Explore the most popular rails trails trails in Missouri with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail for biking/hiking/jogging. Easy for kids and pets. Mostly paved, some parts get muddy after a rain. There are some hidden fishing spots along the way. Good river for crappie.

Love this trail. Flat 4 mi run

I’m partial to this trail as I live about 6 miles from it. It’s mostly flat and is well kept. Great for jogging, walking or biking.

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

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great trail, but when we got back from our ride, my truck was broken into and my wallet and wife’s purse were stolen. (Nothing was in plain sight, I also have dark tinted windows so nothing can be seen in truck)

walking
2 months ago

Very nice trail, although heavily populated in areas. Be aware if you take this trail, there are multiple runners, walkers, and bikers that use this along with families.

walking
2 months ago

Great Trail

hiking
2 months ago

It was clean but a little boring just walking. I walked about an hour into the trail then turned around and went back. This would be fun if you went biking with friends.

Nice flat paved trail along the river. It passes through a couple of parks. I think it'd be great for a family hike with young kids with a couple of built-in playground breaks.

Pretty good train other than being a bit rundown in areas.

road biking
7 months ago

The first 8-9 miles starting from Springfield until you reach the far end of Willard are paved and well maintained. The trail is then crushed stone for several miles and decently maintained but then gives way to varying degrees of upkeep. Sometimes it's down to a single, very narrow dirt path. Some areas they dumped large gravel unsuitable for any kind of traffic in my opinion. Some areas the trees, shrubs and grass are overtaking the trail. Spiders and their webs stretching across the trail can be so abundant, you'll be stopping every few mintues to wipe all the spiders and webs from yourself and bike. Once freezing weather hits, the spiders will not be an issue. The last 5-6 miles are paved again.
There's plenty of shade along most of the trail with a few short open stretches with none.
Of course its pretty flat being an old rail line.
There's not much in the way of scenery, wildlife or historical sites.
There's more foot and bike traffic from Springfield through Willard due to its proximity to more populated areas and being paved. Not that it's terribly busy but If you want less traffic, avoid this section.

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

walking
9 months ago

Definitely a good trail for biking or walking. Not so much for hiking as it is a flat terrain.

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

hiking
10 months ago

paved trail, more of a Super Highway for Hiking. lots of Bikes. Still a great walk with shade from the heat.

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

Nice bike ride from Springfield to Willard. plenty of shade along the way.

hiking
11 months ago

We've hiked this trail twice in the Walnut Grove area this year. It's a pleasant hike...definitely easy and family-friendly. There's a cool wooden swing, a nice wooden bridge you can stop to eat lunch at...and plenty of great views. Much of the trail has a canopy of trees over it so it often stays cool even during the hotter months.

walking
11 months ago

We love walking this, would also be a great place to ride. We have a little one with a stroller so it is a great place to go. It is a flat walk with the first 8 miles paved. It is a 32 mile walk to boliver. It is also very quiet and moderately busy.

11 months ago

love riding my bike on the katy trail. very picturesque.

hiking
11 months ago

Not too bad of a trail. It has sections that are more secluded and also ones that pass by backyards. Not the most exciting trail, but good if you're wanting something simple.

road biking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Nice easy walk/ride/run on the paved portion.

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.

trail running
Monday, June 19, 2017

I ran my first marathon here! Flat flat flat !

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Great trail that you can make as long as you'd like. The gravel section of the path is smooth enough for road bikes.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

I walked the trailhead from Springfield to Willard. The entire trail was paved and VERY flat. It was a bit boring for hiking and seems better for biking or jogging.

road biking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

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

walking
Friday, May 12, 2017

Pretty unimpressed. Runs parallel to 364/Upper Bottom exit ramp so there is a LOT of road noise. I went in the early afternoon and there was little to no shade. Path is completely paved. Light foot traffic during the week days. Very short; I ended up making a right onto Upper Bottom and making a loop back through Heritage. Will most likely not go back.

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