Camping along the katy
Greg from Galatia, IL. on 01/04/2009 09:36 PM:
Not to beat a dead "horse" but has anyone done the trail from sedalia to st. charles and camped the whole way? Looking to do 30 to 50 miles per day maybe a b&b in the middle. I've ridden the trail twice and have not noticed places to camp at the major stops/trailheads. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
DougK from Troy on 01/05/2009 06:43 AM:
I believe you can do it by bike as long as you don't have your heart set on an official "campground". There are towns like Windsor, Pilot Grove, Hartsburg, Marthasville, etc. along the way that permit camping in their city parks. Most have water/facilities available if you count gas stations and so on. You shouldn't have a problem if you use these in conjunction with "official" campgrounds such as the Katy Roundhouse, Steamboat Junction, etc. Use your imagination and you can put it together.
Trek on 01/05/2009 09:17 AM:
Nope....we haven't camped the trail between Sedalia to St. Chuck, but there are camping opportunities. From Sedalia to New Franklin (40 miles) the Katy Roundhouse campground is right on the trail. It's a nice stop and is clean and quiet.
On to Hartsburg (34 or so) there is a train caboose that you can stay in...make arrangements at Doty's Cafe across the street. And I've seen people camped in the city park here too...they may have been comando camping so you might ask first.
On to Hermann (52) you can camp in the city park. Hermann is always worth the trip for wine and good food.
On to Augusta (34) you can camp at Klondike Park....nice park but haven't camped there.
Don't forget the hostel in Tebbetts....kind of camping there, its shelter anyway. There are also numerous B&B's along the way from quiet country settings that are inexpensive to more pricey with all the extras.
ss5 from Saint Louis on 01/05/2009 11:01 AM:
FYI, I was in Klondike Park about a week ago, and they have a big sign up that you need to bring your own firewood (if you want a campfire). They do not sell it there, and apparently, previously they had supplied it for free. In addition, they do not allow you to gather wood from the surrounding woods. They do have a small camp kitchen by the shower house, which is nice feature. The camping sites are nice, even the basic sites had a nice picnic table and fire ring, but having to bring your own wood is a negative for me.
LInda Hunter from Sedalia on 01/06/2009 09:26 AM:
There is camping in Sedalia at the State Fairgrounds. It is just up the road ( roughly 1/4
mile) from the trailhead mile marker 229.9. For more information contact the State
Fairgrounds at 660-827-8150 or www.mostatefair.com
aev from memphis on 01/09/2009 09:10 AM:
just a note on the Hermann City Park. It is a nice campground but right next to the main drag through town which is quite loud. Also seems to be the local cruising spot so there were cars drving through by the site at all hours of the night. The campground is quite a ways into town and if you take the main road it is extremely hilly with no shoulder. I would recommend calling the tourist office to find an alternate flatter/less car-filled route.
Bicycleguy from St. Clair on 01/10/2009 05:01 PM:
This is how I biked the entire trail from St. Charles to Clinton last year in 5 days. I pulled a bike trailer with my equipment including a tent. The first night I stayed in Marthasville at the city park. I was the only one camping there. I pitched my tent next to a log cabin and was able to use the showers next to the ball park. Cost: $5. Next day, I rode to Tebbets and stayed at the Turner Hostile. You will want to pay your $5 fee ahead of time. Not a bad place and you are indoors. The next day I rode to New Franklin and I planned on staying at the Katy Roundhouse campground. However, a thunderstorm was moving in, so I rode into Boonevile and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express. The campground looked okay though. The next day I rode to Sedalia and stayed at the Fairgrounds. There are also showers there. The cost of that was $7, I believe. Then I rode the rest of the way to Clinton.
Baboo from Shawnee, KS on 03/16/2009 08:12 PM:
I have done this several times New Franklin (katy roundhouse) 1st night Hartsburg city park second night, Tebbets hostel 3rd night, Blufton 4 th night or go 10 miles further and use city park In Herman. Marthasville 5 night, Klondike park 6 th night. No days were over 40 miles.
Anonymous from Hawkpoint Mo on 04/18/2019 11:56 PM:
Just wanted to know if there is any camping allowed along the katty trail anywhere,?,
For longer trips,?,
mike shepherd from Springfield Mo on 04/24/2019 02:36 PM:
Has anyone compiled a list of Campsites that allow campfires along the trail?
Katy Trail Sedalia Detour
CurtM from Fort Worth TX on 05/22/2018 10:17 PM:
I rode the Katy end to end 13-16 May; a great trip. To be honest, the detour at Sedalia is a non-issue. In fact, similar to other comments, it was a nice break from the trail. I ride Fort Worth streets nearly every day, and find traffic to be part of the deal. While it's true the detour has vehicle traffic and there is no shoulder on the road, riding in single file as far to the right as is possible is plenty safe.
k b on 07/05/2018 06:15 PM:
thanks for the information ill be taking the amtrack in Sedalia in oct
SpinmasterChip from Bella Vista, Ark. on 07/06/2018 10:09 AM:
We finished our Jeff City to Sedalia ride yesterday and the detour was fine other than it was 97 degrees on blacktop roads. HOT!!! But no issues at all and the detour is well marked all the way back to the Sedalia Depot.
