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Bear Creek Trail (MO)

4.8 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone

County House Trail

2 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Hinkson Creek Trail

4.3 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone

Hominy Creek Trail

1.2 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Jefferson City Greenway Trail

8.4 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Katy Trail Spur (Jefferson City)

0.8 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone

Katy Trail State Park

239.6 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone, Gravel

MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

8.9 mi
State: MO
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Scott's Branch Trail

1.6 mi
State: MO
Concrete

South Providence Trail

1.7 mi
State: MO
Concrete

Wabash Walkway

0.15 mi
State: MO
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Columbia’s Bear Creek Trail links two of the city's most popular community parks: the 533-acre Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area (popularly known as Cosmo Park) in the west and the 81.5-acre...
MO 4.8 mi Crushed Stone
County House Trail is a 2-mile paved pathway in southwestern Columbia. The southern end of the trail connects to the scenic 8.9-mile MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, which in turn reaches the Katy Trail...
MO 2 mi Concrete
Hinkson Creek Trail offers a beautiful, natural escape as it curves around southern and eastern Columbia. The crushed limestone trail stretches just over 4 miles, partly along the southern end of the...
MO 4.3 mi Crushed Stone
Hominy Creek Trail is just over a mile between Green Valley Drive and Lansing Avenue in eastern Columbia. Along the way, the paved pathway follows its namesake tree-lined creek and passes under East...
MO 1.2 mi Concrete
The Jefferson City Greenway Trail spans the capital of Missouri, east to west. The trail primarily follows Wears Creek, although one segment parallels W. Edgewood Drive, offering striking views of the...
MO 8.4 mi Concrete
The Katy Trail Spur, although short, provides a vital connection between the 238-mile Katy Trail State Park and the North Jefferson Recreation Area on the north bank of the Missouri River. The new...
MO 0.8 mi Crushed Stone
Katy Trail State Park is the nation's longest continuous rail-trail, offering nearly 240 miles of scenic trail from Clinton east to Machens on the outskirts of St. Louis. The Katy Trail is in the...
MO 239.6 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
Once the site of a spur line of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad, the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail now whisks cyclists and pedestrians (instead of trains) between Columbia and the small town...
MO 8.9 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
Although Scott's Branch Trail is short (just over a mile), it’s a beautiful gem in western Columbia, traversing both the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary and Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary. (Note that...
MO 1.6 mi Concrete
South Providence Trail offers a straight north-south route paralleling its namesake roadway on the southern end of Columbia. As it’s adjacent to both Rock Bridge Elementary School and Rock Bridge High...
MO 1.7 mi Concrete
Columbia’s Wabash Walkway travels a short distance northwest from the campus of Columbia College. While currently less than 0.5 mile long, plans are in the works to extend it farther northeast to...
MO 0.15 mi Concrete

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Scott's Branch Trail

MO - 1.6 miles

Although Scott's Branch Trail is short (just over a mile), it’s a beautiful gem in western Columbia, traversing both the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary and Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary. (Note that...

MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

MO - 8.9 miles

Once the site of a spur line of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad, the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail now whisks cyclists and pedestrians (instead of trains) between Columbia and the small town...

Jefferson City Greenway Trail

MO - 8.4 miles

The Jefferson City Greenway Trail spans the capital of Missouri, east to west. The trail primarily follows Wears Creek, although one segment parallels W. Edgewood Drive, offering striking views of the...

Hominy Creek Trail

MO - 1.2 miles

Hominy Creek Trail is just over a mile between Green Valley Drive and Lansing Avenue in eastern Columbia. Along the way, the paved pathway follows its namesake tree-lined creek and passes under East...

Accordion

Bear Creek Trail (MO)

MO - 4.8 miles

Columbia’s Bear Creek Trail links two of the city's most popular community parks: the 533-acre Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area (popularly known as Cosmo Park) in the west and the 81.5-acre...

Wabash Walkway

MO - 0.15 miles

Columbia’s Wabash Walkway travels a short distance northwest from the campus of Columbia College. While currently less than 0.5 mile long, plans are in the works to extend it farther northeast to...

Katy Trail Spur (Jefferson City)

MO - 0.8 miles

The Katy Trail Spur, although short, provides a vital connection between the 238-mile Katy Trail State Park and the North Jefferson Recreation Area on the north bank of the Missouri River. The new...

County House Trail

MO - 2 miles

County House Trail is a 2-mile paved pathway in southwestern Columbia. The southern end of the trail connects to the scenic 8.9-mile MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, which in turn reaches the Katy Trail...

