Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Great hike!! Beautiful in mid October

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!

The Katy Trail is one of Missouri’s outdoor recreational gems for biking, walking, and jogging. This section between Jefferson City and Hartsburg is beautiful with open pasture land and shady sections where the trail is protected in a canopy of trees. We really enjoy Hartsburg. There are several good places to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The bike shelter at Hartsburg on the trail has a bike air pump and tools for your bike. If you ride the trail in October, you can spend the day at the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival where there is plenty of food, crafts, fun.

The Katy Trail is one of Missouri’s outdoor recreational gems for biking, walking, and jogging. This section between Rocheport and Huntsdale is beautiful with open pasture land and shady sections where the trail is protected in a canopy of trees. It also runs along some very scenic sections of the Missouri River. Be sure and enjoy this section during the Fall when the trees are in full color.

Great trail! The flatness of it makes it easy to go for long distances with no problems. You get some beautiful river views and nice open fields as well. If you want more fun, start by the Missouri River bridge and ride across on the sweet bike path. Turn right out of the river access, cross the road and turn left onto the path and away you go. Left again when you hit the actual Katy Trail. Fun times. Much love:)

Great little hike. Nice and flat for hiking with dogs on a lead.

We ride the KATY trail a lot. We live on the Clinton end of trail. The entire trail is good. We particularly like the Jones bridge that crosses the Missouri River, it is awesome. You must take spur off trail into Jefferson City towards capital. Wile there do yourself a favor and go to Central Dairy for some ice cream

This section of the trail is not really a hike but more of a walk as the Katy Trail is hard-packed limestone suitable for biking. The roadway has virtually no grade in this section.

I've done this trail section several times over the years. Sometimes the mosquitoes can be rather annoying (there are places with standing water) but today they were next to none.

Except mid-day when the sun is high in the sky, most of this section of the trail is covered by a forest canopy giving one lots of shade.

I noted that the sign at Defiance indicated the distance back to Weldon Spring is 2.6 miles. That would make the walk only 5.2 miles unless you had walked all the to the "Z" turn in Highway 94 where the two bar and grills are located.

I walked this on a Monday morning in August and perhaps about 30 cyclists passed me going either way and I only encountered 3 other walkers. This makes for a very comfortable stroll that can be done by people of most ages.

I'm a leisurely walker and did the round trip in just under 2 hours. If you wish to break your hike into two halves, it is possible to have lunch or a dinner in Defiance.

Great views and so peaceful.

The Katy trail is a premiere rails to trails project. Many sections of varying lengths. Excellent.
Jeff city has many recreational opportunities.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Best scenery on entire Katy trail.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Beautiful ride... the scenery was breath taking. The trail was so well taken care of. All the people I met were so friendly. It's just a fun day and I can't wait to get back in the fall to see all the fall colors.

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

road biking
Sunday, June 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.

walking
Monday, November 21, 2016

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

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Took a short trip to I-70 bridge to wake up then on to Fingers Lakes. Nice scenery.

road biking
Sunday, May 24, 2015

This is a great biking part of the Katy trail, there are stops you can take and sights to look at, not an intense biking but beautiful

road biking
Friday, October 03, 2014

One of my favorite sections. Only second to the Boonville to Rochport.

hiking
Sunday, May 18, 2014

If you go to this trail make sure to bring your bike with you. Rocheport used to have a bike rental store but that is no longer in business. The prettiest view is by far the first one you see with the bridge and the tunnel. Apart from that, climbing up the hill with the tunnel also has some good views but that's mostly it. This trailhead is settled in a quaint town that may be fun to have a luncheon or view antiques at.

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