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Community Club Park in Marthasville
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Geo from Madison WI on 01/07/2021 10:24 AM
Stayed here 10/11/20. The manager came around, collected our money and assigned us a spot. Big pavilion with lots of tables. Good facilities and capacity for large groups. Outlets to charge your phone. Good market north of town. I hope it survives.


Use of motorized bikes
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David Stephenson from Broken Arrow Oklahoma on 01/19/2021 06:01 AM
I love riding the Katy, but my wife has had two knee replacements and we are in our late 60's. Is it legal to ride 'motorized' bicycles on the trail? Not a motorcycle, but one of those 'motorized bicycles. I hope so so that she can join me next time.

 
Gary from Near Tebbetts on 01/19/2021 10:02 AM
If by motorized you mean electric, then yes it’s OK. If you mean by motorized as in gas powered, then no, that is not OK.

Then you also need to be prepared if the electric bike runs out of juice. Not saying it will but have a plan in case it does.

 
David Stephenson from Broken Arrow Oklahoma on 01/19/2021 12:49 PM
Thank you That is just the information that I need.

 
Jim from St. Thomas on 01/19/2021 05:47 PM
I will add (and not meant to shame anyone).ive had both knees replaced and I find it easier to ride now than before the replacements. That said, if you feel more comfortable with an e-bike, get one and enjoy the Katy!,

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 01/20/2021 12:13 PM
The state parks probably have some restrictions on the speed of the assisted bikes. Check their site.


Lee's Summit to Pleasant Hill on Rock Island
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Scott from Boulder, UT on 01/19/2021 06:21 PM
I am planning on adding the Rock Island Spur to our riding of the KATY trail for the third time. Does anyone know the condition or completion status of the section from Lee's Summit to Pleasant Hill?

 
Mark from Lee's Summit on 01/19/2021 08:04 PM
That section won't be completed for another 3-5 years. Over the next 2 years, about 3 more miles will be built, but that still leaves about 4 miles of the most difficult terrain (and no property rights yet) to complete. Just this last weekend, I posted some detailed maps of the gap on the Rock Island Trail (Kansas City to Pleasant Hill) Facebook page. There are several low traffic routes that you can use now to make the connection to Lee's Summit, but you have to be at least somewhat comfortable riding in a little traffic.


Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel in Tebbetts
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Geo from Madison WI on 01/07/2021 10:52 AM
We hoped to stay here on 10/10/20 but didn't want to share an indoor space at the time of Covid. The host said we were not welcome to camp outside because of a testy neighbor. We DID visit the place anyway to get out of the heat and take a shower. We left a $10 donation that was well worth it. The place is cool on a hot day.

This hostel is spartan, but no less sanitary than sleeping in a park.

 
Gary from Near Tebbetts on 01/17/2021 09:45 PM
When in Tebbetts, the Hostile is the only place to go
Na, na, na, na, na
Living in a poor man's Shangri-La
Na, na, na, na, na
Living in a poor man's Shangri-La

This one is for you Jim

 
Jim from St. Thomas on 01/18/2021 11:16 AM
While I am occasionally hostile, the hostel is not hostile.................

 
Gary from Near Tebbetts on 01/18/2021 06:52 PM
Dang autocorrect strikes again!

P.S.
I enjoy the math problems at the end in order to post to exercise what remains of my grey matter.

 
Gary from Near Tebbetts on 01/18/2021 06:53 PM
Dang autocorrect strikes again!

P.S.
I enjoy the math problems at the end in order to post to exercise what remains of my grey matter.

 
Jim from St. Thomas on 01/18/2021 08:04 PM
Just be glad it is simple addition and not compound fractions........


MCI (KCI) TO KATY w/o shuttle – can be done
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Terry Fitzgerald from Baltimore, MD on 01/18/2021 04:42 PM
In 2016 I posted a question about getting from MCI to the Katy without spending a fortune. I was basically told that a shuttle (expensive) was the only way. That was wrong.
We took bus 129 into the city and transferred to bus 47, which goes right to Union Station. (75 cts each for senior, inc transfer). Amtrak to Warrensburg ($11.35 each). Taxi to Clinton ($40 for both of us + tip). That was $64.20 for 2 people. Admittedly it cost less because we could get senior fare on bus + train. We could have taken Amtrak to Sedalia and saved the taxi fare, then it would have been about $26.
ALSO, we had our gear, but not our bikes. We rented bikes from Katy Bike Rental. They were at our motel in Clinton when we arrived and we left them at our motel in St Charles when we finished – for a very good price. Thanks to Todd White of KATY Bike Rentals for letting us know how to make this happen.
Unfortunately, I thought I had posted this in 2016, when it happened.
Terry Fitzgerald


Clinton to St. Charles
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Paula from NE Missouri on 12/21/2020 07:22 PM
My daughter and I plan to conquer the Katy this spring riding west to east. I'd appreciate suggestions on four or five day routes of where to stop each day. We are not campers so we need at least a hostile. Thanks!

