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Explore the best rated trails in Clinton, MO. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Rock Island Spur of Katy Trail State Park and Legacy Park Trail. With more than 8 trails covering 320 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
We took the week and rode the whole thing. So much fun and very rewarding. There are a few places with ruts from rain and wear on the trail but plenty of crews out doing improvements and they are fairly well marked. Can’t wait to do it again.
I rode from Frontier park in St Charles to Defiance and back and thoroughly enjoyed the Katy trail. The trail was well maintained overall with a few spots of looser gravel around construction near St Charles. The rest of the trail was hard packed and a great surface for riding. Had lunch at the Defiance Ridge Winery not far off the trail. There is a sign on the trail pointing you in the right direction. They had great food with lots of variety. Enjoyed the peacefulness of the trail and the glimpses of the Missouri River. There were quite a few people out on the trail on a Friday morning and early afternoon.
Rode 15 miles east from Rocheport and then back for a total of 30 miles in Sept 2022. Weekday ride with a few other riders around. Trail is in great shape and very much worth the trip. Surprisingly my wife saw 5 snakes and I saw 1 along our out and back. All were small and hopefully harmless (we didn't stick around to find out).
Lunch at the Meriwether Cafe was nice for us too. All in all that section of the Katy Trail was worth the visit. We are east coasters and targeted this trail for our vacation.
We live 10 miles from the Clinton trailhead as such we ride it often. We have risen rails to trails in many states. Shot of being concrete one of the best. Crushed limestone is the next best and they do a fr job of maintenance. Come to Missouri and enjoy a great trail
As a trucker I decided to get back into cycling and I’ve read and watched videos about this trail. Ran across it unintentionally and rode about 3 miles of it. Just a nice Amazing trail. To bad I don’t have time to ride more of it.
rode entire trail in August heat!! used shuttle services in St. Charles and Jefferson City(red wheel bike shop) . worked out great!! Trail around St. Charles under repair after recent flooding but can get through it. Jefferson City to Boonville the nicest section. From Boonville to Sedalia it seemed uphill for the first 4 miles out of Boonville!! Because of the time of year, there were very few other bikers. Nice little stops along the way with information boards-lot of history. Great memories!!!
July 15 - 18, 2022 - I did a solo bike packing ride starting in St Charles and heading west. I rode approximately 120 miles each day. Day 1 was St Charles to Hartsburg on Friday. Lots of places to stop to eat and refill water. Trail was in great shape. Day 2 was Hartsburg to Clinton. Once you cross the river the trail is not well maintained until about Sedalia. Day 3 was Clinton back to Hartsburg. Day 4 was Hartsburg to St Charles. Everything is closed on Monday so this was a harder day with only a couple of stops. Overall a great experience and I would recommend this trail!
No designated parking at either end, as well as being poorly marked. Lots of neighborhood construction at the south end where you have to go out in the road to get around it.
This was a great ride. We went through the only original tunnel on the trail built in 1893. We had lunch at the Meriwether Cafe. Trail is in great condition and Boonville has a beautiful depot, gift shop,, and museum.
We road from the Sundermeier RV park in St Charles to the end of the trail in Machens. It was a really smooth and relatively flat ride. We only had a couple of days to ride and will definitely come back to ride more of this trail.
Trail is interesting and well maintained. The bridge that was causing a detour is now open as of last week. We ate at the general store in Rocheport, delightful.
Who would guess that a ride in the middle of August in the middle of Missouri would be so spectacular? The Katy Trail’s inclusion in the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame is totally deserved. While we only had time to ride a small stretch of the 240-mile trail that bisects the state, if the rest of trail is anything like what we experienced midway, it’s not to be missed. As of 2021, it’s also the longest continuous rail-trail, built upon the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT) or the Katy, for short.
We chose to put in close to Rt. 70 near the northern-most point of the trail in the tiny but picturesque town of Rocheport, population 244. The trail is the main attraction in Rocheport; signage was clear, there was a nice parking lot, a cute depot with restrooms, and a great little café called Meriweather just steps away from the trail.
Heading east, on our right was the broad and beautiful Missouri River. Every mile or so, we passed inviting benches that faced the yawning expanse. The trail itself was wide and the packed gravel and dirt made for easy pedaling. Towering above us were dramatic sandstone, limestone and granite bluffs, at times reaching up nearly 75 feet. Caves could be seen embedded in the stone and occasional signs warned us not to stop for the next quarter mile where falling rocks were a threat.
There appeared to be three levels of terrain along this portion of the trail – the water level, the trail level, then the top of the bluffs level. We passed only a few others the whole time we were on the trail.
There is winery within walking distance of the trail or a popular brewery in nearby Columbia for celebrating a great ride!
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