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Huntsdale MO on the Katy Trail and Rock Island Trail

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Huntsdale
Mr. Bump from Hannibal on 12/05/2018 09:43 PM:
There are substantial iron fences and gates to prohibit anyone on the trail from going into this small town. Weird, I know. Hey, we got the message.
Unless Catfish Katy's is hosting an event (closed for the season), skip this town completely, as they do not appear to like cyclists.

 
Jim from St Thomas on 12/06/2018 04:02 PM:
I think what you mistook for Huntsdale is the private property on the river side of trail.

 
Padre from St. Charles on 01/07/2019 12:23 PM:
This area is now called The Station House at Katfish Katys. It is under new ownership, and the new owners have expanded and improved it. Read more here:

http://www.katfishkatys.com/about-station-house/

No Camping Here
John Hutchins from Pacific on 09/05/2016 10:02 AM:
FWIW, Katfish Katy's facebook page says their campground is closed with no plans to reopen. Looks like they have a restaurant openning in Sept 2016 but the camping icon should be removed from this spot on the trail map.

 
MPH from St Louis on 09/06/2016 10:18 AM:
We rode by this weekend, the rumor we heard is that a hunt club bought the property and it will be a private even venue. They have installed fences and automatic gates,, definately no camping not sure about any kind of restaurant.

 
Anonymous on 09/06/2016 12:23 PM:
I'd go with their FB page about the restaurant. They are probably more in the know about that than someone just riding by.

Huntsdale
deboweth from Centralia,IL on 10/24/2013 11:18 AM:
The campground hosts there are a joke. A couple of stoners riding around in a jeep! When we camped there it was loud and noisy with a bunch of locals and their coolers! The campground hosts came by and even talked to them but it did not change things.
Avoid this place at all costs!!!!!

Huntsdale
Ed from Wichita, KS on 09/23/2013 12:50 PM:
I went with a group of 9 riders from New Franklin to Columbia for lunch and then back to New Franklin. Stopped and saw some sights. Had fun. The MKT side spur was great! It takes you through some very nice scenery, and eventually deposits you right into Columbia. Very shady as you get closer to Columbia. The grades were never difficult. I'd ride this section again anytime! You could even stay IN Columbia, and ride the MKT south to Huntsdale, and back to Columbia, if you were with people that didn't want too long of a ride! Very pretty area. Kudos to whoever created these rail trails! Kansas now needs to get it's act together better about such things! (What about it, Governor?)

Katfish Katy's (Huntsdale)
Kraig T. from St. Louis, MO on 10/03/2010 08:36 PM:
My wife and I camped at Katfish Katy's last night and it was a nightmare of a camping experience. It is a fair (at best) campground with trash and broken glass in the campsite. The noise and commotion was appalling. There was a large group of campers blaring their music and yelling which lasted until 2:00AM. Then the music started again at 7:30AM. I could not break camp fast enough to get away from there. Beware!

 
Lawrence from Columbia MO on 05/24/2011 06:25 PM:
Must have been a bad bunch that night. The Campground hosts usually take care of that kind of problem pronto!

Katfish Katy's - Huntsdale
Mark from West Des Moines, IA on 08/14/2010 05:30 PM:
Wife and I stopped here for some refreshments - wonderfully place. The restrooms were very clean and had AC which was welcomed on a hot day.

Katy’s Little Lodge (Huntsdale)
Curt H Moore from Iowa City, Iowa on 10/04/2009 06:58 PM:
Stayed July 27th 2009. I was met by Dorian (owner out of burg) The food was great. Had the whole place to my self. Nice to a have access to a clothes washer as I was packing light for the ride from Kansas to the Arch. Asked for a 6am breakfast and Dorian had it ready. I was on the Trail by 0620. Lucky Dorain had the key to the camping store. Was able to get a cold coke. Good stop....curt Thanks for letting me stay

Katfish Katy's (Huntsdale)
JimB from O''''Fallon on 08/22/2009 11:41 AM:
We camped at Katfish Katy's Tuesday August 2, 2009. Great place to camp with great showers/restrooms. Lots of sites to chose from - all a nice walk to the showers. A thankful and much needed cup of coffee in the morning to start our day back on the trail. Easy to locate as you ride into Huntsdale...