Nicole & Dave from Dardenne Prairie, MO on 08/22/2018 05:41 PM:
Completely agree on the detour. There is a map right at the trailhead, signs are posted on the street and there are biking/KT marks painted on the city streets. No issues at all finding the connection to the Katy Trail on the other end. We rode from Sedalia to Rocheport earlier this week (Aug. 18, 2018)
Route Changed in Sedalia!!!
Blue Tapp from St. Charles, MO on 04/30/2017 02:51 PM:
Just want to alert everyone to a recent route change in Sedalia. There are signs posted all over the trail about the change as well. Evidently the Sedalia/Pettis County Community Association has terminated their lease with Missouri Parks and have closed off a section of the trail through town. The trail has now been detoured over several miles on a hilly country road with traffic. We asked a Sedalia resident about it who said that the Association is hoping to entice new businesses to build in the area where the trail has been closed but that most residents know nothing will come of it. Sounds like some stupid politics to me. I'm very unhappy about this change and the shortsighted decision of the Community Association. Hopefully this can be resolved and a better route can be set up in the future.
Sarah J Eber from Hartsburg on 05/02/2017 08:59 PM:
fyi... I called the community group in Sedalia... they really are planning for the route change to be temporary while they improve trail access through that area... please be patient and dream of how cool the upgrades will be as they come hopefully sooner than later! Happy Trails! Don't let it stop you from hitting the Katy (and heading east to see us in Hartsburg!
Trump from Washington D.C. on 05/03/2017 09:14 AM:
Sedalia is making America great again:
This is the other side of the railbanking law. They can take it back and use it for a railroad again.
Dave from OFallon on 05/03/2017 09:52 AM:
What road did they use, and how heavily traveled is it? I am going to be heading that way soon with my daughter. I dont want us to get run off the road by a driver that is tired of bikes on the road.
Sarah from Hartsburg on 05/03/2017 11:05 AM:
And here is a more recent article about Sedalia's efforts:
Trump from Washington D.C. on 05/03/2017 01:33 PM:
Actually Sarah, that is an older article. The trail is now cutoff north of Boonville Avenue at Griessen Road. Like I said, trail advocates should be happy with what Sedalia is doing there as the railbanking law is working as it was intended.
cathy from Jefferson City on 05/03/2017 02:35 PM:
I would ignore the man posting from the swamp.
Barefoot4ever from Lake Ozark on 06/14/2017 09:45 AM:
And it is confusing! Be sure to get a picture of the map posted on the trailhead board to go by! The roads are not super busy, but the markings fade away the further out you go. I got lost with my 6 year old, we had to turn around and get directions. Wasted a good 45 minutes on a 60 mile day.
Anonymous on 06/15/2017 07:10 AM:
We will be riding Sedalia to Booneville on Saturday. Do you know if that map detail can be found online or just at the trailhead?
Anonymous on 06/15/2017 09:58 AM:
Found the map:. https://mostateparks.com/advisory/64281/temporary-detour-sedalia-katy-trail-state-park
I wonder if taking Booneville St has less traffic?
Bill from Fort Worth TX on 06/15/2017 02:51 PM:
We rode the detour last Friday at 10 am. I'm not sure what all of the concern is about. The trail from the Depot was well marked. There were a few short hills but nothing unmanageable. Parts of the roads were narrow but there was little traffic. Plus the road was paved. A nice change from the gravel.
Beth from Sedalia on 09/23/2017 06:39 PM:
In my opinion, this is the easiest route:
* right on Griessen Rd
* left on Randall Rd (first intersection after leaving the trail)
* right on Boonville St
* left on Engineer
(try the new, authentic and yummy Mexican taqueria on Engineer, 1 block south of Boonville St, https://www.facebook.com/zalpa.stacruz/)
* right on 3rd St
* a few blocks and you're at the old MKT depot
You can follow 3rd St a few more blocks into downtown. Good restaurants there are Fitters 5th St Pub (has patio), Ivory Grille in the Hotel Bothwell (good breakfast every day, only open for lunch and dinner certain days, http://www.theivorygrille.com/breakfast/), and we have a new Craft Beer Cellar, https://www.facebook.com/cbcsedalia/.
Also, Pro-Velo, bike shop owned by Ebby Norman, is in downtown and he'll take good care of you. Closed Sunday & Monday.
Beth from Sedalia MO on 10/08/2017 10:17 PM:
I should have stated the directions above are from the Griessen Rd (NE) trailhead, for riders coming in to Sedalia from the east.
Another new downtown restaurant has opened recently - Malone's Irish Pub, 404 S Ohio. Right across the street west from the courthouse square.
Jeff T from Oklahoma on 04/05/2018 10:34 AM:
Rode the trail through Sedalia in Oct 2017. The disconnect is a bit disappointing, zig-zagging through the edge of town and on into country. Cars travel fast on the narrow rural sections, lots of hills, but very scenic. Anyway..is the trail still disconnected in Sedalia?
