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Floyd Dowell from Manhattan, KS on 06/06/2016 01:43 PM:
Still no water at this trailhead in Clifton City! Be sure to fill up at Sedalia or Pilot Grove as that can be a long hot stretch.

Clifton City-refreshments
Mr. G from Galena, IN on 07/15/2011 08:10 PM:
DNR hasn't acted but a young girl has--knock on door of 1st house south heading east and she's selling water,sodas, Powerade, etc. plus free ice. Seven of us which met at trail head benefited from her gumption. That she was doing it to save up for an aquarium somehow made it even better.

ALSO, we heard another lady, 1/4 mile north of trail at Beaman, is doing same plus sandwiches, but DNR will not allow her to put a sign on the trail right-of-way.

Darrell, from Jefferson City on 07/16/2011 05:00 AM:
Beaman, it is a small store with snacks, drinks, sandwiches. Had bisquits and gravy there early one morning, was an excellent surprise. Good place to replenish snacks/drinks and take a break in the shade.

Trek on 07/16/2011 09:43 PM:
What hasn't DNR acted on Mr. G?

Jim from St Thomas on 07/17/2011 06:04 AM:
Supplying water to the Clifton City trailhead.

Trek on 07/18/2011 05:52 PM:
My guess is that DNR has acted and that it is not cost effective to supply water at this or many of the other trailheads. I've been wanting the conservation department to put running water in at Bluff Woods so I don't have to pack my own in when I hike there. I've learned to appreciate what the conservation department has done and take a water bottle with me. I have to throw it down on the ground though as they won't put a trash can there either. And it's only a couple of miles they'd have to pack that full 55 gal barrel out too. Not too much to ask, I don't think.

Doug from Bluffton on 07/18/2011 09:14 PM:
Good one Trek, and before anyone jumps Trek for being a litterbug, look up the definition of sarcasm.

Patty from St. Louis, MO on 09/11/2015 08:15 AM:
Biking Boonville to Sedalia next weekend, wondering if there have been any developments with water or food at Clifton City since the last post 4 years ago.

ArkyKenny on 09/11/2015 12:30 PM:
No change, and no water available at Clif City. Bring plenty/fill up at Pilot Grove unless you are prepared to make it to Sedalia, or are willing to knock on some doors and beg.

I've heard that there is a soda machine up the hill in Clif City, but I've never gone up there to check for myself. In June, I came across a fellow who had run out of water, and I gave him most of what I had left: So....you may want to bring enough for you, and for a (soon to be) friend.

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lrc from Leon Iowa on 05/13/2009 09:04 PM:
Yes, PLEASE Missouri DNR---do whatever is necessary to make water available at ALL Katy Trial trailheads. You have a nationally-known and nationally-utilized trail here---YOU CAN MAKE IT BETTER! Thanks for making it available!

Trek on 05/14/2009 08:18 AM:
Some of the time better comes with a cost. And other times things are okay as they are in that they don't cost. It would be nice to have running water at each trailhead....then everyone would want for something more than a vault toilet. You know....if you give a mouse a cookie... The cost would be to the Missouri tax payers, or we could charge everyone to use the trail like Iowa, Nebraska, etc.

Cliff from Edwardsville Ks on 05/15/2009 11:00 AM:
Trek, I would not be opposed to paying a fee to ride the Katy. I live in Kansas but ride the Katy often. The trail I ride in Kansas is the Prairie Spirit Trail and they charge 3.50 a day, or you can purchase an yearly pass for 12.15. This trail does not even come close to being the trail that the Katy is, just closer for a day ride. If the fee was reasonable like the Prairie Trail I would be in favor of it. Just my two cents from a Jayhawk who would be willing to pay his fair share. I do manage a buisness in MO. so I guess I do help pay a little.

Anonymous on 05/19/2009 07:17 AM:
I've been saying it for a few years: The state really needs to figure out a way to get water to all the trailheads. Stimulus money?

Trek on 05/19/2009 08:35 AM:
I'd really be curious to know the number of trailhead locations that do not have water. At some locations, water may not be available by DNR at the trailhead but water is available in the town. Maybe that is the case in Clifton City. If so, why would the state have a burden to provide something that is already provided? It's an outdoor backwoods trail.....not a city bike path.

The same discussion could be made about other trail provisions too. Shouldn't every town along the way have a well groomed shaded park with a cafe like Dotties and hotel like the Frederick or a B&B like Hermann Hill? I'd think bike service in each town would be nice too...

I'm not against pay for use. We rode the Raccoon River Trail in Iowa last weekend and paid more than the required fee. But we didn't feel slighted when all trailheads and towns were not up to par like Panora.

MAH from Blue Springs, MO on 05/21/2009 10:53 AM:
I think we need to start a thread that lists all the trailheads with water at the trailhead itself, or if no water avail, where the closest water can be found. If everyone can add their 2 cents worth for the trailheads they're familiar with, it will be a good resource for riders.