 
GaryB from Blue Springs, MO on 12/22/2020 09:43 AM
My wife and I are also planning a trip west to east late Spring 2021. There is a tool on the website called the "Trip Planner". I used it to get an idea on how much we wanted to ride each day. Here is a link to Google Sheets of our planning worksheet. In column A (Day), you enter the stops you want to reach on each day. As you fill in the days, the table to right will update with the estimates miles for that day with a couple of columns to calculate estimated ride time at both 10 & 12 mph.

We are starting at Pleasant Hill and riding the Rock Island down to Windsor, down to Clinton for lunch, then back to Windsor to spend the night on day 1. We just wanted to make sure we rode the whole enchilada.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1W5n1lNAbcuGzaN0PkOYygLoDqibEW4R8cCE1P5HTgRA/edit?usp=sharing


 
Missouri Haus Vacation Rentals from Marthasville on 12/22/2020 12:08 PM
We have a lot of bicyclists stop in Marthasville for their first night going west or their last night going east.

The Community Club offers inexpensive camping options, and then we have 2 vacation rental homes on the trail, right next door to Philly's Pizza. There are a few other short term rentals a little further off the trail as well.

You can see our places at https://missourihaus.com/marthasville

 
Paula from NE Missouri on 12/22/2020 02:55 PM
Thanks for your suggestions and plans!

 
Paula from NE Missouri on 12/27/2020 07:20 PM
We'd like to shuttle from St. Charles to Clinton in the afternoon or evening, then stay over in Clinton so we can get a full days ride from Clinton the next day. Anyone know of a shuttle service that does this?

 
Bryan from Austin,TX on 01/01/2021 08:58 PM
We have stayed in Boonevillek, Rocheport, Hermann, Jefferson City, and St Charles on various visits. Use the mileage chart to plan your day and use Google to find a Hotel/ B&B to book your accommodations. I highly recommend using the rail system for either the outbound or return leg.

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 01/04/2021 04:20 PM
We stayed in
Clinton
Sedalia
Pilot Grove
Rocheport
Jeff City
Rhineland
Augusta
St Charles

Hotels or BnBs.

There are some short days in there that you could combine or split to reduce your number of days on the trail.

Not sure about shuttles. I know that there are fewer than you would think, and they cost more than you would expect.

 
Ron Roberson from PLANO on 01/05/2021 06:07 AM
I left my vehicle at the Clinton Parks & Rec (right next to the trailhead) and overnighted in Pilot Grove, Jefferson City, Hermann, St Charles, and St Louis. Took Amtrak to Sedalia and biked back to Clinton. Doing it again, I would probably start in Sedalia and end in St Charles (but bike to Kirkwood to catch the train back to Sedalia).

 
Luke Harris from Glen Carbon on 01/18/2021 10:26 AM
If you need help in planning a self-guided tour? Contact Crossroads Bike Tours for your Local Katy Trail expert. www.crossroadsbiketours.com 314-656-6229


Flies and mosquitoes on trail
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Dan Paradis Terodactyle from Lincoln NH on 01/17/2021 05:16 PM
Biked the trail last year (actually twice: yo yo) The bugs came out the last day and were really bad. Planning a thru-hike next year with my wife and would like to know when the bugs go away in the fall?? Sept? Oct?
BTW Anybody wanting to read my bike journey, go to trailjournals.com Good info.


Lodging in Tebbetts or Mokane area
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mw from Lee's Summit, MO on 01/17/2021 10:14 AM
I'm planning a trip from Jefferson City to Rocheport in the Spring. I wanted to stay somewhere by Tebbetts or Mokane area, but can't find any lodging. The hostel may not be the best fit, we have a group of 6. Any suggestions.

 
LH from Webb City MO on 01/17/2021 01:28 PM
I have not stayed at Tibbits
I have stayed at Mokane several time's you will find a great B&B at Mokane

 
Doug from Bluffton on 01/17/2021 03:53 PM
Hmmm. Jeff City to Rocheport via Tebbetts or Mokane. Is this a backtrack? Extra mileage? LH what is the name of the B&B in Mokane?


