ColNei from South Carolina on 08/14/2018 07:45 AM:
August 2018 - Just finished riding Katy from Machens to Boonville on a fully loaded tandem with extra wheel trailer without issue other than a mystery flat tire. Stayed at Hotel Frederick three nights to have two days in town to take care of bike maintenance and city errands before continuing our cross-country expedition. Great service at hotel, bike shop, CopiesEtc, The Palace restaurant (Greek food), Maggie's Bar & Grill (burgers), and Post Office. Hotel Frederick nor Casino Hotel have on-site guest laundry, so be prepared for a pedal out to the interstate to use the laundromat. Wal-Mart and local grocery are between the river and I-70. Chain hotels are options at I-70, but then it's a pedal back to the bike shop & trail. Better to support the local economy in town when possible. Great small town hospitality with all the conveniences we needed.
Brian L. from Austin on 08/15/2018 06:14 AM:
Thanks for sharing all your travelogue entries about your stops on the Katy Trail, ColNei. Well done! Good luck as you continue your long tour.
Boonville - Main Street Diner
Denise and Mike from Lees Summit MO on 11/02/2017 12:38 PM:
We stopped at the Main Street Diner in Boonville for a cup of coffee. It is right on the corner as you come into town on the trail from the West or right across the bridge as you come in from the East. The place was clean and the service was good.
John Nickell from Parkville, MO on 07/04/2018 01:44 PM:
I don't see Main Street Diner, called out on the 'places' list, but I also stopped here for lunch on a Sunday, on my way from Windsor to Hartsburg. had a good meal. Seemed like a popular place with locals as well. Good location in relationship to the trail/bridge. There's a bike rack and bench at the corner outside as well.
R V parking ?
P. A. S from Kahoka , Mo on 06/24/2017 03:48 PM:
Do you have any R V camping site close by ? Need 30 amp ele hook up . thank you
Anonymous on 06/24/2017 05:17 PM:
jhutchm26s from Pacific on 06/24/2017 05:20 PM:
There are rv camp sites at the Katy Roundhouse in New Franklin, the city park in Herman and at the stare fair grounds in Sedailia. Not sure of anywhere else.
Bill from Fort Worth on 06/15/2017 03:11 PM:
Decided to get an 8:30 am start out of Boonville on Saturday morning to avoid the heat of the day. We found nothing open along the trail headed east before 11 am until we got to Cooper's Landing in Easley. Go prepared. 28 miles.
George H on 06/16/2017 06:28 PM:
Bill that is not that unusual on the KT... 15-20 mile segments without services. Now you know for next time.
Lin Wilder from Fort Collins, Colorado on 06/18/2017 07:17 PM:
Yep, same for us - nothing opening until 11. However, I understand that very soon there will be a new place in Rochport that will have breakfast. But if you leave Boonville in the morning, there is a breakfast restaurant right next to the bridge that I would not have passed up if I knew the food desert we were entering!
Anonymous on 06/19/2017 06:47 AM:
I thought Coloradans were proficient at trapping, fishing, and scavenging berries and edible plants.
marybeth from st louis on 05/24/2017 07:21 PM:
we stayed at Roseheart, which can be found on AirBnB. John has the second floor of the house set up for guests. Very clean place, the beds were comfortable, and any requests we made were quickly granted. John does not provide meals, but his house is a quick walk up to the main street where there are choices of places to eat. our original group was 6 people, at which time John was willing to accomodate with 2 double beds, one pull out double couch and air mattresses. The price is right! 30 dollars for first person, and $10 for additional.
Blue Tapp from St. Charles, MO on 04/30/2017 03:21 PM:
Just wanted to post a note about the status of the historic Boonville Bridge. A bit of background for anyone who is not familiar with the bridge... the historic bridge is one of the only iron vertical-lift railroad bridges still standing. The railroad had plans to destroy it but residents and other trail angels raised funds to purchase and save the bridge.
They have since raised $900,000 to remove the ties, add railings and a concrete walkway across the first section of the bridge. They still need to finish the other side and the raised center section so they still have a way to go. But it is going to be amazing when it is complete. The Katy Trail will be rerouted over the bridge after it is complete and we won't have to bike across the new bridge next to traffic any longer. Can't wait!
We just went through Boonville during our Katy Trail trip in early April 2017 and you can bike out on the section that has been finished. It is very nice!
Anonymous on 08/26/2016 03:53 PM:
I'm planning to walk the trail from Columbia to Boonville, and want to return to KC via train out of Sedalia. Do you provide shuttle service from Boonville to Sedalia? How much?
Doug from Bluffton on 08/26/2016 08:35 PM:
This has been said before but apparently needs to be repeated. This is just a web forum about the Katy Trail. If you wish to know what services and prices a particular business offers then you will need to contact THEM. THEY can answer your questions about THEIR business that we as readers of this forum cannot. Will, this applies to your question as well.
Anonymous from Columbia on 09/18/2016 10:15 AM:
Rick on 09/18/2016 10:47 AM:
^not great language, but I don't think that the that was a great comment either Doug. You can't just assume everyone has read every post on the form and is aware of your arbitrary rules. If you don't want to answer something, then don't. But don't be condescending. And watch your language anon :\
Doug from Bluffton on 09/18/2016 07:11 PM:
Not being condescending, just honest. If someone wants to know about a shuttle then they need to contact shuttle services not an open forum. I even said "apparently it needs to be repeated". It is not a rule. It is common sense. The readers of this forum as such, do not offer services and cannot speak for the owners of such businesses. If one wishes to know what services are offered by a particular business or type of business, then it makes much more sense to contact one of those businesses directly and ask questions of them, rather than blindly posting here in the hopes that an answer will be forthcoming. If you contact the business directly then you will definitely receive accurate answers to your question. Unless the original poster followed my advice and contacted a shuttle provider then the information he sought has not been forthcoming and almost a month has passed.