Trek, hubby and I are thinking about doing the Racoon River Trail, is it truly all paved for 57 miles??

Trek on 05/21/2009 01:18 PM:
Yes, MAH....the Raccoon River Trail is all paved. It's asphalt with some sections that are cement...five miles or so south of Panora is cement. We stayed at The House on Russell (trailsidelodging I think...link on the RRVT.org website) in Jefferson. June 6 or so is a music fest where you ride south out of Jefferson and local musicians are set up along the trail and play. We're thinking of going back with the tandem while its still cool out.

Wendy from Des Moines, IA on 05/21/2009 02:34 PM:
Trek & MAH -- I wanted to add that the Raccoon River Valley Trail comes into Waukee (the western-most suburb of Des Moines) and connects to the Greenbelt Trail, which connects to another system that will take you to downtown Des Moines, so you can get another 10-15 miles on that. Central Iowa has a great trail system! I have never been west of Adel (7 miles west of Waukee) on the trail system because I mostly travel on foot rather than bike, but I hope to see some of it on my new bike this summer. :-)

Trek on 05/21/2009 03:14 PM:
Yep.....you surely need a bike then Wendy. Check the bike shop out in Waukee.....they were friendly folks and eager to help out the out of towner.

Green Machine from Lawrence, Ks on 05/21/2009 03:37 PM:
Clifton City really needs a running water faucet. The town is basically the low point between

two 12 mile climbs. The last six miles to Sedalia are all uphill and the grade midway to Pilot

Grove is fairly long and intense compared to the rest of the trail. Either way you are going,

filling up with water at Clifton City would be a quite helpful.

CDFM from Archie on 05/23/2011 09:32 PM:
There are more than a few long dry stretches. Stumulus? That was a political payoff and ploy. I sure don't feel stimulated! Do yo?

Just sayin' from KC on 05/24/2011 09:51 AM:
If you'd like upgrades, feel free to contribute.
The trail didn't build itself. Kudos to the Jones family for giving back.

Anonymous on 05/24/2011 01:04 PM:
I don't know why everyone is so eager to have water at every trail head. After seeing what people dump in the creeks between sedalia and boonville(oil cans, tires, etc), I would rather stick to my dehydration. I'm pretty sure the small towns use ground water, and as a rider I wouldn't trust its cleanliness. Although the water fountain at the Rochport trail head is ice cold and really good for pouring water on your head to cool off. To be safe from hydration just carry at least a half gallon of fluids on the bike and buy gatorade or bottled water whenever you reach a gas station.

Clifton City
EB from Greenwood on 11/01/2008 06:29 PM:
The gentleman who lives just north of the trail is a lifesaver. This eccentric saint was kind enough to sell us a tire and install it. He also adjusted the brakes and made sure everything was tip top before we headed down the trail. We practically had to force him to take any payment for his trouble. He doesn’t have a lot of new parts for sale but if you need something adjusted or repaired keep him in mind. Thanks Al!

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GE from Manhattan KS on 07/08/2008 10:26 AM:
Realy need water at this stop, one of the longest distances without water on the trail.

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Pat from Fort Worth on 06/04/2008 03:22 PM:
A neighbor to the trail asked us to pass the word on for all cyclists to write to Missouri's Dept of Natural Resources and ask for a water line at this stop. He thinks that is what it will take; input from the public. Let's do it!

DougK from Troy on 06/04/2008 09:57 PM:
Agree. Wasn't there something posted before about the church at Clifton City providing water on request??

Kim from Independence, MO on 06/05/2008 07:14 AM:
From what I understand, the church right next to the trailhead used to provide a cooler with water bottles - but it was stolen awhile back.

Water is definitely needed at this trailhead!

gc from Columbia, Mo. on 06/05/2008 07:17 AM:
Will do. Does anyone have the address and appropriate person to address the request? Of course, I still maintain that ALL trailheads should have water.

On another note: Pat, what part of Ft Worth do you live in? I lived their for around 10 years and went to high school and college there and married a local girl.

Tilting at wildmills,


Clifton City
Anonymous on 09/29/2007 08:40 PM:
It would be nice if there was water here because going West to East from Sedalia to Pilot Grove has the most climbing of the whole trail. We were prepared so didn't have a problem, however our host in Sedalia has had to pick up people who over extented themselves with no water and were in bad shape.

Pastor Ernest Jennings from Jefferson City, MO on 11/20/2007 08:21 PM:
As an act of kindness to those who travel the trail. Katy Trail Family Church (the little white church by the trail) is providing bottled water on Saturdays and Sundays. Please feel free to stop in at the Church and say hello. You will always welcome. Were also praying for you! Have a good ride :-)

GC from Columbia, Mo. on 11/26/2007 07:23 AM:
I concur! I will go farther and say that there should be water available at EVERY trailhead.

And thanks, Pastor, your church's efforts are appreciated.