The Katy Trail
State Park is a Missouri state park and a 225 mile recreation rail trail
that runs from St. Charles near the confluence of the Mississippi and
Missouri Rivers to Clinton, which is about 75 miles southeast of Kansas
City. The trail is commonly known as the Katy Trail as it follows the
right-of-way of the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad and is the longest
Rails-to-Trails trail in the United States.
Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad ceased operation from Sedalia to Machens in
1986 and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources began to acquire the
right-of-way. The National Trails System Act of 1968 made conversion of the
corridor from a railroad to a trail possible. 165 miles of the Katy Trail State Park has been designated
an official segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic
Trail and the trail from St. Charles to Boonville is part of the American
Discovery Trail. Most of the trail follows the northern bank of the
Missouri River. The trail is open for use by hikers, joggers, and cyclists
year-round. The St. Charles to Augusta leg
in St. Charles County is popular with residents of metropolitan St. Louis.
Trail State Park
Sunrise to Sunset
There is no charge to visit Katy Trail State Park.
Directions: There are 6 trailheads
that provide access to the Katy Trail State Park in St. Charles County:
Directions to these locations can be found at www.bikekatytrail.com.
Official site of the Katy Trail State Park provide by the Missouri
Department of Natural Resources.
Comprehensive site of the Katy Trail State Park with information on
a variety of services and activities for each section of the trail.