Native American Petroglyphs (Huntsdale)
Lisa D. from Shawnee, KS on 03/15/2006 01:02 PM:
We were disappointed that we never could spot the petroglyphs, even though we looked for quite awhile on our way to Rocheport from Huntsdale. We didn't get a chance to look them on our way back since we had to take refuge in the front of the cave from a terrible thunderstorm with hail and lightening! I realize you're not supposed to go in the cave, and hope the owner would forgive us under the circumstances.

 
Trek Biker from St. Joseph, MO on 03/15/2006 02:37 PM:
As you stand across the trail from the Lewis and Clark Cave....the petroglyphs can be seen 40 to 50 feet above the cave and just to your left. There is a rock ledge just below them that birds often perch on.



View the photo in the about Huntsdale part of this website to get a good idea of what to look for.

 
C_Bunch from Lake of the Ozarks on 07/19/2009 09:10 PM:
The petroglyphs are very faint but are red...above the cave to the left!

 
jd from gkc on 07/20/2009 08:26 AM:
The two remaining pictographs are fairly small. Look just above the rough-looking layers of rock. Also, just above these layers is a large hollow that is shaped like a miniature amphitheater or an upside down smile. Follow that curved ridge down to its left edge just above the rough rock layers.



Wish something could be done to preserve them better. But they're on private property.

Katy’s Little Lodge (Huntsdale)
Julie from crestwood,mo on 06/23/2009 02:30 PM:
Miss Patty has a nice southwestern style lodge. She is very accomdating

She has large windows in the kitchen so you can bird watch at any time of day.

It is also very convenient from the trail.

The only bad thing about huntsdale there really is not any restaurants around. You can ask Miss Patty to make dinner for you just plan it in advance with her.

Huntsdale
Joyce & Dena on 10/16/2008 09:21 PM:
Katfish Katy's provides public restrooms at their personal expense to users of the Katy Trail. Thank you. Staying at Katy's Little Lodge felt like staying at home. It was also close to the trail.

 
ElToro on 10/16/2008 10:30 PM:
Hats off to Katfish Katy's. I have had the same positive experiences. Even if I am not tired or thirsty I always try to stop there when I am riding by to spend a few dimes and support this establishment.

 
Trek on 10/17/2008 08:16 AM:
Public restrooms.....a cold soda.....a picnic table under a shade tree....friendly folks....its an oasis on a hot day!

 
ProlificTom from K.C. on 12/08/2008 05:13 PM:
Katfish Katy's is indeed a great campsite. I rolled in a half-hour after dark in mid-october and the campsite hosts were still very gracious. They even offered to open the store in case i needed anything. Also got to pitch my camp 15ft. from the river on a small bluff. It was very nice to wake up with the Muddy Mo' peacefully flowing by.

Katfish Katy's (Huntsdale)
Bruce from O'Fallon, IL on 09/06/2007 08:42 PM:
Try their breakfast sandwich. Very good. Friendly people.

Huntsdale
arlo on 07/22/2007 10:58 PM:
We had a nice time here. We got firewood, hot showers and the camp ground was nice and

clean.

 
gtnn2bkn from prairie home mo on 08/13/2007 12:59 PM:
We stopped at Katfish Katy's. They had fresh bananas and cold V-8! The clerks were amicable and the grounds clean. We thought there'd be more of a menu, but didn't mind peddling on to Rocheport. That was a disappointment. It was not quit 2:00. The sign said open, until 6. There was a man at the register and two in the back. No one greeted us. No one looked at us. We pondered the menu, we walked back out to check the sign. Walked back in...still no recognition. One of the men came from the back: still no acknowledgment. It was 100 plus heat ~ had we melted into invisibility? I think not... there were no other patrons: several sets of people were however outside sitting and laying on the benches under the trailhead pavilion, but no one was inside the air conditioned Cafe sipping water or what have you. That should have been a clue. The place was unwelcoming and uninviting. We were ready to drop $15 - $20 for sandwiches and beverages. They completely ignored us. What's up with that???

