Katy Trail

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Katy Trail is a 25.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near St Charles, Missouri that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
25.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
403 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

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The trail allows users to travel through some of the most scenic areas of the state. The majority of the trail closely follows the route of the Missouri River so hikers and bicyclists often find themselves with the river on one side and towering bluffs on the other. The trail travels through many types of landscapes including dense forests, wetlands, deep valleys, remnant prairies, open pastureland and gently rolling farm fields. In the spring, the trail is brightened with flowering dogwood and redbud, while the fall is colored with the rich reds and oranges of sugar maple, sumac and bittersweet. With so many types of habitats, wildlife is abundant, especially birds. Chickadees, nuthatches, robins, orioles and many types of woodpeckers are common. Red-tailed hawks and turkey vultures are often seen soaring above the trail, and bald eagles are common in the winter. Because of its location along the Missouri River flyway, migrating birds and waterfowl can be seen frequently. Watch for great blue herons, sandpipers, Canada geese and belted kingfishers. Katy Trail State Park also takes users through a slice of rural history as it meanders through the small towns that once thrived along the railroad corridor. From the area known as "Missouris Rhineland" that portrays the heritage of the German migrants to the historic town of Rocheport that dates from before the Civil War, these towns reflect the rich heritage of Missouri. These communities make great places to stop and explore during a ride on the trail. Although the scenery often changes, the trail remains fairly level and constant as it meanders through the countryside. Trail heads, which provide parking areas and other amenities, are located periodically along the trail. Many communities also offer services to trail users.

hiking
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mountain biking
9 months ago

Amazing trail! Lots of fun to bike with lots of traffic

road biking
Friday, June 17, 2016

hiking
Friday, June 03, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

mountain biking
Thursday, May 26, 2016

hiking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Flat, but busy and muggy on Mothers Day 2016. A brisk walk of 88 minutes was what I ordered myself.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Great flat trail to bike on!

mountain biking
Sunday, October 25, 2015

road biking
Monday, September 21, 2015

It's great... I only traveled Defiance to Augusta. There are other trails for mountain biking etc. great places for wine, beer and bar b que. super flat. Not paved but light graveled road. Restrooms about every 8 miles.

road biking
Sunday, September 13, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Awesome trail, bring a bike lock there's a few places to stop along the trail to grab a bite to eat and could beer.

road biking
Sunday, August 31, 2014

walking
Saturday, August 10, 2013

Friday, August 02, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013

hiking
Friday, June 14, 2013

Very flat but easy to travel on.