Katy Trail State Park

MO - 239.6 miles

Katy Trail State Park is the nation's longest continuous rail-trail, offering nearly 240 miles of scenic trail from Clinton east to Machens on the outskirts of St. Louis. The Katy Trail is in the...

Hinkson Creek Trail

MO - 4.3 miles

Hinkson Creek Trail offers a beautiful, natural escape as it curves around southern and eastern Columbia. The crushed limestone trail stretches just over 4 miles, partly along the southern end of the...

South Providence Trail

MO - 1.7 miles

South Providence Trail offers a straight north-south route paralleling its namesake roadway on the southern end of Columbia. As it’s adjacent to both Rock Bridge Elementary School and Rock Bridge High...

Katy Trail State Park

MO - 239.6 miles

Katy Trail State Park is the nation's longest continuous rail-trail, offering nearly 240 miles of scenic trail from Clinton east to Machens on the outskirts of St. Louis. The Katy Trail is in the...

Hinkson Creek Trail

MO - 4.3 miles

Hinkson Creek Trail offers a beautiful, natural escape as it curves around southern and eastern Columbia. The crushed limestone trail stretches just over 4 miles, partly along the southern end of the...

South Providence Trail

MO - 1.7 miles

South Providence Trail offers a straight north-south route paralleling its namesake roadway on the southern end of Columbia. As it’s adjacent to both Rock Bridge Elementary School and Rock Bridge High...

Scott's Branch Trail

MO - 1.6 miles

Although Scott's Branch Trail is short (just over a mile), it’s a beautiful gem in western Columbia, traversing both the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary and Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary. (Note that...

Accordion

County House Trail

MO - 2 miles

County House Trail is a 2-mile paved pathway in southwestern Columbia. The southern end of the trail connects to the scenic 8.9-mile MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, which in turn reaches the Katy Trail...

Jefferson City Greenway Trail

MO - 8.4 miles

The Jefferson City Greenway Trail spans the capital of Missouri, east to west. The trail primarily follows Wears Creek, although one segment parallels W. Edgewood Drive, offering striking views of the...

Hominy Creek Trail

MO - 1.2 miles

Hominy Creek Trail is just over a mile between Green Valley Drive and Lansing Avenue in eastern Columbia. Along the way, the paved pathway follows its namesake tree-lined creek and passes under East...

Katy Trail Spur (Jefferson City)

MO - 0.8 miles

The Katy Trail Spur, although short, provides a vital connection between the 238-mile Katy Trail State Park and the North Jefferson Recreation Area on the north bank of the Missouri River. The new...

Wabash Walkway

MO - 0.15 miles

Columbia’s Wabash Walkway travels a short distance northwest from the campus of Columbia College. While currently less than 0.5 mile long, plans are in the works to extend it farther northeast to...

Bear Creek Trail (MO)

MO - 4.8 miles

Columbia’s Bear Creek Trail links two of the city's most popular community parks: the 533-acre Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area (popularly known as Cosmo Park) in the west and the 81.5-acre...

MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

MO - 8.9 miles

Once the site of a spur line of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad, the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail now whisks cyclists and pedestrians (instead of trains) between Columbia and the small town...

Hinkson Creek Trail

MO - 4.3 miles

Hinkson Creek Trail offers a beautiful, natural escape as it curves around southern and eastern Columbia. The crushed limestone trail stretches just over 4 miles, partly along the southern end of the...

Katy Trail Spur (Jefferson City)

MO - 0.8 miles

The Katy Trail Spur, although short, provides a vital connection between the 238-mile Katy Trail State Park and the North Jefferson Recreation Area on the north bank of the Missouri River. The new...

Katy Trail State Park

MO - 239.6 miles

Katy Trail State Park is the nation's longest continuous rail-trail, offering nearly 240 miles of scenic trail from Clinton east to Machens on the outskirts of St. Louis. The Katy Trail is in the...

Hominy Creek Trail

MO - 1.2 miles

Hominy Creek Trail is just over a mile between Green Valley Drive and Lansing Avenue in eastern Columbia. Along the way, the paved pathway follows its namesake tree-lined creek and passes under East...

Accordion

Wabash Walkway

MO - 0.15 miles

Columbia’s Wabash Walkway travels a short distance northwest from the campus of Columbia College. While currently less than 0.5 mile long, plans are in the works to extend it farther northeast to...