 
Brian from Wichita, KS on 08/14/2007 12:13 PM:
Good comments, but kinda confusing -- did you get the bad service at Huntsdale or Rocheport? Which business? specifically? Just curious.

 
gtnn2bkn from prairie home mo on 08/15/2007 04:33 PM:
sorry ~ the dismissive, nonchalant, can't even bother to look up and greet you attitude was at the Rochport "Trailside Cafe"....and i'd read good things about the place!! That's why the dismay....

 
Trek Biker on 08/15/2007 04:59 PM:
Seems unusual to me as I've always found them to be friendly and kind. When it's hot....everyone is hot. Did you speak to them.....acknowledge their existence??

 
gtnn2bkn from prairie home mo on 08/16/2007 11:04 AM:
Trek Biker ~ as i said, we were pondering the menu; and yes, out loud. The older man behind the register may have been deaf, but not blind; he was shuffling some slips of paper back and forth. He was less than two or three feet from us, whatever the width of the counter top is: he refused to look up. Even when we came back in from rechecking the hours and reviewing the posted lunch special; and that being after we'd said (yes, trek: OUTLOUD) "what is the lunch special?". Like i said, we'd read good things about them...thus our dismay.

 
Kim from Independence, MO on 08/16/2007 11:28 AM:
We've always had good experiences here, but not so good at the General Store or the Katy B&B.



The gentleman I believe you are referring to, we have always found to be on the quiet side, not overly friendly, but usually accomodating. Perhaps he was tired, concentrating on his task, and just did not notice you. I don't normally find that they say anything unless you stand right in front of the counter, because people also come in the same door to go to the bike shop.



The food here is great, generous portions, but I have always found the service to be slow, likely because everything is prepared when you place your order. And they bring everything out to the table.



Sorry you missed the great food, and I hope you give them another chance.

Katfish Katy's (Huntsdale) is HIGH & DRY! OPEN FOR BIZ!
Brett Dufur from Rocheport on 05/12/2007 06:04 PM:
Hi all -- Katfish Katy's at Huntsdale is 110% open for business. The trail in both directions is dry. There must have been 25 cyclists at their store this afternoon. I repeat: Katfish Katy's in Huntsdale is OPEN FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL. I heard Cooper's Landing in Easley had about 6 inches of water on their floor (and plenty of beer). I got to tour the river and wetlands today. All of the Katy Trail portions between Rocheport to below Huntsdale all appeared to be fine from the river. here's a link to Cooper's Landing newsletter with lots of great links of upcoming activities and "flood that didn't happen" links:

http://www.cooperslanding.net/newsletter.htm

P.S. The kayaking was otherworldly. Very incredible day!

See you on the trail! Brett

Huntsdale - Katfish Katy's
Gorn from Overland Park, KS on 04/23/2007 09:49 AM:
We camped at Katfish Katy's last Friday and it couldn't have been much better. The river slides by like a constantly changing impressionist painting just feet from your campfire. The Katfish store has whatever you forgot. Clean bathrooms and a place to shower, too. A clear night under a billion stars and you're good to go.

Katfish Katy's (Huntsdale)
Tim and Laurell Brown from Santa Maria, CA on 02/28/2007 12:31 PM:
We camped here July 11, 2006. Nice campsite next to the river with port-a-potty nearby. Quiet for us since there was only one other tenter besides us. For a nice place to tent camp, I would recommend it. Not a busy congested amusement park like a KOA, just a great place to camp next to the Missouri River. Showers were up the road at the store.

 
MAH from Blue Springs, MO on 03/01/2007 09:59 AM:
I stopped at Katfish Katy's on a ride last year and the lady(owner?) in the store said they will even rent a tent and a blow up air mattress. Good to know if you want to do an overnighter there and don't want to haul a lot of gear

 
Anonymous from Olathe, KS on 04/10/2007 03:55 PM:
Did anyone have a problem with mosquitos since the camp sites are along the river? We're planning on staying @ Katfish Katy's in May this year. Thanks!

