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Katy Trail State Park is a 237-mile long rail-trail that crosses the state of Missouri. 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. The trail mainly follows the Missouri River, which the Lewis and Clark Expedition used on their historic trip to map the West in the 1800s. The trail between Booneville and St. Charles is part of the American Discovery Trail, and interpretive signs of that journey are found at many stops along the way.
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 Rocheport and St. Charles 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.
Difficulty: The Katy Trail is rated at medium difficulty. The trail has little to no elevation gain, but itineraries require biking at least 50 miles in a day. For slightly less daily mileage and less elevation change, consider the itineraries starting in Rocheport, rather than Clinton.