If arriving sooner, please call ahead. Overnight … Or take advantage of our no bags transfer discount. States: Missouri. Do not hesitate to give us a call. Traveling through many small rail towns, this section touches the Missouri River for approx. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a great cycling vacation while Independent Tourist does all the work. The Katy Trail currently begins at Machens (mile-marker 27) on the Missouri River and runs along the northern bank of the river for most of the trail's length. 4 hours shuttle drive time to Clinton. This is the western end of the Katy Trail. It’s a popular destination for both hikers and bikepackers. With an experienced support crew, there are no worries of break downs or weather related setbacks, we will assist with comfort and efficiency. This is your final day of cycling. Your lodging is 6 blocks from the Sedalia trailhead. While there is noticeable elevation change, you won't encounter any steep hills. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. While restrooms and water are limited, the trail is open. Start 2021 out right and hit the gravel! Or take advantage of our no bags discount. Note: B&B check-ins are usually 3:30/4:00pm. A per-person NO BAGS Discount of $165 is available on STEP 3 – the PAYMENT purchase step. Your destination is N. Jefferson trailhead (MM 143.2) across the river from Jefferson City. Updated January 16, 2021 Winter is an often overlooked but excellent time to traverse the Katy Trail. Ride from your hotel to the trailhead (MM 264.6). We finish at one of the grandest restored train depots along the trail. Leaving Pilot Grove, you cycle past Rocheport and beneath towering limestone bluffs among the highest on the trail. 4 miles earlier in the day. Note: B&B check-ins are usually 3:30/4:00pm. Riding the Katy Trail in Mid-Missouri At Jefferson City, the capitol of Missouri, the trail actually passes on the north side of the Missouri River. Our lodgings are very accommodating but many of our host do their fresh food shopping in the afternoons. Rare as it is, situations may arise of late afternoon luggage arrivals. We will transfer it for you to this evening’s destination, and each day on your tour. Tour Journals Volume 10: Katy Trail, Epilogue. Leave the B&B in Hermann and ride east on the Katy Trail to St. Charles (MM 39.5) where you may have left your car or rented a bicycle. Grab some souvenirs and a bite to eat, and a possible quick tour of Daniel Boone Home National Historic Site. (Like I said – I need a good editor … forgive me). We can shorten today’s distance 13 miles upon request. This is how I know Katy loves me. Lodging: Hotel at Jefferson City (laundry service available on site). The distance can be shortened with an advanced request to 36 miles with pickup and shuttle from Boonville (MM 191.8) to your lodging in the lovely village of Rocheport (MM 178.3). If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. The Katy Trail where it crosses Knox Street in Knox Park The Katy Trail is a jogging, walking, inline skating, and bicycling path that runs through the Uptown and Oak Lawn areas of Dallas, Texas (USA), following the path of the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, which was known as MKT or the Katy. NOTE to our friends driving from west of Missouri — Save a drive to St. Charles/St. It is a story that has no end." E-bike rental is six blocks away and directly located on the trail. The Rock Island Trail makes this connection closer. The only tunnel on the trail is just west of the Rocheport trailhead and the town has a winery, antique shops and a few restaurant choices. Katy Perry's Firework. Katy Trail – Overview Katy Trail State Park is a 237-mile long rail-trail that crosses the state of Missouri. Established in 1997. Whether cycling with standard rail-trail bike, trikes, recumbent or fat tire E- bike, we shuttle all shapes and sizes. Upon reaching Boonville, MO, stop in at the Rivers, Rails & Trails Museum just before the Boonville Train Depot. Please agree to all the terms and conditions before proceeding to the next step. We have an expert team that are happy to talk to you about your cycling vacation. This bridge is bicycle safe and friendly. Restaurants and shops are plentiful in this downtown area particularly along Main Street a block from the Katy Trail. Trailhead kiosk at Katy Trail south end in downtown Dallas. Or save time for a stop at Coopers Landing (mm 163.5) Arriving at the N Jefferson TH at MM 143.2, it’s approx. They either camp along the way or stay in the many wonderful and hospitable bed and breakfasts. Katy Trail – Overview Katy Trail