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McBaine Bur Oak
Kevin Fetner from Walla Walla, WA on 01/13/2020 02:09 PM:
I know this tree. I had a farm about five miles from Rocheport in the 80's/90's. We had a solo Bur Oak only slightly smaller than this one. I measured them both. My tree had been hit by lightening earlier in its life. As a consequence it grew out like an umbrella instead of up. It was magnificent. I could have 300-400 sheep sleeping there in the shade on a hot summer day. The farm was all broken up and sold seemingly at random. But, I'm betting the tree is still there and worthy of historical recognition.

Bill Young from Jefferson City on 02/06/2020 10:41 AM:
It's still there

Matt on 04/11/2017 11:38 PM:
So sorry to hear the Lucy's (previously Betty's) Bar & Grill is closed. Best burgers on the Trail, made fresh. Many a fond memory of hunting Missouri Morels after breakfast at Betty's back in the 90s. I'm wearing my Betty's t-shirt right now, so I had to see if the place was still in business.

Lucy's is CLOSED
gv from Russellville, AR on 05/18/2015 05:18 PM:
Real bummer because we had stopped there in the past and had a good burger.

MAH from Blue Springs on 05/18/2015 06:05 PM:
We heard Lucy passed away last year and got the impression it would not be reopening. One of the best burgers and fries on the trail, will definitely miss stopping here.

anon on 05/22/2015 02:48 PM:
Yes, Lucy did pass away, but she had not operated it for some time. The current manager (Ginny) closed it, there is no plans to open.

The Katfish Katy river jam had played at Lucy's year-round for a year. They now play at Jake's in Columbia, Sundays 1-5. No river vibe there at all, but good food.

Lucy's Bar & Grill (McBaine)
Mary from Wheatland Mo. on 11/24/2009 03:49 PM:
We stopped at Lucy's anticipating a nice warm lunch. It was around 1:30 we were told not very nicely that the kitchen closed at 2 and they lock up at 2:30. We decided to have crackers and cheese at the traihead. This was the only low point of our 5 day ride. Even the lousy weather was better than the way they acted.

Anonymous on 09/21/2012 07:37 AM:
Very nice staff & grill open till 7pm now. Great burgers!!

KB from Lee's Summit on 05/12/2014 02:50 PM:
Is Lucy's open on Sundays?

gv from Russellville, AR on 05/18/2015 05:13 PM:
Called to check on getting lunch at Lucy's and found out it is CLOSED. Real bummer because we had stopped there in the past and had a good burger.

cross country bicyclist from USA on 03/30/2015 10:17 AM:
If you need repairs or service; I highly reccomend Walt's bike shop in Columbia,MO. They are easy to reach via the MKT spur trail from Mc Baine to Columbia. I delt with Mark (one of the mechanics). They are all knoledgeable and friendly.

Lucy's Bar & Grill
What Street from Kansas City, MO on 06/25/2011 11:25 PM:
Do not eat here. Pack a lunch. The food is very greasy, and french fries are extremely soggy. We paid $23 for a lunch here for 2 people. For that price, we got 2 burgers, 2 fries, 2 drinks, and 2 chips. We had to order the chips because the fries were so bad.

Laurie from Omaha on 07/13/2011 03:29 PM:
Lucy's seemed like an oasis to us. The food was good (we didn't have fries, so can't comment on them) and the beverages were ice cold. We did have a piece of pie for dessert, it was very refreshing. Pie is a new menu item being introduced by the daughter-in-law on a trial bases.......go girl!! A real treat to have in the middle of a hot ride. I recommend stopping at Lucy's and supporting trailside businesses as much as possible.

Craig from Springfield on 07/13/2011 04:01 PM:
Lucy's was great. Just had drinks in 100+ heat and they let me cool down. Nice folks on the trail.

Kim from Columbia, MO on 07/14/2011 10:13 PM:
I've eaten at Lucy's numerous times and it has always been fantastic. Give it another try.

Aaron from New Bloonfield on 07/18/2011 10:49 PM:
I ate at Lucys last Sunday and I thought the food was good and good service. I was hoping and praying that it would be open. It was very hot and humid after riding 27 miles!!! There was also live music, but we left a little early before they started.