 
Jason from Huntsville, AL on 04/11/2007 04:47 PM:
We stayed there in October and the bugs were pretty bad...not just mosquitos. There were LOTS of spiders, gnats, mosquitos...you name it. It didn't make it miserable, but a good supply of bug spray would be recommended!

Katy’s Little Lodge (Huntsdale)
Mary from Lawrence, KS on 10/18/2006 05:04 PM:
What a pleasant find is this bed & breakfast! My friend & I traveled from Lawrence on a Friday, met Miss Patty late that afternoon & thoroughly enjoyed our stay through Sunday. The accomodations were perfect for 2 singles & would be roomy enough for 2 couples. Miss Patty is quite the breakfast cook & can really put out a spread - mostly organic food which really tasted good! It was the perfect start to our long bike rides we took each morning. I would highly recommend a stay here - just be prepared to be patient. Miss Patty & the residents of Huntsdale don't necessarily worry about getting anywhere on time!

 
Anonymous on 11/04/2006 09:02 PM:
I read your comment with interest. WE had a totally different experience later this Oct. We arrived on a rainy afternoon to find the owner "smashed" on alcohol or drugs....we couldn't tell. Her partner (male) was a little more functional. It all made for an interesting story later but the evening would not have been for the "faint of heart" or people with children. It was over the top!

Katfish Katy's (Huntsdale)
Gary and Paula Farrant from Ozawkie on 10/22/2006 09:21 PM:
Campground was great. Close to scenic river and trails. Good RV accomodations and the would be comfortable using tent as well. We found Linda Lou to be very accomodating to our needs. Even found us steak on short notice. She was also very knowledgable of the town and surrounding towns. Enjoyed the campground and hope to be brining the entire clan next Spring. This would be about 40+ people including kids.

Katfish Katy's (Huntsdale)
Jason from Huntsville, AL on 10/16/2006 04:22 PM:
We ended up camping here when we learned that Dianes Bend was a no-go. This was a decent place. The people in the store were friendly and it did have a decent shower. The camping facilities are actually pretty nice, right alongside the river. We were the only ones camping there, so we were slightly uneasy, but nothing bad at all happened. Nowhere to eat, so make sure you don't plan to eat there. The store does have snack food though.

Huntsdale/John Sam Williamson
Airin from Madisonville, KY on 09/25/2006 07:13 PM:
I'm looking at the June 1990 National Geographic which features a Greenways "Path to the Future" article. A photo of J S W'mson is included. He is protesting the proposed Katy Trail with the quote, "Recreation shouldn't be at the expense of the landowner. This is where we make our living; this is our home." (2 miles of the KATY railroad bisects the family farm). Is this the same W'mson of the famed burr oak? When did he change his mind and how did the transformation come about?

I'm curious because here in Kentucky we have a few RTT routes, but nothing remotely resembling the near border to border KATY. In Western KY we missed out on acquiring the land when the railroad disbanded, but it went into the private sector. Now that we are organized, we will be trying to win over landowner's minds...a tough task ahead. i would appreciate any comments.

I rode the KATY last year and was wowed...great camping, funky b&b, interesting people and wild times.

State Champion Bur Oak
KAD from Huntsdale MO on 06/15/2006 02:30 PM:
The State Champion Bur Oak tree is owned by Mr. John Sam Williamson, Jr. and is located in Boone County It is with in the vicinity of Huntsdale MO.



By Katy Trail it is near mile 170, you'll see the tree to the south, some 100 yards or so from the trail

By Auto off the Corner of Burr Oak Rd & Grocery Branch east of Huntsdale MO.



Many of the members of Huntsdale with the Help & blessing of Mr. Williamson are working on preserving and maintaining the tree for all to enjoy.



The tree has much History it is said that it’s Circumference is about 289" Height 85 feet and has a spread of about 118 feet. Estimated age is Over 400 years.



By the Missouri Department of Conservation – State champion Tree Chart - This Burr Oak was Given 402 Points.



Come and Visit The Tree and then travel west about 1.2 miles on the trail and stop in at Katfish Katy’s Campground & Store for a drink and a great River View!