State Park is a 237-mile long rail-trail that crosses the state of Missouri. At McKittrick (MM 100.8) cross the Missouri River Bridge with its protected bike path into Hermann for your evening lodging. The mile markers on the Katy Trail are embedded into the concrete trail every quarter of a mile and show the distance from the end of the Trail in the direction you are traveling. You do not need special tires for this ride. Copyright 2020 Independent Tourist LLC., All Rights Reserved. As we reach Portland the Missouri River is in sight as you cycle just past Bluffton and the Grand Bluffs Conservation Area. When you book with an account, you will be able to track your payment status, track the confirmation and you can also rate the tour after you finished the tour. Katy Trail . Ride from your hotel to the trailhead (MM 264.6). Mostly cycling with wide open views, the geological setting gives an understanding of the immensity of our great American Water Ways. In the short 17 years since it opened, the Katy Trail has become a victim of its success. As a … The longest recreational rail to trail development. 2 miles to the nights lodging on the Jefferson City Katy Spur, including crossing the Missouri River on a fully separate bike lane. Whether cycling with standard rail-trail bike, trikes, recumbent or fat tire E- bike, we shuttle all shapes and sizes. From New York’s High Line to Chicago’s 606, these railroad lines turned linear parks are catnip to developers. Runs largely along the northern bank of the Missouri River, in the right-of-way of the former Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad, with great river views, small historic railroad towns, beautiful bluffs and much more. The Katy Trail and Rock Island Trail. Rare as it is, situations may arise of late afternoon luggage arrival. The trail is built on the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT, or Katy), is 240 miles long and runs between Clinton, Missouri (in the west, central part of the state) and Machens, near St. Louis, with 26 trailheads and four fully restored railroad depots. Ride the Rocheport Tunnel. If you missed the other chapters, they’re at Pedalshift Projects 118, 119, 121 and 123, 124, and 125! Lodging: B&B at Hermann or Optional B&B stay in Rhineland – on the trail (shortens daily milage by 6 miles). Excellent B&B lodging, and great hotels, will leave you relaxed and ready to cycle each day. A quarter-mile off the trail near McBaine, you can find the state’s largest burr oak. Another popular town for a multi-day stay. St. Charles and The Katy Bike Trail Our adventure starts in the heart of St. Charles, otherwise known as “The Little Hills”. It started in Hermann, MO and continues to Augusta, MO. It runs for 240 miles at just a three-percent grade from St. Charles, Missouri to Clinton, which is just shy of Kansas City, Missouri. Day 1 Travel Day: Shuttle from St. Charles to Clinton Meet the shuttle van at St. Charles, MO near the eastern end of the Katy Trail (mile marker “MM” 39.5) On day 7 this will be your tour end (MM 26.9 to MM39.5 is nice and ridable, but no accommodations available). Seeing the Trail’s End Monument in Sedalia might confuse some Katy Trail riders, as the western end of that path terminates 35 miles west in Clinton. 2 miles to the nights lodging on the Jefferson City Katy Spur, including crossing the Missouri River on a fully separate bike lane. This chapter covers day five of my Katy Trail adventure across Missouri. This is perhaps one of the most asked questions by individuals planning a trip on the trail. TWO PEOPLE, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, ONE LARGE BED, TWO PEOPLE, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY, SEPARATE BEDS, 5 Nights in Bed & Breakfast or small inn and or hotel, Lodging near trail and evening restaurants, Shuttle St. Charles to Clinton (or park in Clinton, and shuttle back at end of tour). Ride back to St. Charles over the week. Your evening lodging will be right on the trail. Others take 6-8 days to ride end-to-end at a more leisurely pace. What is the distance between cities on the Katy Trail? Most do not. Runs largely along the northern bank of the Missouri River, in the right-of-way of the former Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad. Airport pick up is available for a very small cost, if any, and if within a timely schedule. 