Billy from Mokane on 07/20/2011 03:04 PM:
I love Lucy's...It's always been a super place.

Anonymous from Columbia on 11/15/2011 11:38 AM:
Lucy's has the best burger I ever had! Also they have changed the fries.

Bryan from Columbia on 11/19/2011 12:52 AM:
What? This place is great. Yeah, no five star, but plenty good for trail food. Lots of it also.

TopShelf from Napoleon, Ohio on 01/20/2012 09:30 AM:
From reading the comments about Lucy's, and pretty much every other small town restaurant and/or bar along the Katy Trail, it seems like some folks expect 5-star restaurants in every town in Missouri. I believe if you go to these small town establishments with an open mind, and reasonable expectations, you might actually meet some nice people and have a good time.

El Toro on 01/21/2012 12:00 AM:
Totally agree with TopShelf's comments. When I'm riding the KATY I will take a greasy burger over the white table cloths and wine ANY TIME.

MAH on 01/23/2012 10:23 PM:
We make a point to stop at Lucy's if we're riding and it's time to eat. Love the burgers, some of the best along the trail!

McBaine water shut off
Ray (webmaster) on 09/21/2011 09:46 AM:
As of 9/21/11, the water has been shut off at the McBaine trailhead until further notice, due to a watermain leak.

justbreathe from st. louis on 09/12/2011 02:30 PM:
Our first stop for food on our 172 mile 3 day trip was Lucy's. The food was great and we'll stop here again if and when we ride the Katy Trail.

Lucy's Bar & Grill (McBaine)
Tyler Young from Kansas City on 07/15/2009 11:33 AM:
We stopped at Lucy's first on July 13th, 2009. We got there at 3 pm,

only to find, heartbreakingly, that the restaurant opened at 7:30 am

and closed at 2:30 pm. We learned our first lesson about the trail--

check the hours ahead of time of any restaurants that you are

depending on to be open. Take nothing for granted. When we came back

the next day, we got there around 11:30. We ordered cheeseburgers,

fries, fried green beans, and a Philly cheesesteak. Bearing in mind

our mantra of the trail food (that is, set expectations low and allow

yourself to be pleasantly surprised), we found all of the food to be

delicious. The staff seemed somewhat annoyed at our presence, they

were out of a number of things on the menu (we weren't able to get the

vegetable of the day, the fruit of the day, or the mac-n-cheese

bites), and we would have appreciated some less greasy menu options.

All in all, though, Lucy's is a pretty good place to stop along the

trail. Just remember the mantra.

What Street from Kansas City, MO on 06/26/2011 09:28 AM:
My expectations are never this low! YUK says it all!

Doug from Bluffton on 06/26/2011 09:47 PM:
If you're not having fun, lower your standards. Besides, it's entirely possible that you are not really worth as much as you think.

Anonymous on 06/30/2011 08:16 PM:
Ate there couple of weeks ago. It was fine. It is a bar in the middle of no where. You can always eat next door.

Is it too muddy
ksols on 03/09/2010 01:31 PM:
We were planning to get out this weekend (3/14) is it too muddy around Columbia, McBaine, Rocheport?

robert Johnson from columbia on 03/16/2010 02:10 PM:
The MKT that runs from McBaine to Columbia is a muddy mess and the local P and R is

replacing two of the bridges so its basically unrideable right now.

Burr Oak Tree (McBaine)
Chris from Harrisburg on 02/25/2010 06:49 AM:
There is a large beautiful, original pen/ink drawing of this wonderful tree at Art & Antiques in Rocheport on the Katy Trail...prints are available,too.

Burr Oak Tree (McBaine)
C_Bunch from Lake of the Ozarks on 07/19/2009 09:09 PM:
This tree is fantastic! Definitely something that you should stop and see! We were there today 7-19-09...

Local from Columbia from Columbia on 07/19/2009 11:30 PM:
Absolutely! I believe it's 350 years old if I'm not mistaken? Definitely worth a look.

Kyle from Bolivar, MO on 07/21/2009 01:33 PM:
I visited the tree for the second time this year on Sunday July 19th. I would like to know if anyone has ever measured the girth around the tree? It's amazing not only the height of the tree but I'd like to know the diameter of the trunk.