See U Soon! - KAD

 
Columbia Cycler from Columbia on 07/17/2006 09:22 PM:
I've visited the spectacular Redwoods of California which are indeed quite impressive. Nonetheless, this tree stands alone -- literally! Definitely a special little power spot of its own!

snapping turtles...
Drew & Karen from Blue Springs, MO on 05/30/2006 11:52 AM:
The run between Rocheport and Easley was a nature watch...we saw 2 snakes, 9 deer, groundhog, raccoon, rabbit...but no snapping turtles. We hear tell though from some Columbia regulars on the Katy that in 2-3 weeks, the snapping turles come out of the MO River to lay eggs...they said that the turtles are all over the place...sounds like a sight to behold!

 
Adam dennis lassa from Fenton MO. on 06/18/2006 09:34 PM:
I love snakes a-lot and I would like to know what kind of snakes you saw. If you don't know, tell me what color they where and I could tell you what kind thay were if you would like. Thank you!

 
Drew & Karen from Blue Springs, MO on 06/18/2006 10:29 PM:
Adam...not sure what kind of snakes they were...very long...about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. We made sure we didn't roll over them...one we didn't get to before it exited the trail (stage left). I think they were black snakes.

 
sbikes from Kansas City on 06/18/2006 10:58 PM:
Copperheads, garter snakes and black snakes are the most common snakes I have seen on

the trail. I heard a rattlesnake once, but never seen one.

Katfish Katy's (Huntsdale)
Drew & Karen from Blue Springs, MO on 05/30/2006 11:45 AM:
Good place to grab a cool drink. The camping was busy this Memorial Day. We may try to camp next time. Had a place to stay in nearby Columbia this time...thanks to our daughter and her husband. Take advantage of the photo ops sitting at the table on a "horse" stool...no not THAT kind of stool...! Also the swing benches made of horseshoes are cool. Sit near the trail in the shade and sip a gatorade.

Katfish Katy's (Huntsdale)
Lisa D. from Shawnee, KS on 03/15/2006 09:18 AM:
Katfish Katy's is a charming neo-Victorian store right on the trail in Huntsdale with the friendliest proprietors you could ever hope for. We had the privilege of being their first campers of 2006! The proprietors opened the campground and store earlier in the season than scheduled and even restocked with things we wanted to eat! They also had goodies for kids and ours were particularly crazy about the glow sticks. We had a spacious site to park our 25-foot camper and conversion van, with a view of the river just over a small levy. There are electric and water hookups, and picnic tables for each RV site, and spotless showers and restrooms. We purchased wood at the store and they delivered it right to our site! Linda drove down Sunday afternoon as we were leaving to warn us of bad weather coming so we were able to leave a bit early to miss the worst of the storms. We really appreciated her concern! Katfish Katy’s is a great location to start from when you have kids. Ours are 7 & 8. The first afternoon we rode to McBaine and back as a test ride, and the next day we started early and rode to Rocheport and back. Lots to see! We will definitely be camping at Katfish Katy’s again! We look forward to being able to enjoy their spring-fed pool in the hot summer months!

 
wyoming from green river on 04/19/2006 01:42 PM:
You are right! This is a fine place to camp. The people are friendy and helpful, the campground is tidy and scenic. I always stay here.

Katfish Katy's (Huntsdale) WHAT A PLACE!!
Jeff K from South Howard County on 09/12/2005 12:07 PM:
Just got back from a weekend float down the mighty MO., and wanted to say thank you for the hospitality at your campsite.

The takeout ramp was more than expected and the c store and HOT showers were a real treat. Our whole gang were very happy with the shaded CLEAN campgrounds, and runnging water at the site was a real plus.



Thanks again,

Jeff

P.S. Go Texas A&M!!!!

Katfish Katy's (Huntsdale)
Brent P. from Kansas City on 07/26/2005 03:13 PM:
I spent the hottest weekend in July of 2005 on the trail between Rocheport and Huntsdale with my wife and two kids. Seeing Katfish Katy's was a welcome sight unlike any in my life. My son was totally drained and had taken a spill early on our ride. Coming around the corner and seeing the establishment was like an answered prayer. We got a candy bar and a water and called my parents to come pick us up. What a Godsend Katfish Katy's was. Thank you for being there.