County House Trail

MO - 2 miles

County House Trail is a 2-mile paved pathway in southwestern Columbia. The southern end of the trail connects to the scenic 8.9-mile MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, which in turn reaches the Katy Trail...

South Providence Trail

MO - 1.7 miles

South Providence Trail offers a straight north-south route paralleling its namesake roadway on the southern end of Columbia. As it’s adjacent to both Rock Bridge Elementary School and Rock Bridge High...

MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

MO - 8.9 miles

Once the site of a spur line of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad, the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail now whisks cyclists and pedestrians (instead of trains) between Columbia and the small town...

Bear Creek Trail (MO)

MO - 4.8 miles

Columbia’s Bear Creek Trail links two of the city's most popular community parks: the 533-acre Columbia Cosmopolitan Recreation Area (popularly known as Cosmo Park) in the west and the 81.5-acre...

Jefferson City Greenway Trail

MO - 8.4 miles

The Jefferson City Greenway Trail spans the capital of Missouri, east to west. The trail primarily follows Wears Creek, although one segment parallels W. Edgewood Drive, offering striking views of the...

Scott's Branch Trail

MO - 1.6 miles

Although Scott's Branch Trail is short (just over a mile), it’s a beautiful gem in western Columbia, traversing both the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary and Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary. (Note that...

Recent Trail Reviews

Katy Trail State Park

Keep bringing us great trail info!

June, 2017 by jtrockefeller

Keep bringing us great trail info!

Katy Trail State Park

Easy riding trail

June, 2017 by smithc061309

We chose to ride a section of the Katy Trail between Matson and Hermann on June 9th. This was our third bicycle excursion, and my favorite by far! 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). The shop owner, John, was very helpful and gave us pointers and sites to look for along the trail, such as old-timey general stores and historic markers.

This trail was very well maintained; there were a few spots where new lime/gravel had been added due to flood damage in May. All things considered, this trail was repaired quickly and repaired right, and any place new material was added was well marked by "rough surface" signs to give trail users a little warning. Trail markers are plentiful (so much that we rarely used our trail map), and the section we rode was mostly shaded (maybe 3/4 of the route), which made for a comfortable ride. Several benches, wineries, and trailheads offering water, restrooms and other amenities were plentiful on this section as well. There are some really great views of the river around mm 96, and the sandstone bluffs along this route are gorgeous.

At McKittrick, we took the Hermann trail spur off of the Katy and onto MO Hwy 19. I was a little concerned about sharing the busy road with cars, especially crossing the bridge over the Loutre River. However, the bike lane on this bridge is very generous on space and the area in general is bike-friendly. The second bridge, that crosses the Missouri, has a separate bike/walking path on the west side. I would come back and ride this one again, or maybe the next section to the north. This is a very nice trail.

Katy Trail State Park

HE CAUGHT THE KATY….

January, 2017 by koldtoess

Un-FREAKIN’-Believable! The review could end here.
Buy “The Complete Katy Trail Guidebook” by Brett Dufur.
I only had two days to ride to make the best of the eastern half. I will return to ride the western half and the Bluffton and McKittrick/Herman sections I missed. Day 1 - I rode from Columbia to Portland (ride the M-K-T, visit the MLK Memorial Gardens, stop at the iron bridges, enjoy the bluffs, creeks & river, linger at Cooper’s Landing & eat at Dotty’s Cafe). Day 2 - I rode from Trelor to St. Charles (talk to folks at Turner KT Shelter, drink a beverage at Augusta & enjoy the well-earned bounty of St. Charles).

Accordion

Katy Trail State Park

Went for a Bike ride--Got an amazing history lesson too

November, 2016 by emlundeen

Rented our bikes from Touring Cyclist. The bikes had pannier racks ready for us to load up. We were picked up from the airport and taken to their shop to get fitted for our bikes. They shuttled us from St. Charles to Clinton on Day two and picked us up when we finished in St. Charles. We biked St. Charles to Machen on Day 1. The bikes were perfect for the trail. My cycling friend and I had an amazingly good time biking the 237.7 miles of this trail. The scenery changes were great. The towns along the way had perfect accommodations for us. At some of the Trail Heads there are self repair bike stations. We stopped at every trail head and read the information provided. Took a couple of added detours/stops we would not have known about if it had not been for all the information the trail heads provide. Although you have to add a few miles to get into some towns with accommodations and food, the pathways across the river, etc. provided easy access without automobile traffic.

Many kudos for those who take care of the trail. It is truly a memorable trail ride and the longest I've ever ridden. Love, love, loved it.

MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

bike trip

October, 2016 by jnbkdasc

Love this trail!! Beautiful area. I will be back to ride it again.

Katy Trail State Park

A Great Trail

October, 2016 by gzymmb

We rode this one from the Clinton trailhead for about 5 miles. It was a fun ride on a nice, flat trail. At this trailhead, there were restrooms, water, a bike stand, tools, and even a hand air pump.

Katy Trail State Park

TN Travelers September Experience

October, 2016 by bikerathiker

My husband and I stayed in Hartsburg, MO Centrally located along the KATY Trail. We rode out & back loops starting at various depots/trailheads for 5 days. Because of this, we did the mileage of the trail but did not actually cover the entire KATY trail. We traveled on the wide crushed gravel trail on the area from Sedalia to Marthasville, only experiencing a few rough areas from wash outs between Hartsburg and Tebbetts just after leaving the Hartsburg trailhead. The trail was in great shape otherwise! This would be a great trail for a family with children to enjoy. The week began with temperatures in the 90s and then cooled down for the rest of the week into the low 80’s which made riding more enjoyable.

Saturday- Rode from Hartsburg To Roeche Port -52 miles With the Missouri River on one side and beautiful rock bluffs on the other side. HOT day!!! in the 90’s Lot’s of folks were on the trail.
Sunday- was a day of rest (thankfully). We took the afternoon to tour & taste at 3 of the local wineries in Hermann.
Monday-Rode from Roeche Port to Pilot Grove-52 miles We had some gentle ups and downs. Passed through New Franklin (the Santa Fe Trail originally started there) and Booneville (named after Daniel because he lived in the area at one time) Lots of history following the Lewis and Clark trail.
Tuesday-Drove to Pilot Grove to begin our ride. Got there and began unloading bikes and realized that we forgot our lunches (rental house 1 hour away) SOOOOO we drove to Walmart to pick up items for lunch (only 20 minutes away) So we got a late start on the trail…I had shoulder cramps. Just went to mile marker 224(almost to Sedalia)- 42 miles. I had on my UT biking shirt. Passed someone one on the trail from Tellico, TN. Got a “GO VOLS “greeting from him!!
Wednesday-Rode Marthasville to McKittrick-46 miles. This was my FAVORITE section of the Katy Trail. The trail was close the Missouri River and part of the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail. We passed a large middle school group of kids. They were doing 25 mile sections of the KATY trail each day.
Thursday-Rode from Tebbetts to Hartsburg-46 miles Lots of people on the trail today. Rode through farmland and North Jefferson City, MO Making our total mileage 238 miles!!

P.S. Don’t forget to bring your bug spray, the mosquitos can be quite aggressive!

Katy Trail State Park

Well maintained trail nicely marked Booneville to Creve Coeur Trail

September, 2016 by bmcgee1983_tl

Trail was nicely marked miles wise I felt like the trail was under serviced there were many business that were not open that I planned on using. Hats off to the people that maintain the trail it was in good shape. Trail was comparable to the GAP trail between Pittsburgh PA and Cumberland MD just less service areas. The newly remodeled Katfish Katy's in Columbia MO was a nice oasis right on the trail good food.

Katy Trail State Park

THE PLAN COMES TOGETHER!

August, 2016 by utpaduke

I planned this 190-mi bike trip last fall/spring to coincide w/Cards vs. Braves games 5-7 Aug that my wife & I were going to attend. I drove in from Raleigh; my Bro, Al flew in from Houston on Monday 1 Aug to St Charles Mo. On Tues 2 Aug, we rode Amtrak w/our bikes to Sedalia. We began our ride on Tues @ 130PM and rode 50 mi to Rocheport. On Wed we rode 78 mi to McKittrick. On Thurs we rode 61 mi to St Charles! Despite some recent flooding which accounted for a few rough/boggy spots, the KATY trail was OUTSTANDING! The 3-day ride was HOT & grueling, because neither of us had ever ridden w/panniers, and because ice was in short supply. Thank God, the trail is about 75% shaded! I would equate this experience to our G/Canyon Rim-to-Rim hiking experience last October! The people were FRIENDLY; the views of the BIG MO River were AWESOME & INSPIRED us along, as if we had been floating on the raft w/Huck Finn! Months of planning, and all the reservations required were very much worth the effort! The only change, I would make is leave the Amtrak ride for Day3; not Day1.

