Trails.


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