7 nights in Bed & Breakfast or small inn and or hotel, Most lodging near trail and evening restaurants (some a couple easy miles from trail), Shuttle St. Charles to Clinton (or park in Clinton, and shuttle back at end of tour), Best Start Days: Friday highly recommended, other start days available (other days reduce prime dining options). The St. Charles trailhead is a 20-minute drive or taxi ride from Lambert St. Louis International Airport. Hermann is our number one town for adding an extra day. Do not hesitate to give us a call. Start your day with a return across the BIKE bridge to the N. Jefferson trailhead. With this day of cycling 37 miles, you may want to add a few miles with some cycling on the MKT Trail connecting into Columbia, MO. They’re an amenity they didn’t have to pay for but get to charge more to be near. Even after its role as “end of the line” had long passed, Sedalia was still connected to the shipment of cattle to the east. From Hermann, back on the trail (1.5 miles), the McKittrick TH is basically the Katy Trail cycling start of the day. ... My 7-mile route directions (remember; my start and end would comprise almost 3 miles of this out-and-back) instructed a turn-around at Fitzhugh Ave., “the 11 th bridge from the path’s start.” Naturally, I … X hide menu. Counties: Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Henry, Howard, Montgomery, Pettis, St. Charles, Warren. This starts off the Katy Trail at MM 169.9, at the Hindman Junction. Today is the longest section of your tour on the Katy Trail, 50 miles to Rocheport. Crossing the river into Hermann, your lodging is getting close. The shuttle provides door-to-door service for you and bikes directly to your Clinton lodging. Meet the shuttle van at St. Charles, MO near the eastern end of the Katy Trail (mile marker “MM” 39.5) On day 7 this will be your tour end (MM 26.9 to MM39.5 is nice and ridable, but no accommodations available). Ride the full 225-mile length of America’s longest continuous rail to trail bike path. From … "When the next flood does come, we will marvel at its force, mourn over the destruction and then rebuild. The southern end of the Katy Trail in Victory Park. 5 points of interest to hit along the Katy Trail 1. Western start of the Katy Trail in Clinton, Mo. The plan: Begin the day at 4:30 am on Monday, Nov 23. IF available, please take some light clothes. The views are great, and with some added easy cycling around the park lake, (nice loop trail) you will add a few extra miles. Kansas City Katy Trail Connection Imagine riding the Katy Trail from one end of Missouri to the other. You’ll discover why the Katy Trail is in the Rail Trail Hall of Fame! Once a bustling town with stage coach, riverboat and rail traffic, it is the first city in the country named in honor of President Thomas Jefferson and a good spot to add an extra night’s stay if so inclined. This starts off the Katy Trail at MM 169.9, at the Hindman Junction. Finishing the day in Augusta. The next major city along the trail is Jefferson City — the state capital. With an experienced support crew, there are no worries of break downs or weather related setbacks, we will assist with comfort and efficiency. Leave luggage with your host. Most of this cycling day includes short sporadic bluffs with sections of forest on your left, and wide open river bottoms on the right, as the Missouri River meanders seldom to the trail. The extension of the Katy Railroad from Sedalia to deep into Texas, resulted in Sedalia becoming a major watering and rest stop for the endless stream of live beef headed east to … Overnight parking is available for our cyclists. With more miles per day, this makes our most popular bike tour (end to end) running the full 225-mile length of America’s longest continuous rail to trail bike path two days shorter. Lodging: B&B at Hermann or Optional B&B stay in Rhineland right on the trail (shortens daily mileage by 6 miles). A per-person NO BAGS Discount of $130 is available on STEP 3 – the PAYMENT purchase step. The Rock Island Spur of Katy Trail State Park totals just over 52 miles (in two disconnected sections) through woodlands, wetlands, and bucolic fields nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks. Closures and … If inclined, climb a very short distance up to Klondike Park. Without Friends, the Katy Trail would go nowhere. When reaching Defiance (MM 59.1) please stop in the Katy Bike Shop, our shuttle crew’s headquarters. Ride east to McKittrick (across the river from your evening lodging at Hermann). The shuttle provides door-to-door service for you and bikes directly to your Clinton lodging (3.5 – 4 hours). Harwood International has debuted Uptown's first augmented reality art mural at the base of its latest acquisition Citymark on the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is America's longest rail trail, stretching 237 miles from Clinton to Machens, MO. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Please agree to all the terms and conditions before proceeding to the next step. We must raise over $1 million each year through memberships, events, and corporate donations to keep the Trail running in peak condition. Crossing the river into the city of Jefferson City via a bike lane added to the Highway 63 bridge, completed in 2010, is worth your while. Missouri State Parks and Missouri State Parks Foundation invite you to join them on this scenic five-day ride on the nation's longest developed and most popular rail trail. We will transfer it for you to this evening’s destination and each day on your tour. Cycling day 3 starts with the most scenic of towering bluffs and the Missouri River almost touching on one another as you cycle between. A cyclist can ride off-road across almost the entire state. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Katy Trail is also part of the American Discovery Trail, has been designated as a Millennium Legacy Trail and was added to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame in 2008. Trail end points: Machens Road near MO 94 (Machens) and E. Sedalia Ave. near Price Lane (Clinton) Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone, Gravel. One of the most common ways to travel the Katy Trail is by bicycle. The St. Charles trailhead or lodging is a 20 minute drive or taxi ride from Lambert St. Louis International Airport. The winery town of Herman has much to offer including antique shops and several wine tasting rooms and restaurants. (If you are part of a group, please indicate in notes). The 20th annual Katy Trail Ride, June 22-26 allows bicyclists to experience Katy Trail State Park from Clinton to St. Charles. Use Settings just below the map to customize your map's mile markers, location, and business/service markers. If taking a day off the bike, visit wineries, brewery’s, shops and more as you take in this historic town. With a couple of bridge over looks, you’ll encounter great views of Jefferson City, MO that is the Capitol of Missouri. Of interest are the murals by Thomas Hart Benton in the House Lounge. Meet the shuttle van at St. Charles, MO near the eastern end of the trail at our/your reserved lodging. Currently the trail comes to within about 15 miles of St Louis on the eastern end, but ends some 80 miles away from Kansas City on the western end. Because the Katy Trail was once a rail line, it contains no steep grades. The interactive mileage chart will allow you to quickly plot total mileage between cities and trailheads. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a great cycling vacation while Independent Tourist does all the work. Or save time for a stop at Coopers Landing (mm 163.5) Arriving at the N Jefferson TH at MM 143.2, it’s approx. While cycling along rolling farmland, bordered with sections of trees, you’ll finish the day in Sedalia, MO, home of the Missouri State Fair (each August) and a place where legendary musician Scott Joplin worked and lived. Cross the Missouri on the new safe BIKE BRIDGE. Follow sections of the Lewis and Clark expedition route as you enjoy a mix of beautiful high bluffs, wildlife, winery towns, the capitol city, historical railroad towns and B&B’s, beautiful restored train depots, viewing 120+ miles of the mighty Missouri River and much more, as you cycle eastbound over the week returning to St Charles. You’ll know the cycling day is ending upon reaching the only tunnel on the trail, the Rocheport Tunnel. Katy Trail State Park Facts. The second part of our Katy Trail cycling trip; a look at lodging and camping, food/water, sights and side trips and a few of my personal thoughts. Katy generously takes me on the round trip ride then lets me go. Sit in the shade. Length: 239.6 miles. Our lodging host are very accommodating but many do their fresh food shopping in the afternoons. Brant and me on the shaded Katy Trail The trail is largely shaded under a canopy of trees and winds itself along the great big Missouri River all the way to St. Louis. Managed now by Missouri State Parks, the trail is built on the corridor of the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) railroad known by its popular nickname – the KATY. At McKittrick (MM 100.8) cross the Missouri River Bridge with its protected bike path into Hermann for your evening lodging. Whether you start at Airline Road in the north, or the American Airlines Center in the south, the mile marker says zero. After creating an account, you'll be able to track your payment status, track the confirmation and you can also rate the tour after you finished the