Trek on 07/21/2009 01:51 PM:
Google Kyle, Google! And, you'll find this article with the diameter listed.


You'll have to do some higher math to determine the girth. Google should be able to help you with a formula too if you don't have one handy.

JG from Columbia on 07/22/2009 08:53 AM:
The circumference is 287 inches, the height 90 feet and the spread is 130 feet giving it a Missouri point value of 410. Not only is this the Missouri state champion bur oak, it is also a national champion. For more information on state champion trees go to:


Burr Oak Tree (McBaine)
kim from bolivar on 06/01/2009 09:12 AM:
My husband "discovered" this tree this weekend on our ride. He was amazed! He returned to take my sister and I to look at it. We are so glad this tree is being preserved for others to see and enjoy.

Kyle from Bolivar, MO on 06/02/2009 12:07 PM:
Wow, what a small world.....I just read this and saw you were from Bolivar also. I was standing in front of that tree on May 23rd riding from Sedalia to Herman. Incredible history along the trail including this estimated 350 year old tree. Send me an e-mail some time at husker1@windstream.net and I'll send you the picture of the tree with my bike in front of it that I took. Besides, I'd like to know if your a Kim in Bolivar that I know.

Anonymous on 06/02/2009 02:03 PM:
Maybe she is your wife.....go figure!

Kyle from Bolivar, MO on 06/03/2009 11:20 AM:
Maybe she is your wife.....go figure!

- posted 6/2/2009 2:03:07 PM

What is this supposed to mean?? My wifes name isn't Kim.

Anonymous on 06/03/2009 02:25 PM:
I believe it was semi-clever attempt at humor. I got it.

Bur Oak Tree (McBaine)
Ann and Pete from St. Louis on 04/27/2009 05:40 PM:
We're tree people, so seeing this giant was a highlight of our Clinton to St. Charles trip last July. Well worth stopping for an hour or so and just sitting at its base, soaking it in.

By the way, the correct spelling is bur (not burr) oak. I found this in the Audubon Field Guide to Trees: "The common name describes the cup of the acorn, which slightly resembles the spiny bur of the chestnut."

Burr Oak Tree (McBaine)
Dorian from huntsdale, mo on 04/21/2009 12:51 PM:
The land owner is john Sam williamson. He lives in the house on the hill northwest of the

big tree. The land was passed down from his father. The plaque is in a museum in at.


Burr Oak Tree (McBaine)
Dorian from huntsdale, mo on 04/21/2009 12:47 PM:
The land owner is john Sam williamson. He lives in the house on the hill northwest of the

big tree. The land was passed down from his father. The plaque is in a museum in at.


Burr Oak Tree (McBaine)
Steph from Titusville, FL on 06/21/2007 12:14 AM:
I drove by the Big Tree today.. I'm actually trying to get more information about the tree. Does anyone know who owns the land it's on? I noticed that it's marker has been vandalized ):

Michael from Columbia on 06/22/2007 12:59 PM:
This person owns both sides of the street the tree is on:


Ana from Huntsdale MO on 06/28/2007 11:34 AM:
It is the Missouri State Champion Bur Oak, in fact. Last measured

It is 84 feet tall with a spread of 116 feet. It has a circumference of 272 inches at 54" above the ground. It's about 350 years old.

The big tree is located on the Williamson farm, about a mile from Huntsdale,Missouri, in the Missouri River floodplain.

There were some fears locally that it would not survive the Great Flood of 1993, but despite standing in six feet of water for awhile, the tree survived without problems.

The big tree has been a favorite local destination for generations. It's a great spot for picnics, or just to visit. It's also very photogenic. Some of the residents of Huntsdale try to keep the tree safe and cleaned up, but it is difficult when some visitors just trash the area and graffiti the stone.

