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“A year-round treat”

Katy Trail State Park
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Boonville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Welcome to Katy Trail State Park, the longest developed rail-trail in the country. Whether you are a bicyclist, walker, equestrian, nature lover or history buff, the trail offers opportunities for recreation, a place to enjoy nature and an avenue to discover the past. The park, built on the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT or Katy), is 240 miles long and runs between Clinton and Machens with 26 trailheads and four fully restored railroad depots along the way.
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Missouris longest and most popular state park. Almost crosses the whole state. Great for strolling, jogging, biking, and getting close to nature -- much of it along the Missouri River. After Boonville, it takes off across the prairie. You can forget cities, and browse tiny villages that sprung up along the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (M-K-T, or Katy) railroad. A real treasure that the state acquired this rails-to-trails conservancy, building on an initial gift by the Ted and Patricia Jones family (as in the Edward Jones brokerages). So glad we have it nearby. About 60 feet wide, and over 200 miles long!

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Reviewed December 6, 2012

Good hiking, biking and walking. Scenery is lovely and you can always find interesting streams, hills and historical information in the towns along the trail.

1  Thank Georgia D
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

My wife and I rode the 35 miles (round-trip) between Rocheport & Columbia and loved it! We went during the fall colors, and while not spectacular, it was nonetheless very pretty. For novice riders, the trail is remarkably flat and easily navigated. The stretch we did is picturesque and doable in about 4 hours if you reward yourself with a leisurely lunch in Columbia :)

1  Thank pd2think
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Great trail for biking or walking. I have been on the trail in Columbia many times but this was my first time in Rocheport on the Katy trail. It is especially beautiful in the fall!

Thank Natasha W
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We were a group of 3 that decided to ride this trail end to end (almost). Being from California, we used a service to plan the trip (Independent Tourist). It was a fabulous experience. We flew to St. Louis, were shuttled to the Katy Bike Rental shop and then shuttled across Missouri to Clinton for the start of the West to East ride. We rode 30-50 miles per day depending on where we were headed. Since the trail is basically flat, the ride is pretty relaxing. There is a long slightly uphill stretch from Sedalia to Rocheport…no coasting down on that part! Every day, our luggage was moved for us. We stayed in historic hotels and B&Bs. We rode for 6 days on a trail that is, in my opinion, a national treasure. This trail is tightly packed gravel and is an immaculately maintained state park. We rode 225 miles (plus a few to get to and from lodging) and every section of it was clean, well maintained and simply beautiful. Riding through scenic farmland (believe me, it is really, really scenic!) in the fall on a tree shaded trail for a few days was a wonderful experience. Not to mention the charming towns and whistle stops along the way. Many of the towns on or around the trail have populations of less than 200 – all were immaculate and studded with houses and buildings dating from the 1840s. The entire length of the trail is a state park and has historical notes posted along the route (lots of Lewis and Clark, Daniel Boone, etc. sites). Parts of the trail are along the Missouri River which just adds to the scenery especially on the sections where the towering bluffs where on one side and the river on the other. A couple of the old depots have been restored and are now museums – which are a great deal of fun to visit (Booneville and Sedalia). The whistle stops all have signs giving facts about the area and that particular section of the trail. Whistle stops all have clean bathrooms (chemical – but clean!). The area around Rocheport is very pretty and the town hosts a couple of restaurants that are the best along the trail (again—in our opinion). Les Bourgeois winery (and restaurant) was the best we found (although difficult to get to). However, our B&B hosts at the Yates House were kind enough to drop us off and pick us up!! (Full blown Missouri courtesy!) Food could be found along the way for lunch every day—amazing pizza can be had at Phillly’s in Marthasville! Highlight towns are definitely Rocheport and Hermann. Hermann has multiple B&Bs and restaurants and is a very German, beautiful town. For a mid-day stop – Taylor’s bake shop in Booneville was a great find! Cappuccino and chocolate cake after 25 or so miles is always great! And St. Charles with its cobblestone streets and walkways, historic buildings and beautiful parks is a wonderful place to begin/end the trail. Highly recommend this trail – how many places in the world can you ride for days without riding on streets?

11  Thank pvfamily
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