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Katy Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

248.4 mile 399.8 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,542' 775 m
Descent: -2,887' -880 m
High: 950' 290 m
Low: 437' 133 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)

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Trail shared by Missouri Hiker

This is a rails-to-trails biking/hiking trail.

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Description

The Katy Trail is a rails-to-trails project converted from a prior railroad track. Notably, it passes through rolling farmland, forests, and tallgrass prairies. Food and lodging/camping are all convenient to access from the trail for multi-day trips. Primarily, this trail is used by cyclists, but it is also used by thru-hikers. The Katy Trail begins southeast of Kansas City in Clinton. In most places, trailheads and rest stops conveniently sit off to the side of the road. Occasionally, the trail follows along portions of the highway. The trail is covered with a crushed stone, giving the feel of a hard dirt road. The trail is mostly flat and well marked along the way.

A useful website for identifying stops and amenities along the trail can be found here.

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May 10, 2019
Marty Leake
Great bicycle trail 2mi

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 5 votes

#1

in Clinton

#1378

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#1

in Clinton

#18

in Missouri

#1,378

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Photos

a fence along the highest elevation of the trail
Apr 19, 2019 near Gray Su…, MO
Perche Creek Bridge - Katy Trail - Columbia, MO
Jul 27, 2018 near Columbia, MO
beautiful view of the river
Apr 20, 2019 near Gray Su…, MO
cool rock/tree formation
Apr 20, 2019 near Gray Su…, MO
Fall leaves looking toward the river.
Nov 12, 2016 near Weldon…, MO

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