Hoffman’s-Augusta $100 million Investment
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Katy Trail Supporter from Katy Trail-End to End on 01/16/2021 09:16 PM
Does anyone know will this winery and tourist investment operation provide any funding for the KT to the MDR or other trail and park funding? I had read river ferry boats, golf course, restaurants in addition to the numerous wineries they are buying up. Anyone from Augusta city council reading this? Thanks, KTS


Free Camping
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Dan Kelsey from Idaho Falls, Idaho on 01/12/2021 12:39 PM
I am planning a Spring trip to the St. Louis area to visit relatives and would like to bike a portion of the KATY trail, maybe one or two nights camping. I was exploring Marthasville east to the end or vice verse. I was hoping for Free Camping but it looks very limited. (I know camping is prohibited at the trailheads and private property). Any suggestions or options along that stretch of the trail, city parks, etc... Thanks - Dan -from Idaho

 
Jim from St. Thomas on 01/12/2021 06:49 PM
There is very little free camping because letting people camp for free is a poor business model! :-)

A better answer is that even though the Katy is a state park it closes at sunset so camping is prohibited in the park. That leaves private campgrounds and community parks as your only option. Some of those are free and those that do charge are extremely reasonable.

 
Dave from Kirkwood on 01/12/2021 07:00 PM
I am not sure how familiar you are with the Katy, but it mostly travels alongside farms (and other private land) and then through some small towns. There are no real expanses of public land like the national forests out west. Thus, free camping is not really an option. There are a couple small conservation areas near the trail that might allow that, but I don't think there are any in the stretch that you mention.

There is a small city park in Marthasville that allows cheap camping, and Klondike Park (east of Augusta) has a nice camping area.


Another route?
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John Scanlan from Hilton Head Island, SC on 12/27/2020 01:18 PM
I am planning to pedal the Katy from St. Charles to Sedalia. However, I would prefer to not back-track on the Katy to return to St. Charles. Is there another good route? On a side note, I like history, old forts, and battlefields.

 
k on 12/31/2020 01:59 PM
Hi, John. It's likely that a return route would consist almost entirely of country roads, most of which have speed limits of 55 mph (and drivers often exceeding that). If you're willing to endure that, you could string together a few historical markers, museums, sites, etc. Of course, part of your return journey could consist of Amtrak segments, too.

 
Mark from Lee's Summit on 01/02/2021 02:40 PM
The key to not back-tracking would be to use Amtrak for your return trip and continue further west to Kansas City on the Rock Island Trail spur off of the Katy Trail. If you really like history, then I would recommend the national World War 1 Memorial museum in Kansas City. It is right next door to the Amtrak at Union Station. You could even take the train to downtown St. Louis and check out the updated westward expansion museum that is underneath the Gateway Arch. There are several other top notch museums in Forest Park that you could ride to on your way back to St. Charles. The old forts and battlefields are pretty slim around Missouri, but the museums that I talk about all have some excellent displays and recreations.

 
Gypsea from Vancouver WA on 01/11/2021 09:27 PM
I too will start in st Charles, in late May, going West. My return route is sort of the ACA Route 66. If you are interested in details feel free to email me: gypsea00@hotmail.com


Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
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Geo from Madison WI on 01/07/2021 10:13 AM
This place has a very large lawn--perfect for camping. Campers are provided access to a toilet/shower in the old house. The did a load of laundry for $5 and has some supplies for sale; e.g. insect repellent.


Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
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Geo from Madison WI on 01/07/2021 10:13 AM
This place has a very large lawn--perfect for camping. Campers are provided access to a toilet/shower in the old house. The did a load of laundry for $5 and has some supplies for sale; e.g. insect repellent.


Mokane Lions Club Park in Mokane
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Geo from Madison WI on 01/07/2021 09:57 AM
There is no designated campsite, no registration, no fee. We camped by the large pavilion at southwest corner of the park nearest the Katy Trail. There are toilets here, but they were locked at the time of our 10/09/20 (time of Covid) visit. We used the pit toilet & water spigot at the trailhead (100 yds away). The pavilion's lights and power were inactivated and we could find no other power source.

The local grocery and restaurant had closed (maybe permanently). There is a convenience store north out of town. I was told that the road conditions are risky. The road quiets down after dark. There is a VFW Club just north end of the park where you can get a drink. That will generate some late night noise.


Mokane Lions Club Park in Mokane
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Geo from Madison WI on 01/07/2021 09:56 AM
There is no designated campsite, no registration, no fee. We camped by the large pavilion at southwest corner of the park nearest the Katy Trail. There are toilets here, but they were locked at the time of our 10/09/20 (time of Covid) visit. We used the pit toilet & water spigot at the trailhead (100 yds away). The pavilion's lights and power were inactivated and we could find no other power source.

The local grocery and restaurant had closed (maybe permanently). There is a convenience store north out of town. I was told that the road conditions are risky. The road quiets down after dark. There is a VFW Club just north end of the park where you can get a drink. That will generate some late night noise.


Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia
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Geo from Madison WI on 01/06/2021 12:36 AM
I'm responding to the question about hammock camping. I recall that trees were scarce and not close enough to accommodate a hammock. We were charged $12/tent. I'd guess that your hammock is as big is my bivy sack.

A note about noise. There is 24/7 background noise from a nearby fiberglass factory. Deal with it, there are no other campgrounds on offer in Sedalia.

We were able to recharge our phones at one of the vacant RV sights.

We camped here on 10/04/20.

 
Kim Henderson - Kim's Cabins from Windsor on 01/07/2021 08:09 AM
There are great folks that have started a campground a little west of Sedalia called Lazy Liz horse and RV campground. If not listed on here maybe Ray can add them.


American Legion Park in Hartsburg
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Geo from Madison WI on 01/07/2021 12:15 AM
This review is about the Volunteer Park in Hartsburg, it is not the American Legion Park. The park is 40 yards north of the Trailhead next to the caboose. You use the trailhead toilets and water. The park is small and charming. Young couples brought their children to play. The neighbor was very friendly.
This is a lovely, quiet town.

There was no charge for staying here. We did not confirm availability before we arrived, but we were there in October when usage is light. There would definitely NOT be room to stay here if an event was scheduled for the park--you would have to move to the American Legion Park. We camped here on 10/8/20.


Davisdale Conservation Area in Rocheport
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Geo from Madison WI on 01/06/2021 01:06 AM
We camped at the parking lot 1/2 mile west of where the trail crosses Hwy 40. There was very little flat space for tents here and no shade from the hot sun. Cars came and went during the night. Engine braking noise from trucks on Hwy 40 was frequent. Because there are no facilities, be sure to load up on water at your prior trailhead (New Franklin, in our case). We camped here on 10/06/20.

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 01/06/2021 02:37 PM
Thank you for circling back with information. So many people ask a million questions, ride the trail, and don't give anything back.


City Park in Pilot Grove
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Geo from Madison WI on 01/06/2021 12:46 AM
About hammocks, there are not sufficient trees, but you could string them between the pavilion posts.

This is a lovely quiet park, but there is constant noise from a nearby factory--24/7.

There is a Casey's convenience store in town.

We stayed here on 10/05/20.


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Paula from NE Missouri on 01/04/2021 07:35 PM
What's the best bike shuttle service from St. Charles to Clinton? We want to bike from Clinton back to St. Charles.


Yearly Mileage
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Avatar 9357 from St. Louis on 12/31/2020 07:18 AM
I did my personal best on the Katy this year. I was able to complete 1825 miles on the trail.

 
BikerBoy from Maryville, IL on 12/31/2020 06:45 PM
Good job, Avatar! That's a lot of miles on a not-super-smooth surface. I was only able to get 200 on the Katy this year, and none last year (due to the flooding). Hope to get two end-to-ends in 2021. But at least I also hit my personal best overall this year of 3,300 miles, thanks to Covid not letting me travel for work.

 
Mattmacc from Makanda, IL on 01/03/2021 11:01 AM
That's impressive ... day trips or overnighters? What part of the trail? Where do you park?

 
Avatar 9357 from St. Louis on 01/04/2021 04:41 PM
All mine were out and back trips between Greens Bottom and McBaine.


Hotel Frederick in Boonville
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M.E.S. from Holden Missouri on 01/03/2021 09:14 AM
I and my dog stayed at the Frederick on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Had hoped to do some hiking on the Katy trail but the weather was just too cold for more than a stroll. Beautiful old hotel,very well kept up, with friendly service. When you walk into the lobby it's like you've time-traveled to the 1920s: anyone who remembers the hotel in the classic comedy "Some Like It Hot" will see the resemblance right away.

Had a very good dinner salad the first night at the Frederick's restaurant but it was closed in the morning. If you stay in Boonville and want to good meal at a reasonable price, do try The Diner on Main Street. They have very good breakfasts in particular, with generous portions.

I do hope to do this again, maybe in late March or early April.

 
Michael from mountains from London, England on 01/04/2021 02:17 AM
Oh, great to hear about cycling on the Katy in 2020; I am very impressed by these mileages!
We stayed at the Grand Victorian in Boonville in October 2019, on our way from Sedalia to St Charles - just a modest 182 miles over several days, around the detours, getting lost here and there on the highway, in the heat. The Grand Victorian was lovely, and I remember the Diner was very good too. This year is so different for us. We haven't even been to the USA at all, let alone cycled there as we usually do. My wife is from Pennsylvania and has very close family there, so it's been hard but we are staying safe.
We did take our bikes to Wales but it rained the whole time, and I mean rain. Cats and dogs.
We plan to be back when the pandemic dies down, and we are able to travel again.Thanks for keeping me posted through this website.

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