Katy Trail - Trail, Statewide, Missouri

Katy Trail - Trail, Statewide, Missouri

DESCRIPTION

This trail is good for amateur mountain bikers. It''s flat and goes across the state from East to West or West to East. It''s accessible from many towns, including Rocheport, Columbia, Boonville, St. Charles, St. Louis, to Kansas City! There are good Katy Trail Guidebooks. Beginners might do increments, but many bikers choose to ride the entire 200+ miles of trail. It can be done in 3-5 days depending on average speed. The river and bluffs are beautiful in the central area of the state.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 09, 2012]
Dan
Cross Country Rider

Great for training or leisurely family ride but not really mountain biking.

Customer Service

Doesn't matter its flat and straight.

Similar Products Used:

Binder, Rhett's Run, Cedar Creek

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1
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1
[Jul 28, 2009]
Craig
Weekend Warrior

This was my first time on the trail, so here goes anything, not sure where to start. If you like the old pebble gravel trails then this is the place you want to be, mountain biker, hybrids, fitness bikes as there sometimes called, I did see a few road bikes on the trail and didnt really think that was safe..I have made a mistake and will not do it again though if i go , bring plenty of water, I only had one water bottle on me , bring my camopak next time..I started off at old st charles by the river and headed west under the casino and around the family arena , I drove in that area quite few times just different perspective when riding,, rode down pass the turn off for creve coure park almost turned but wanted to see what was down the trail, well 10 miles down I ended up at mile marker 48 something rather, I felt that there wasnt many places to really fill up for water , more then enough benches and shade to pull off and cool down for a few, maybe it was the area i was at not much for water supply or venting/gas station...Overall i had a good time riding just to get out after a week of work and away from the city and see new scenery and maybe meet a few people long the way, That was another thing I noticed people walking on the trail or cycling they reconized you when passing from the other direction that you dont normally get in the city to much, well all i can say if you plan a to ride the trail , plan to get little dusty and have enough water with you or some sort of drink ,and or some energency stuff if you plan a long ride cause you are on your own not many people going by or much areas for help once on the trail,, Sometime soon I will try the weldon springs section and go for another 15 miles or so...I did have a good time and sign are clearly marked if you are new to the trail, maybe I will go with a 700 hybrid tire next time and not a mountain bike might get more out of it. my trek ex9 was good maybe less resistance in the roll will not make ya as tired as a fat mountain bike tire does.. good for now,, be safe out there, later bikers ha ha

Customer Service

Being my first time on the trail , and I have heard from weldom springs on out is pretty nice with scenery and more things to do wineries and that, which I been to a few vineyards already but not while riding the trail, so that might be fun to do some early afternoon with a group of people.overall this type of trail might be better to do with a group of 3-6 people long distance , hardly any stoping , streets or anything, good time to catch up with old friends whatever else.. make new ones ...

Similar Products Used:

creve coure park only about 2-3 miles off katy trail,still ride acessible

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4
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4
[Jul 10, 2006]
glbrannon
Cross Country Rider

This is a great trail to ride for the leisure cyclist. The path is almost completely flat for the entire 225+ miles through Missouri. I believe the highest grade is 5%, and located in the western most section of the trail. The views once you approach the Missouri river valley are beautiful. Towns are spaced at 10-15 mile intervals along the trail enabling you to stop for rest or play. This is also Missouri wine country, so plan on making a stop at Rocheport and other th's to enjoy.

There are camping opportunities at state run sites (this trail is part of the MO state park system and is a rails-to-trails project), best to check ahead. This is definitely a beginner trail. There are no steep dh runs, no stumps to jump, no rocks to hop ... just a leisurely 225 miles to enjoy at your own pace. Also, this trail is shared with walkers, so etiquette is important as large groups are encountered, particularly near larger towns.

I love this trail and use it often. It is aerobically easy, I give it a level 2 merely because of the distance. There are really no technical aspects to the trail, other than negotiating around walkers.

Customer Service

If you plan to take the entire 225 miles, definitely start at the western most part (Clinton) and work your way east, downriver, towards St. Charles. This is a relatively flat trail, but the slight downhill grade will make a world of difference after 30-60 mile rides.

Try to plan stops at fun th's like Rocheport and others. You'll enjoy yourself even more. These towns are accustomed to trail riders and make them feel welcome.

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5
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2
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