On a scale of 1 (least dificult) to 5 (most difficult) this trail is a 3.
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Following the former route of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, Katy Trail State Park encompasses the longest recreational rail-trail in the United States. The Katy Trail stretches for 240 miles between Clinton and Machens, with the majority of the route following the north bank of the Missouri River. We offer plenty of bike tour itineraries (see below) along the Katy.
Aside from being a popular destination for cyclists, the Katy Trail is also used by hikers and horseback riders, with its hard, flat surface covered in crushed limestone. It’s a popular destination for both nature lovers and history buffs, with more than 25 scenic trailheads and four lovingly restored railroad depots along the way.
Cycle the section between Cooper County and St. Charles County if you’re interested in the Corps of Discovery Expedition, with this part of the trail designated as part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The Katy Trail also forms part of the American Discovery Trail, a series of roads and recreational trails that run coast-to-coast across America’s mid-tier.
From charming towns to sweeping rural landscapes, the Katy Trail offers it all. Many of the settlements thrived with the arrival of the former railroad, and informative panels along the route detail Missouri’s rich cultural heritage for those wanting a good dose of history.