Katy Trail Central Region Stops

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TRAIL DESCRIPTION: This finely packed chat surface works well for mountain bikes, hybrids and I’ve known many people to ride the entire 185 miles on a road bike without any problems.

HIGHLIGHTS: Bluffs, gorgeous views of the Missouri River, the Katy Tunnel in Rocheport, sunflowers, migratory birds such as the great blue heron, egrets, white pelicans and more.

HAZARDS: Beware of small washouts and soft shoulders after heavy rains. Bring some Slime TM to fiX leaks caused by tiny thorns that can sometimes be picked up on the shoulders of the trail.

AREA INFORMATION: Small towns are peppered every eight to fifteen miles along this popular central stretch of the Katy Trail. Most of these small river towns have populations of 500 or less, and are great places to unwind your spring and soak in some rays. Most accommodations are bed & breakfasts. Camping is only allowed in campgrounds, which there is a shortage of. The Katy Roundhouse in New Franklin has camping, and many locals can suggest a place to pitch a tent. Don’t expect to see any KOA signs, though! One guy I met who had virtually pedaled the globe said the most peaceful place to camp was in cemeteries!

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS: Eating along this stretch of trail is even more fun than riding this stretch of trail! Don’t miss the cobbler at the cafe in Hartsburg, the hamburgers in McBaine or the buffalo burgers at Trailside Cafe in Rocheport.

CONTACT INFO: Department of Natural Resources: 1 (800) 334-6946 or (573) 751-2479.

DISTANCE: Expect to pedal 5-15 miles between towns.

TERRAIN: Flat. Most people prefer to ride west to east due to prevailing winds, and there is a bit of a grade from Sedalia to Boonville. From Boonville on east to St. Charles, there is a very slight downward grade of about one foot a mile.

RIDING TIME: One hour to all day.

LAND STATUS: Department of Natural Resources.

SERVICES & ACTIVITIES: Food, water and bike rentals in many towns. Call ahead if you plan on staying at area bed & breakfasts. They can fill up several months in advance. For a listing of services, refer to 717e Complete Katy Trail Guidebook, available for $14.95 by calling 1 (800) 576-7322 or call the Department of Natural Resources for their brochure. Request the free Katy Central brochure by calling 1 (888) 441-2023.

RATING: Easy.

Trail description provided by Show Mountain Biking, The Complete Mountain Biker’s Guide to Missouri and Pebble Publishing.

TERRAIN: Flat. Most people prefer to ride west to east due to prevailing winds, and there is a bit of a grade from Sedalia to Boonville. From Boonville on east to St. Charles, there is a very slight downward grade of about one foot a mile.

RIDING TIME: One hour to all day.

LAND STATUS: Department of Natural Resources.

SERVICES & ACTIVITIES: Food, water and bike rentals in many towns. Call ahead if you plan on staying at area bed & breakfasts. They can fill up several months in advance. For a listing of services, refer to 717e Complete Katy Trail Guidebook, available for $14.95 by calling 1 (800) 576-7322 or call the Department of Natural Resources for their brochure. Request the free Katy Central brochure by calling 1 (888) 441-2023.

RATING: Easy.

Trail description provided by Show Mountain Biking, The Complete Mountain Biker’s Guide to Missouri and Pebble Publishing.