find trail maps, reviews, photos & driving directions on traillink.com Katy, suburb of Houston, Texas, is named for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (commonly referred to as the "K-T … Clifton City Trailhead: From Highway 135, turn onto Route BB. Home Trail Map Trip Planner KT Forum Towns & Services Mileage Chart Merchandise Search KT / RI Map. This road is paved with no shoulder and winds through farmland but has hardly any traffic. They shuttled us from St. Charles to Clinton on Day two and picked us up when we finished in St. Charles. Would I do it again? I'd caution about going too late in the season. 1) park the car at Boonville trailhead, (where there is a nice museum) and ride to Pilot Grove, one way distance about 11.5 miles, where there is a small cafe (Katarina's) a few blocks Sw of trailhead, open typically until about 2PM. It meets the Katy Trail at McBaine and is hard to miss, as this is the most populated part of the trail. The population was 11,775 at the 2000 census. Forgot account? Defiance to Machens back to St. Charles. This is followed by 3 (or is it 4) hills, that slow me to 8mph going up, and 15 - 17 mph down; the ups are definitely longer than the downs! After crossing the Missouri on the Hiway 40 bridge, the trail traverses river bottoms, with little of interest to note. Sedalia has a nice KATY Trail Depot museum that is worth your time for a visit. On average it takes 25 minutes to complete this trail. The signs lead you to a great museum (restored depot) and a great bike shop. From Boonville the Katy follows the Missouri River valley the remainder of the trail so you will continuously be on fairly level grade. While much has been repaired, please check trail conditions on the Missouri State Parks website before going out to ride as certain areas have posted detours and closures. For those who don't know, the Katy trail is a 3.5 mile paved trail that runs from the American Airlines Center, basically to SMU. My wife up until a year ago used to be a part time short order cook at the Mokane Bar and Grill. Take your camera as there are several photo stops along the way. In Sedalia, we stayed at the Hotel Bothwell – a wonderfully restored and beautiful hotel. Lots of things to do and see along the way, including side trails, parks, restaurants, shops, bar/grills, and wineries. Turn northwest onto MO 94 (toward downtown St. Charles) and follow signs for MO 94 for 7.2 miles. BringFido Guest Rating. I was told of occasional sightings of copperheads but never saw any of those rascals.Camping proved to be a bit of a challenge. As you approach Rocheport, you will pass through the 243 foot long Katy tunnel built in 1893. Whistle stops all have clean bathrooms (chemical – but clean!). Real beds in St. Charles stayed at a hotel. They also rent good bikes. We rode out & back loops starting at various depots/trailheads for 5 days. Day 7-51 miles. The trail follows the river off and on with stretches thru the floodplain farmland. 1 Helpful vote. Several B& B’s and numerous motels are available in Columbia and Jefferson City as well. It’s about 1/3 mile through the woods. The 3rd day, we woke up to thunderstorms and pounding rain, and decided not to pursue the ride into St. Charles but set our sights on the Spring of 2015 to finish out the last 61 miles of this great rails to trails project. One mile west of Easley, Cooper’s Landing is a bike rider’s camping enigma with a pretty view over looking the river. In May we found some interesting wildflowers along the trail. 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. Trailheads informative with maps and clean facilities. Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed that night sp we ate where everyone else eats – at Fitter’s which is a good pub with lots of beer options (including our favorite: Shock Top Belgian White!). Not Now. This trail is tightly packed gravel and is an immaculately maintained state park. Odometer is 1091, again, MM 203.3.I cross over I70 at about 1035 near MM 196. The shuttle will pick you and your bike up and drive directly to the KATY Trailhead in Rocheport (3- 3.5 hours).Take the Trail west one mile to go through the beautiful tunnel at the entrance of Rocheport. ", "Excerpted from the Kaw Valley Bike Club's (Topeka KS) Cyclometer newsletter: The section between Tebbetts and Treloar interesting was the towns along the trail as often as the biking of the route. My wife and I rode the whole trail over 6 days, including the "closed" section between mile markers 34-35. Turn lsouth (left) onto 1st Street. We rode for 6 days on a trail that is, in my opinion, a national treasure. I would suggest this as a model for those who are starting or working on trails. Awesome trail - now go ride it! Not to mention the charming towns and whistle stops along the way. This is the longest uninterupted trail in the US. sites). We did it March 18-21 and very few places in between the major stops were open for business yet. The trail was close the Missouri River and part of the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail. Tra il Acce sPo nt Trail Access Plazas 1. Soft drinks are available from a vending machine up the hill outside a garage. Getting to Jefferson City requires branching off to the Jefferson City Greenway right at the North Jefferson whistle stop. Katy Trail . All in all, you can't beat it, especially in the spring and fall months. Day two we rode back to Augusta for a stay at the Lindenhof B&B. Road signs and directions were rare- even the Boonville trailhead at the beautiful Spanish accented depot is virtually unknown to many town residents.For those interested in camping, the Bobber Lake RV campground near Boonville (south of exit 103) was a pleasant, quiet experience with clean showers and a reasonable price. Turn south (left) onto Pike St. 