tour. After creating an account, you'll be able to track your payment status, track the confirmation and you can also rate the tour after you finished the tour. Today is your first cycling day. 2. NOTE: This tour can be customized for most any request within limits and or what is available. The winery town of Hermann has much to offer including antique shops and several wine tasting rooms and restaurants. When you book with an account, you will be able to track your payment status, track the confirmation and you can also rate the tour after you finished the tour. E-bike rental is six blocks away and located right on the trail for easy access back to meet the shuttle. LODGING & CAMPING While I enjoy camping on our bike adventures, I personally felt that the camping options along the Katy Trail were somewhat limited. Trail users have the opportunity to wind through some of the most scenic areas of the state with the majority of the trail closely following the Missouri River. Visit Missouri’s first capitol, the historic town of St Charles. The time of year meant very little traffic on the trail, not as much daylight, and the weekday meant even less hikers/cyclists on the trail for me to have to buzz by. We have an expert team that are happy to talk to you about your cycling vacation. This section also includes rural landscapes and several small towns of historic note as early railroad towns. (If you are part of a group, please indicate in notes). When reaching Defiance (MM 59.1) please stop in the Katy Bike Shop, our shuttle crew’s headquarters. This river city is known for its beautiful sites, friendly people, and a … The Missouri River can be seen frequently during the day. NOTE to our friends driving from west of Missouri — Save a drive to St.Charles/St. The last leg of this self-guided cycling tour brings us back to cycling amongst lower bluffs with an optional spot for high bluff views. The longest recreational rail to trail development. IF able, please take some light clothes along. At mile-marker 169.9 (McBaine) the trail intersects the MKT Trail, which leads into downtown Columbia, the largest city along the trail. If interested, grab some souvenirs and a bite to eat before cycling through Weldon Springs Conversation Area, where we touch the river once more. Closure Map This map is maintained by the Missouri State Parks and lists most trail closures and detours. Another popular town for a multi-day stay. On a lighter note, the North Jefferson trailhead is also the spot where the east and west sections of the Katy Trail were joined on September 29, 1996. Copyright 2020 Independent Tourist LLC., All Rights Reserved. Standing a picturesque 90 feet tall, with a trunk circumference of 287 inches, the 400-year-old tree is tied for the largest burr oak in the country. If you arrive in time we suggest you take a tour of our beautiful state Capitol. Louis — you can optionally park at the west end of the trail at Clinton and shuttle back from St. Charles on the last morning. The… Today is your first cycling day. Friends of the Katy Trail is the nonprofit organization responsible for raising all funds needed to maintain and improve the Trail for the community to enjoy. A few avid cyclists make the 237.6 mile journey, from Clinton to St. Charles, in a single day. While in Rocheport, MO stroll along the Riverfront Walk or visit Les Bourgeois Winery for a bluff top view, with superb dining. Managed now by Missouri State Parks, the trail is built on the corridor of the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) railroad known by its popular nickname – the KATY. Home Trail Map Trip Planner KT Forum Towns & Services Mileage Chart Merchandise Search KT / RI Map. Specialties: Friends of the Katy Trail is the nonprofit responsible for maintaining the Katy Trail for the City of Dallas. mile. The statue series instead celebrates Sedalia’s history as the first “cow town” at the end of long-bygone cattle drives when the livestock would be loaded onto rail cars for sale further west. The trail has a well-compacted, crushed limestone surface best suited for hybrid bikes, though road bikes can also navigate the … NOTE: This tour can be customized for most any request within limits and or what is available. Enjoy small villages of rural Missouri, wildlife, winery towns, the capital city and the mighty Missouri River as you ride eastbound over the week returning to St. Charles – the site of the original Missouri state capital, on this Missouri bike trail. Day 1 shuttle provided from St. Charles at the east end of the trail to Clinton at the west end. 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