Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Katy Trail State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

road biking
bridge out
21 days ago

Easy detour uphill to Klondike Park and down the other side. Kate’s Cafe is a great coffee breakfast lunch place - only food in Augusta !

Eat at the Dutzow Deli ! Closes at 2 pm. No food during the week in Augusta ! WTH !?

I’d give this five stars if there were more places to stop and visit along the way ! We did ear at the Bar in Motane and had amazingly delicious burgers and catfish ! There is a closure at about mm118 / very easy detour on the adjacent road ... seemed less than a mile to go around.

Beautiful trail but several flooding closures to be aware of as of 10\8\19. On the Boonville end, just after the bridge the trail by the river is closed. We did a very short road ride on 87 and picked up the trail again. The culvert that was washed out near the Boonville end has been restored and a friendly MODOT man reopened the fence at the closure just as we arrived. You can ride from there with no problem all the way to the silo at Pearson's at 184.6. Past that, the trail is open about 3 more miles but then closed to flooding and NOT POSSIBLE to get to Rocheport on the trail. at the closure about 3 miles past Person, the road out to Hwy 40 is ALSO CLOSED so we rode back to Pearson to detour. Detour options are Hey 40 (LOT of vehicle traffic) or up the hill on 467 for .5 mile or so then 442 across for several miles. LOTS of hills both up and down on loose gravel but almost no cars. Tough ride due to the detours, but otherwise beautiful trail, would love to ride it sans detours in a drier year. Rains in the forecast next couple of days so definitely check the latest conditions before heading out.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Very pleasant trail with both shade and open areas. Lots of plant and wildlife. Great views of the prairie and farmland. You can ride as much or little of the trail from well cared for parking areas with facilities well placed along the trail.

mountain biking
3 months ago

probably the most scenic part of the over 250 mile trail

mountain biking
bridge out
4 months ago

Not a bad trail. Very level and some scenic views. If you pay attention, you will see an area where Lewis and Clark camped. That was a cool find. I suppose an advantage of walking instead of racing by on a bike.

Easy walk on well maintained paved paths.

The Katy Trail is one of Missouri’s outdoor recreational gems for biking, walking, and jogging. This section between Boonville and Rocheport is beautiful with open pasture land and shady sections where the trail is protected in a canopy of trees. The section at Franklin is nice with the nature and conservation area. I particularly like the approach to Rocheport as you see the tunnel and come out on the other side into the town. Be sure to get a pizza at the Mulberry Grill & Bakery-very tasty!

I’ve ridden this section of the Katy multiple times and really enjoy the towns you pass through and the scenic river views along the way. The Katy Trail is one of Missouri’s outdoor recreational gems for biking, walking, and jogging. This section is beautiful with open pasture land and shady sections where the trail is protected in a canopy of trees.

The Katy Trail is one of Missouri’s outdoor recreational gems for biking, walking, and jogging. This section between Jefferson City and Hermann is beautiful with open pasture land and shady sections where the trail is protected in a canopy of trees. As you approach Rhineland, watch any of the small tree limbs or sticks in the trail because I got a flat tire somewhere in that section due to the thorns. Stay at Joey’s Bird House B&B in McKittrick-nice place and hospitality!

I have been biking on the katy trail since 2012. I love this trail.

Katy Trail across mid Missouri to St. Louis is a premiere rails to trail adventure. All sections are worth the effort.

Wonderful ride that was so much fun...loved the tunnel at Rocheport.

Very easy, nice family place. Perfect place for a bike ride, although not too scenic.

road biking
Sun Jun 25 2017

There are some really pretty sections. Portland area has high bluffs on one side and the river on the other. Then there are sections that are just farm fields on both sides. Always a nice ride though.

One of best in world. We ride lots of trails and this one is great. Hard rain washed out a few places a couple days ago and today crews were repairing them!! Very well maintained. The 240 mile trail now has several spurs that take you to most larger cities.

Katy trail is a premier rails to trails SP. This section is one of the most scenic

Very easy walking/biking trail with some pretty views along the way.

Nice easy walk along the river

mountain biking
Wed Jun 01 2016

great ride

Good. Went in at Hartsburg for a little walk and picnic. Nice people on the trails just really flat so it gets monotonous.

Nice flat biking trail for a relaxing day.

Ran the trail from Boonville trailhead to mile 194. Steady two and a half miles for a gentle 200 foot climb. On the way back was able to pick up the pace coming back down. Trail includes the Missouri River, Boonville Train Depot, and miles of wooded trail. Crushes limestone surface of the trail was very even and not difficult at all. In Boonville path has short segments of brick, concrete, and blacktop surface. Great spot for an easy trail run.

This section of the Katy trail is one of the most scenic. Follows the river. Great accommodations at Boonville.

This is a great biking trail. The path is nice and wide and the scenery has a lot of variety to it. It's a favorite for many locals to walk their dogs, bike, or jog. It is well maintained and has quite a bit to offer. Check this one out!

This is a flat trail that runs along the Missouri River. It gets a lot of use (bikes & dogs). I walk the 20-mile round trip segment from Jefferson City to Hartsburg and back as training for more strenuous hikes out west. It helps my feet adapt to longer, more intense trips. You can't camp along the trail, so it's a dayhiking trail only.

Beautiful, picturesque trail running along the Missouri River, many places with soaring cliffs on one side of the trail and the river on the other. I often ride here, but am starting to stick to weekdays because it is becoming more and more popular and gets busy on the weekends. There isn't anything challenging about this trail. Pea gravel surface and flat. I'm not sure where someone came up with an 801' elevation gain. I like the website below for complete info about the trail, rather than the "official" state park site.

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