Katy trail is a bike path that is over two hundred and twenty five miles long, and stretches across most of the state of Missouri. Half of this trail will follow the Lewis and Clark path up the Missouri river. This is a very scenic trail that will lead you under the gigantic river bluffs where you can enjoy the beauty and splendor of watching the eagles circle overhead. Once you have left the river, this trail will lead you through the peaceful farmland and some small towns as well. The longest American rail to rails project, also known as the MKT rail line is found here. This area is very flat, but also scenic too. This trail is very ideal for cycling, but can also be fun to hike or run on too. On this kind of trail you can use just about any kind of bike you want with ease. Many cross-country cyclists will also include the Katy trail on their tours. This trail is part of the American discovery trail and the Adventure Cycling’s Lewis and Clark route so it offers a lot of variety. This trail is included by a lot of cross-country cyclists in their tours as well.
Some of the best and finest bed and breakfasts can be found on or close to the Katy Trail. There are 75 different ones to choose from along the trail, so you can found the perfect one that meets your needs. Most riders could use a little extra pampering after or before a long ride, so what could start your day off any better than a good home cooked breakfast. Many of these bed and breakfasts will do just about anything to make you feel comfortable, for example most of the B&B’s that are not located on the trail will offer to pick you and your bike up at the trail.
Katy trail just happens to run through some of the wine country of Missouri and these wineries are easily accessible from the trail. If you like you could include a wine tasting tour on your way and sample some of the finest nationally recognized wines, in the area, along the way. Katy trail follows along highway 94 for about one hundred miles and is often called Missouri Weinstrasse, which means wine road in German. In the 1800’s some German immigrants settled in the area and along with them they brought their wine making traditions and took advantage of the fertile soil and grape friendly climate in this area. This same German flavor can be found in the weinstrasse.
There are a few side trails that connect to the Katy trail, to offer even more adventure. There are at least three trails that are accessible to the Katy trail. The Creve Coeur Park connector-Missouri river crossing that will offer a nice crossing over the Page Avenue Bridge and leads up to the trail system in the Creve Coeur Park. The Missouri research Park Connector is a trail that follows the scenic wooded area through the creek and also includes a nice boardwalk to enjoy. At the end of the connector you will find a small trail parking lot which is the closest park to I-64 for those wanting easier access.
As you can see there are endless possibilities on this wonderful local Trail. This trail offers the beauty of small town Missouri with all the comforts of home at the local Bed and Breakfasts located close by. This trail is offers a once in a lifetime experience for any avid cyclist, hiker or runner.