KATY Trail Offers Family Fun
The KATY Trail leaves no shortage of things to see and do. There is no other state park in Missouri that offers such a variety of landscapes and historical locations. Because the trail covers so many miles, you can travel from the eastern highlands to the prairies of the west.
The main mode of travel is a bike. Thousands of people each year use the trail as a place to relax and exercise. In much of the state the trail is right along the Missouri River and passes through old river towns. Towns that at one time were booming because of the railroad industry. In fact, the trail is actually on the bed of the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. In 1987, after the railroad ceased operation, parts of the bed were turned over to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and a state park was born.
With the trail came neat little businesses that dot the route. Bicycle shops, restaurants, and small shops are there for your choosing. Some popular access points in the area include Rocheport, Boonville, Jefferson City, and Hermann. People of all ages and interests ride along the trail to see wildflowers, animals, all kinds of birds, and amazing scenery in a peaceful setting.