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. Rode through farmland and North Jefferson City, MO Making our total mileage 238 miles!! low fat oatmeal pancakes, 2 eggs, fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee, and fresh strawberries. Follow NW 401 Road for 1 mile, and turn right to stay on NW 401 Road for an additional 0.1 mile before it intersects with MO 7 S. Follow MO 7 S for 3.8 miles; then take the exit for MO 52 W for 0.2 mile. Being from California, we used a service to plan the trip (Independent Tourist). The trail surface is excellent overall. Go Mizzou! We did it over 4.5 days. Leaf colors were outstanding; weather a bit uncooperative. Thursday-Rode from Tebbetts to Hartsburg-46 miles Lots of people on the trail today. A few walkers too.Lunch at the Main Street Café in downtown Booneville, about 2 blocks from the bridge over the Missouri - from here on, the trail follows the Missouri to St. Charles. The scenery is similar to yesterday’s- mostly farmland with a pretty 6 mile stretch west of Treloar. When we were last through Clifton City, she had served notice that vandals were likely going to cause the end of her supplies, however. The trailhead is pretty busy with both walkers and cyclists. It is not a hard trail to ride. Although the Guidebook indicated that tenters were welcome at the Sundermeier RV Park in St Charles, we were readily denied camping space there. I had the pleasure to ride this beautiful trail starting in Rocheport, MO riding West one day to Booneville and East another day to McBaine while staying in Columbia for the solar ecilpse last year. This past summer I rode 120 miles of the Katy Trail. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/missouri/katy-trail-st-charles-to-machens After reinforcing our tires (slimed or lined tires) we had no further difficulties. Went to Rocheport for lunch and ate at the Mulberry Grill and Bakery which is neither a grill nor a bakery – it’s a pizza place with an outdoor oven and is actually good! We did make a stop for some refreshments at Peet’s Store and enjoyed some live music. I was a little concerned about sharing the busy road with cars, especially crossing the bridge over the Loutre River. It was a blast, even though there was some rain to deal with. If you’re … Just don’t try to camp there at the time of the fair in August. St.Charles West. I set off to break the fastest known time on the Katy Trail, and despite the physical problems I had was able to get it done. We ate at the hotel – the restaurant was closed that night (sorry to say!) I took the train and my bike and went to Hermann where I waited out a storm before riding the Herman to Machens leg (about 80 miles). Wouldn't really recommend a 23mm tired bike since the trail is lime stone and any roadie will know what that can do to tires. We rode this one from the Clinton trailhead for about 5 miles. Although the Katy Trail has its own rich history, many more stories were made along the path long before the railroad was even built. As we cruised this section, 4 deer crossed in front of us and made their way up one of the many valleys carved through the walls by creeks and erosion. Roadies needn't worry too much though, it's smooth enough that a quality 23mm wide tire should tolerate it fairly well.I rode 25 miles both directions from Jefferson City and if the rest of the trail is of equal condition, I can't wait to ride it end to end some time. Day 11- 39 miles. Friendly folks, good food, and just plain fun. Some stops have bicycle pumps! My friend and I walked from Black Walnut, where parking is available, to Machens, where there is no parking. They have panniers - a better way to pack a bike compared to my top-heavy backpack on top of the rack pack.Leave Marthasville 1100, MM 77.7.Leave Augusta 1208, odometer 1232.1, MM 66.3.Leave Defiance 1300, odometer 1240.4, MM 79.Cross under I64/40 at odometer 1248.2.Cross under 370/Page bridge at odometer 1256.61431, arrive St. Charles, odometer 1260.5, MM 39.5.Monday 5/14 metrics: McKittrick to Trelor, 1.17 hrs, 16.2 miles, average 14.1mph Defiance to St Charles, 1.51 hrs, 20.1 miles, average 13.3 mph Day; McKittrick to St Charles, 5.93 hours, 63.7 miles, average 10.7 mphDon BairdSt. The only drawback was its location (adjacent to I 70’s Exit 170), 19 miles from the McKittrick railhead. on their organized ride is at http://mostateparks.com/katytrail/. But it is navigable, and has to save time vs riding on city streets. thanks mdnr! The rest of the trail simply follows the riverbed of the Missouri. People along trail are friendly. We have ridden many trails and this one is the best (ok I know it's our neighborhood trail). For me, 3 24oz water bottles wasn't enough, course, having a flat tire 5 miles out of Sedalia didn't help either. Day three Bluffton to St. Charles Distance 71.4 miles We ate ice cream at a place called Choo Choos a little caboose converted to an ice cream stand just off the trail. We went on to Rhineland where we stayed at the Doll House B&B which was WONDERFUL! Broasted chicken, german potatoe salad, and rhubarb pie! This, we discovered, on a 25 mph south wind day, making for very slow going. I have the good fortune of living less than a block away from the Katy Trail. The majority of the trail is accessible to persons with disabilities. This state park is an amazing resource. Opening Hours. If you’re on a mobile device it even allows you to get directions! We leave the photo for posterity. Our Katy Trail apartments are sure to meet and exceed the standards of even the most discerning prospective residents. 