Katy Trail: Weldon Spring to Defiance is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Defiance, Missouri that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
85 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

forest

river

wildlife

hiking
3 months ago

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.

road biking
3 months ago

road biking
2 months ago

road biking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Sunday, November 25, 2012