Anonymous on 09/19/2016 07:53 AM:
OF COURSE. YOU were NOT being CONDESCENDING. And me neither. JUST being HONEST.
Char from Hernann on 09/20/2016 08:06 PM:
Funny, you seem more like a jerk. Doug offered advice that would help the original poster find the information they wanted. You and Rick offered insults and criticism and nothing else. But that seems to be all you do. Doug has hundreds of comments complimenting his efforts, you have???? Oh yes, none. You do however have quite a few comments wishing you would grow up. Not to mention that you have yourself admonished others for asking questions that should have been directed to the business in question. Hypocrisy?
George H. on 09/21/2016 08:06 AM:
You can ask me questions about businesses and services. I will just refer you to the related service an not even charge you a fee. Friendly state of MO. Doug is still a nice guy though.
Most scenic stretch
Christopher from Lenexa Kansas on 08/26/2016 10:41 PM:
I live in Kansas City and am wanting to take a good full day or two and ride the trail. I have only rode from Clinton to a could stops in and it was not real scenic. Was not bad, but I have heard that there are some magnificent stretches with tree canopies and great vista's. Can anyone tell me where the best stretches, in your opinions are? My wife will drive ahead and I will ride to meet her. Thanks.
Murf from Jefferson City on 08/27/2016 08:42 AM:
The best ride may be from Rocheport to Jeff City. That would be a good one day's ride. If you have ridden only east from Clinton to Calhoun or Windsor, you have not see the best part of the trail. The trail has a canopy pretty much from Windsor to Boonville.
George H. on 08/27/2016 11:32 AM:
Christopher, the area you road is prairie fields an not to the mighty MO yet. Rocheport east is good. Augusta east is good too.
MidSouth from Rogersville on 08/27/2016 12:40 PM:
The favorite weekend ride for my wife and I is drive to Hartsburg, have breakfast at Dotty's. Ride west to Rocheport along the river and bluffs. Several options to eat and stay over night in Rocheport. Ride back to Hartsburg in the morning and have lunch at Dotty's.
Doug from Bluffton on 08/27/2016 03:47 PM:
The stretch between Portland and Treloar has quite a bit of tree cover along with the best views of the Missouri River with benches to relax on during your ride. At Bluffton there is a Conservation area called Grand Bluffs with one of the best views of the River bottoms. It is a good hike to get this view though.
Boonville new number
Marvin Cotten from Boonville MO on 07/30/2016 10:48 AM:
Well my phone crashed I got a different number 660 621 3488 if you need a shuttle call Marvin Cotten Cotten's bikes and more shuttle sorry for the inconvenience if I missed a call
Floyd Dowell from Manhattan, KS on 06/06/2016 01:41 PM:
Stayed at the Holiday Inn 4 years in a row! Great hotel with a hot tub and not far from the trail. It can be a bit hard to find from the trail so get direction ahead of time! It is not close to the main Trailhead, but you take a smaller trailhead exit around MM 197.
new phone number
marvin cotten from boonville on 09/07/2014 05:22 PM:
Katy trail shuttle 660-537-0048
Marvin from Boonville on 05/25/2015 01:20 AM:
sorry everybody I thought I change my phone number on this website you can contact Marvin at 660 537 5220 sorry if you haven't gotten no answer I thought I changed it
Homestead Motel (Boonville)
Mary Koltze from Denver, CO on 10/26/2008 11:33 AM:
There are no "No Smoking" rooms in this motel. We were going to stay there upon the
recommendations at this site, but when we walked into the office, even that smelled of
smoke. Lesson learned: before booking a room, be sure to ask if there are "No Smoking"
MAH from Blue Springs, MO on 10/26/2008 12:31 PM:
Definitely good info to be aware of.
Anonymous on 05/26/2014 03:25 PM:
there is a room for no smoking but the others are smoking all you have to do is ask for a non smoking room and you will get it
on the subject of groceries - Snoddy's store in Boonville.
savage24 from KC, MO on 11/06/2004 02:07 AM:
For anybody who wants to experience a geniune 'country store' (no Cracker Barrel crap - I mean a REAL country store!), check out Snoddy's. From the north side of the MO river bridge at Boonville, continue north on hwy 5 about 1/4 mile. Snoddy's is on the right.
Groceries, deli, hunting license, ammo, work clothing & boots, school supplies, tools, hardware, electrical & plumbing supplies, gasoline, etc. If you don't see it, just ask; they've probably got it in the back somewhere!
katie, dylan & Mrs Westhues on 02/23/2005 10:45 AM:
This store is so awesome. - katiefinke
I wish I had a Snoddy's in my backyard. I'd go get a deli sandwich from there EVERYDAY! - dylancampbell
My family always bought our wonderful boots at the snoddys store. We still have them today. i love my snoddy boots. - Mrs. Westhues
Anonymous on 02/16/2014 02:16 PM:
MidSouth from Rogersville, MO on 02/17/2014 08:51 AM:
You dig up a nine year old thread and that's all you have to say about it???
Pseudio on 03/04/2014 09:51 AM:
Still going since 1924 and a 9 year old string and still real good.