Katy Trail State Park

I love the Katy

June, 2016 by steve plattner

I live in Cincinnati but have driven out to Missouri 2x to ride the Katy. First, last November, drove to St. Louis, parked at the secure Amtrak lot, rode the train and took my bike to Sedalia. The conductor just stood there and told me to hurry up and get my bike on board and get situated--didn't lift a finger, but I got on and really enjoyed the ride to Sedalia. Got off, rode to the Hotel Bothwell (highly recommended) four blocks away, and took off at 10 AM for Rocheport. It was sunny and cold (35 degrees but eventually hit 55)--some small trees and branches blocked a couple of spots from a storm the day before, but cleared them off, explored Boonville, and ended the day in Rocheport--beautiful spot. Ate dinner at Abigail's--wonderful place. Rode from there 80 miles to McKittrick the next day--stayed at Joey's Birdhouse--very nice B+B. Rode over to Hermann, and took a day off to take the train down to Washington, MO and explored that area before heading back to St. Louis. In two days of intense riding only saw 1 other person riding, and a few walking. The stretch east of Rocheport is beautiful and loaded with historical information about Lewis & Clark. Trail was in good shape, though with lots of leaves down you have to watch for the occasional gopher hole or erosion in a few places. Overall, the trail is maintained really, really well.

I went back in March--week before Easter--with my wife. We took shorter rides--Boonville (really nice town, great hotel--Hotel Frederick) 1/2 way to Clinton and back, and from there over to Clinton and back. 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). I love Herman. Great Wurst Haus near the train station. The only rough spot I ever encountered was 3-4 west of Machens, where as a sign warned, the trail had pretty much been washed away over the winter. It was muddy and with Big Ben Schwalbe tires, I was still able to get through and finish out the whole trail.

I really enjoy riding this one off-season. You really have to plan ahead--what if a tire blows or you have a mechanical issue? You need to be prepared and as someone else noted, on November 1 the water is shut off at the trail heads, so you need to plan for it. There aren't many places to stay in the winter, and some of them are pretty spendy, so I would factor that in too. Having Amtrak to take you and your bike for an extra $10 (despite the occasional cranky conductor), is a huge plus too if you're going to St. Louis, Washington, Herman, Jeff City, or Sedalia.

I love the Katy. The trail surface is excellent overall. The topography is really interesting and varied. The Missouri River valley and the towns are beautiful and calm. If you could only down a portion of it, I'd go from Sedalia to Boonville, on to Rocheport and on to McKittrick/Herman. I would go so far as to rate it slightly ahead of the Elroy Sparta Trail in WI--which is hard to beat--but is about 15% as long as the Katy. All in all, you can't beat it, especially in the spring and fall months.

Katy Trail State Park

Katy Trail, June 20-21, 2016

June, 2016 by linda.pf

My wife, Linda, and I bicycled miles 160-181 of the Katy Trail, a section from a little west of Rocheport (west of Columbia) to somewhat south of Easley
(somewhat west of Jefferson City) on Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22. Apart from seconding people's observations about the trail's beauty, I have the
following thoughts to offer:

-. This section of the trail offers two excellent vistas of the Missouri River: one north of McBaine and one south of it.

-. Lots of lightning bugs (a.k.a. fireflies) along this section of trail at this time of year, along with tiny toads (be careful to avoid) and the inevitable mosquitos.

-. A section near Cooper's Landing, roughly MM 164, is also home to BoatHenge, a small green space with a row of maybe six boats buried standing up, with roughly two-thirds of their length visible. If you're a fan of the "Weird USA" book series, this would be worth a photo.

-. The TrailLink map shows parking at Huntsdale. This parking lot, on the property of Katfish Katy's, is currently closed for construction. The signs
promise a reopening in fall 2016.

-. If you're headed for this part of the trail, use the McBaine trailhead instead of Huntsdale. Do be aware, however, that a section of MO 163 along US
163 is currently closed, due to bridge repairs. Try Discovery Boulevard -> Egan Road -> Rock Quarry Road -> 163 -> K instead.

-. While the M-K-T connector trail looks usable in theory, it crosses a heavily traveled multi-lane road, Stadium Boulevard, in Columbia, at roughly
a 45 degree angle. Unless you're into playing Frogger or a Mizzou student who doesn't have wheels, I'd really consider driving to McBaine instead.

Katy Trail State Park

First Bike Trail Ride!

June, 2016 by mduffey3

This was my first bike trail ride of 237 miles! My brother-n-law and I rode this trail and it was a great experience. A couple of days, we saw 100 degree weather (June 2016) but it was still fun! The stops and the people we met along the way was priceless!!!! I recommend this trail to everyone.

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