Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that the St. Louis area will get about $550,000 to improve or develop trails.
The awards that are from a federal grant channeled through the state's Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails Program.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 21 trails across the state will be for hiking or bicycling and will receive $1.5 million. Eleven trails for motorized activities will receive about $780,000.
Nixon said Wednesday in St. Louis that he had no problems allocating funds for trails in tough economic times because the money is from competitive federal grants.
The money includes $100,000 for trail improvements in Forest Park in St. Louis and $100,000 in Sunset Hills for a trail segment along the Meramec River.