Enjoy - Ana

D.McBaine from Warrensburg on 06/28/2007 07:49 PM:
I think it is amazing.......lots of history...even more appealing is my family history in this area!

brennan from phoenix on 04/14/2009 04:06 AM:
I grew up on the williams farm it used to stretch accross the whole bottom my grandmother owns luciles tavern in mcbaine she knows the history of the whole river bottom and I am pretty sure that tree is the biggest burr oak in the world but i could be wrong

John Williams who owns the land fought against the katy trail as the land used to build the railroad was leased from the local farmers and was suppose to be returned to them if the rail pulled out instead it was stolen by the government from the local land owners they fought it to (I can be wrong) the US Supreme Court but in the end the lost and the katy trail isn't as bad as they all thought it would be anyways..just fyi

Arkie on 04/16/2009 07:27 PM:
I am glad they "stole" it. The old railroad grade won't grow anything but white rocks anyway. Might as well use it ride bicycles.

Burr Oak Tree (McBaine)
bret salladay from novinger mo. on 11/06/2008 08:23 PM:
My son drove me to this monster today 11-06-08.I am 59 yrs old ,live on a farm on chariton river north of novinger and never have i ever saw a tree in missouri of this size .We measured six feet from the ground across our best guess and she was at least 8 feet across! I WILL RETURN! with camera and love for the sight of this majestic wonder!

D.&B.L. on 02/13/2009 10:14 PM:
i miss stopping by this majestic tree... you have to admit... she has earned way more than just respect....

Anonymous on 02/18/2009 06:23 PM:
i know this has been answered numerous times. i also know where the mcbaine trailhead is. so the question is, where is the tree at mcbaine. thanx in advance.

Trek on 02/19/2009 09:38 AM:
Traveling east from Huntsdale towards McBaine....approx. 8 tenths of a mile east of Huntsdale, the Katy crosses a blacktop highway. Looking south down the highway, you can see the tree standing right next to the road a quarter to a half mile from the trail. We've all been told this before....but you can't miss it. As a side note: The Katy Trail Guidebook directions are to continue an extra 1.3 miles to McBaine and then backtrack 1.7 miles to the tree....or just turn south at the highway and ride a half mile.

Lucy's Bar & Grill (McBaine)
EB from Greenwood on 11/01/2008 06:08 PM:
We stopped in for lunch in October. Cheeseburgers and chili were great! Not to mention we were able to witness the most profane woman ever! Very impressive.

Eagle Bluffs Overlook Trail
JasonA from Omaha, NE on 10/15/2008 06:18 PM:
I'm surprised there is no reference on here to the Eagle Bluffs Overlook Trail which is a few miles east of McBaine. Even though I was kind of in a hurry, I stopped here for 20-30 minutes to climb to the top and look out over the river valley from a platform on the side of the bluffs. The sign says: Strenuous Climb / Beautiful View. Maybe the view isn't as beautiful as the climb is strenuous, but it still a worthwhile little hike.

robert from columbia on 10/16/2008 03:23 PM:
There is a better lookout really close to there. If you are traveling towards Jefferson City and

stop just passed the information kiosk on the right you will see a MDC sign on your left. If

you walk up that little hill and crawl over the little bluff then walk up the really steep hill to

your left you will end up right by the perche hole on the bluff. That lookout is far higher than

the one that the MDC built but its still on MDC land so you are free to go there.

I'm sure that didnt make sense but I tried! I enjoyed that lookout way before MDC built the

steps etc.

Lucy's Bar & Grill (McBaine)
Brian (RailstoRuin) on 04/27/2008 02:57 PM:
Not much more to add... a great place to take a break and get some hot food. And yes, the cheeseburgers are quite wonderful. $4.75 for a filling meal.

Lucy's Bar & Grill (McBaine)
Curt from Lincoln, NE on 09/25/2007 07:52 PM:
Thanks goodness for Lucy's. Nothing open between McKittrick and McBaine on a Tuesday. Stopped for a late lunch after several hours of gatoraide and gel pacs. I must have looked trashed out becuase they kept the cool water coming in buckets and the food service was quick.

EM from Milwaukee, WI on 04/22/2008 12:05 PM:
I concur. Lucy's is friendly and has good bar food and COLD macrobrews in bottles. They were open on a Monday! The restroom is minimalist but clean.

Anonymous on 04/22/2008 12:07 PM:
I also agree re Lucy's. I also think they have the best burgers of all the Bar & Grills along the Katy.