Keith from Columbia on 04/30/2018 02:30 PM:
This detour is still in place. I rode through it both ways over the weekend on a 200 mile round trip, and it definitely stands out as precarious compared to the rest of the KT.
You're on a hilly narrow country road for nearly 2 miles with no bike lane. I'd be surprised if there hasn't been an accident here yet because of the blind spots created by the hills. It wasn't very busy for me (only 3-4 cars total, each time through) but obviously traffic would fluctuate depending on time of day, etc. It was well-marked though, with signs at every intersection.
DJ from Iowa on 05/07/2018 09:50 PM:
The description we read on the trailhead sign just before in Clifton City made it sound like the detour would be on residential streets in town for a few blocks. NOT SO!! We rode on paved roads for 2 or 3 miles, with no lane markings, no shoulder, rolling hills, a semi truck roaring through, and lots of cars. My wife and I did not feel safe riding into Sedalia with our 4 children - 2 on bikes, 1 on a tagalong, and 1 in Burley.
Avoid Sedalia from the East on the Katy Trail, especially if children are in your group.
Sedali, PLEASE FIX THIS!!!
octandem from Orange County, CA on 05/09/2018 02:36 PM:
So is it better going east from Sedalia to take Engineer to Boonville to Griessen? It seems like it would be safer than the official route and is suggested coming west, so hoping it isn't all uphill or very narrow leaving town.
Maue Family from Belleville IL on 05/17/2018 09:58 AM:
We are riding from Sedalia to Boonville Memorial Day weekend and going by google maps it's 2.7 miles from turning onto Engineer Rd to get to the trail via Griessen Rd. It says it is mostly flat and the road looks to be in good shape on street view. If you are going west to east it will be mostly downhill but a very slight one at that.....here is a link: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/300-398+N+Engineer+Ave,+Sedalia,+MO+65301/38.7230215,-93.2123791/38.7221342,-email@example.com,-93.1958567,15z/data=!4m10!4m9!1m5!1m1!1s0x87c3843428681e21:0x31949e5700945288!2m2!1d-93.2132369!2d38.7105705!1m0!1m0!3e1!5m1!1e3?hl=en
John Hutchins from Pacific MO on 05/17/2018 02:24 PM:
I rode the new route through Sedalia last Wednesday around 3:30 from west to east. The instructions I got from the katy depot were clear and the route was well marked. East on 4th to left on Engineer till it ends then right to the trail entrance on the left. Engineer was plenty wide without a lot of traffic. And I didn't find the county road after Engineer to be a problem. No center line or any lines at all so no shoulder. But I didn't meet much traffic and only one vehicle at a time so they had plenty of room to move over. Same kind of county roads I ride every time I leave my house. A few rolling hills, but nothing big. Since it's paved I found it easier to pedal than the crushed limestone trail and I was self supported carrying 30# of gear. I prefer it to the old route.
PT on 05/18/2018 04:50 PM:
We rode the Sedalia route west to east at 9:30am and only saw 2 cars.
Seemed safe to us.
Tracy from Parkville on 07/31/2018 11:13 AM:
My husband and I haven't ridden this section of the trail in years, but decided to go yesterday afternoon. We "knew" the route so didn't consult anyone and got lost when the usual connection was not there. (A very nice local businessman even drove around and found the new route for us!!) We were not prepared for what we found....The asphalt was in good shape, but the drivers were scary! Had 5 vehicles pass us and did not give us much room even though we were all the way to the right. One guy in a jeep traveling the same direction passed so close he almost clipped my husband with the outside mirror! We had another one honk at us and we didn't feel safe or welcome on this strip of roadway. They would pop over the hills in the middle of the road and of the two vehicle coming the opposite way, neither bothered to move over, just came barreling through around 50 miles an hour. With so many safer parts of the trail to ride, we will not be returning to Sedalia.
Gregory from Norman on 08/03/2018 11:34 AM:
I think I will boycott business in Sedalia!!
Sedalia - enter from East with caution!
DJ from Iowa on 05/07/2018 09:58 PM:
Families with young cyclists beware!! The description we read on the trailhead sign just before in Clifton City made it sound like the detour would be on residential streets in town for a few blocks. NOT SO!! We rode on paved roads for 2 or 3 miles, with no lane markings, no shoulder, rolling hills, a semi truck roaring through, and lots of cars. My wife and I did not feel safe riding into Sedalia with our 4 children - 2 on bikes, 1 on a tagalong, and 1 in Burley.
Avoid Sedalia from the East on the Katy Trail, especially if children are in your group.
Sedali, PLEASE FIX THIS!!!
Denise and Mike from Lees Summit MO on 11/02/2017 12:21 PM:
We stopped at the new bike shop in the Sedalia Depot. The guys were very helpful, even calling another bike store for an item they did not have in stock. The sent us to Fitters on Fifth for lunch. Fittes was a little off of the trail but we had the Buffalo Wrap and it was excellent. The service was also very good. The guys also assured that we new the way through Sedalia on the trail.
The trail through Sedalia remains the most disappointing part of the Katy.