64 check-ins. Augusta is a small town (at the top of the river bluffs adjacent to the trail) with some decent wineries.". But the climb into Columbia is gradual and terrifically scenic. ", "I rode the trail from St. Charles to Clinton Sept 20 to Sept 29 2004.I did it by myself with cell phone support from children and friends. Make sure you fill your water bottles at Pilot Grove because we never found any water at Clifton City and it's a 24 mile ride to Sedalia from Pilot Grove. Few natives we spoke with seemed to take much interest in the trail and I suppose that applies to drivers as well. Rocheport, Missouri 65279. centrally located 12 miles west of Columbia, Missouri, in the heart of Missouri Wine Country. Thorns are aplenty west to Boonville. 360 75 67 80 635 635 35 35 45 30 30 20 20 121 161 12 360 12 121 114 161 183 Da l las North IN T ol l w a y Downtown D all s General trail location shown in red below. Day 2 . We saw a number of park rangers along the way because we were in a stormy time and trees fell down, parts of the trail washed away, but these rangers fixed it all in no time. David’s Way 3. Katy is a city located in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller Counties in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. This was my FAVORITE section of the Katy Trail. Just off the trail in … See more of Katy Trail Trux on Facebook. However, the bike lane on this bridge is very generous on space and the area in general is bike-friendly. We still talk and laugh about the great memories we have concerning this trip. We got a pizza at the Tinmill Brewery and listened to some good music and also went to the Hermannhof Winery where we got wine and more music! Built on the former railroad corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad, the Katy Trail is the longest of the rails-to-trails routes. He did fly however. Got a “GO VOLS “greeting from him!! Snacks at Augusta Brewery and ordered pizza from Saucey’s for a dinner in. Unbelievably beautiful country. From the Train Depot to the NE corner of Sedalia, where the trail is picked up, is well marked with street signs, bearing the KATY insignia. 1240, odometer 1179.3, near MM 117. Tons of space to pass, so even the less well-mannered speed freaks can pass safely. Day 13-35 miles. Dinner at Bella Vino (an amazing relatively new restaurant—April is an amazing waitress!). I can't speak for the other 200 miles but what I saw was worth the time and minimal effort...even in 90 degree weather! The trail parallels the highway most of the distance except for 4 scenic miles east of Portland when you are sandwiched between bluffs and river- the rock wall is the highest along the Katy. 424 South Main Street (1,737.65 mi) St. Charles, MO 63301. This was especially convenient for me as I lived in Columbia, a town on the MKT spur of the trail. The full grid trestles near Cooper’s Landing and past the water works on the M-K-T (~ marker 6.0) are good points to photograph riders crossing either bridge. Whether you are a cyclist, walker, horse rider, nature lover, or history buff, the trail offers something for you. The trail was awesome; shade from a canopy of trees much of the way, no motorized vehicles, nice friendly places to stop along the way, hard packed gravel that had the feel of a paved road, very few ruts and just an occasional patch of loose gravel. Enter your address below to get driving directions from your location to Oak Park Trails Apartments in Katy: Westin Homes in Trails of Katy features our Estate collection of homes, located in Katy, Tx. The Black Walnut trailhead and parking lot will be on your right in 0.1 mile at the intersection of Music Ferry Road and Black Walnut Road. Well kept up gardens as you enter St Charles suggest that property values typically increase alongside a recreational trail. At the intersection with Music Ferry Road, turn right onto … Along the way, we met the folks in Hartsburg who were having their annual Fall festival which was fun. The park, built on the former cooridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT or "Katy"), is 225 miles long and runs from Clinton to St. Charles. The grade is biker friendly and most pretty. or. The whistle stops all have signs giving facts about the area and that particular section of the trail. Note that you can connect with Amtrak at Washington (Dutzow trailhead on the Katy), Hermann, Jefferson City, and Sedalia, but they have a limit on bikes per train. Good food is available in many spots in Columbia- for a special dinner, consider eating at Everett’s, just south of exit 127 from I-70. Turn east (right) onto Greens Bottom Road. In my opinion it is the best way to go about it. Hop off the trail for side trip to Jefferson City via the access route that leads to the pedestrian/bicycle bridge that is attached to the Missouri River Bridge. Highlight towns are definitely Rocheport and Hermann. This is a very nice trail. We travel with a RV and did the trail by setting up in the area and riding in both directions, out and back, before moving further along the trail. Sedalia Trailhead: From Highway 50, turn north onto Engineer Avenue. I loved it! We stayed in Hermann, and opted to utilize the BikeHermann bike rental and shuttle service so that we could have a one-way, continuous ride (we aren't big on ride-out-ride-back). Be sure to allow plenty of time to cruise the 13 block corridor by foot- give yourself a minimum of 2 hours to check out the town; but bring a checkbook, empty panniers and strong legs to carry purchases back with you. It was a fabulous experience. Instead, my preference would be to go just after a good rain and cooler temperatures. True to her last year’s warning, Blackie’s daughter is no longer stocking the old trailside refrigerator in Clifton City. Katy Trail Ice House is a restaurant located on the trail where people of all ages, genders, and types gather to drink cold beer, eat good food, and play a few games. I am from Colorado. [which was easily ride-able]Wow! 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