Although not located in the Mid-West if you ever have the opportunity to run Red Rock Canyon just outside of Las Vegas do not pass it up. Beautiful is the only word to describe this place. Be sure to wear trail shoes and ones with a rock plate would help. We rented a car from our hotel on the strip however I believe there is a bus that will take you to Red Rock Casino.
The mighty Soggy Bottom is not for the faint of heart. Do not let these videos fool you. Loose gravel, tons of elevation for the area make for a brutally great time! The owner does not charge runners but you do need to sign a waiver. There is a hut at the parking area with the waivers. Be kind and drop a couple bucks in the box for him. Take whatever shoes have the best grip and you might want to consider trekking poles.
Cedar Crest Trail; MacLennan Park Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Topeka, KS that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Compact trail system with a little bit of everything. Some road, some paved path, some gravel trail, and lots of technical trail. Small steep hills, switchbacks, and a few nice flat areas to let loose. All right along the Kansas River.
Terrain Type: technical trail
Recommended Shoes: Varied Terrain
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, one of six national parks in the state of Missouri, is a perfect stop for an entertaining and educational experience.
Fought on August 10, 1861, the Battle of Wilson's Creek was a pivotal battle in Missouri and the second major battle of the Civil War. When the smoke cleared, more than 2,500 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed, wounded or missing in five hours of intense fighting. The visitor center features a new 27-minute film, a museum and changing exhibits. A five-mile self-guided tour road allows visitors to explore the battlefield at their own pace. Walking trails lead to various battle sites, including Bloody Hill, the Historic John Ray ouse and the Edwards Cabin.
The Katy Trail State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Missouri that contains the Katy Trail, a recreational rail trail that runs 240 miles (390 km) in the right-of-way of the former Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad.Running largely along the northern bank of the Missouri River, it is the country's longest Rails-to-Trails trail. The trail is open for use by hikers, joggers, and cyclists year-round, from sunrise to sunset. Its hard, flat surface is of "limestone pug" (crushed limestone).
The Mount Airy Forest, in Cincinnati, Ohio, was established in 1911. It was one of the earliest, if not the first, urban reforestation project in the United States. With nearly 1,500 acres (6.1 km2), it's the largest park in Cincinnati's park system. Home of the Stone Steps 50K, MT. Airy is a trail runners paradise in a sea of urban sprawl. Bring your trail shoes as parts can be a little nasty.
While volunteering for the 2015 Ozark Trail 100 Mile Endurance Race, I had a chance to run a few miles on the Berryman Trail. Considered by many to be the best trail east of the Rockies and west of the Appalachian Mountains. The Berryman Trail will not disappoint. 24 miles of single track with all of the beauty that the Mark Twain National Forest has to offer. Elevation gain is around 1100 feet and I would call the trail semi technical. I would recommend a pair of varied terrain trail shoes when the conditions are dry. This video is a time lapse of 10 miles 5 out and back.
Located near Potosi, MO, the Berryman Trail is about an hour and forty five minutes from St. Louis, MO and two and half hours from Springfield, MO. There are a few campsites and several private lodges near the trail heads.