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Katy Trail side trails

The Katy Trail offers 237 miles of amazing natural scenery and quaint small towns, but that's just the beginning.  You can expand your trip even farther by following one of the many side trails that connect to the Katy Trail.  They are listed below, from east to west. 

Creve Coeur Park Connector - Missouri River Crossing

St Charles to Maryland Heights
Mile 42.8
Length: 3.6 miles
Surface: Paved

This trail offers a very nice crossing of the Missouri River on the Page Avenue bridge, and links up with the trail system in Creve Coeur Park.  Click the following link for more information on the connector trail, and Creve Coeur Park.
Page Avenue Bridge crossing

Centennial Trail

St Charles to St Peters
Mile 42.8
Length: 2.2 miles
Surface: Paved

This trail follows 364 from the Page Avenue bridge to Heritage Park and the Heritage Museum.  The museum, which is open 10-6 Wed-Sat and noon-5 Sundays, covers St Charles County history.

Highway 64 and Chesterfield Monarch Levee Trail

St Charles / Weldon Spring
Mile 51.3
Length: 12 miles miles
Surface: Paved

A separated passageway carries cyclists and pedestrians across the highway 64 bridge, connecting with Chesterfield's 11-mile long Monarch Levee Trail.

Map and details: Monarch Levee Trail and Missouri River crossing to Katy Trail

Missouri Research Park Connector

St Charles / Weldon Spring
Mile 52.1
Length: 3/4 mile
Surface: Paved

This connector trail follows a creek through a scenic wooded area, including a nice boardwalk.  The north end of the connector is a small trail parking lot, located in the Missouri Research Park office park.  This is the closest parking to I-64; follow this link for directions to the Missouri Research Park / Katy Trail connector.
Missouri Research Park / Katy Trail connector

Weldon Spring Hollow Nature Area

Weldon Spring
Mile 53.5
Surface: Dirt

This nature hike is a foot path only - not wide enough for bikes.

Hamburg Trail

Weldon Spring
Mile 56.7
Length: 8 miles
Surface: Crushed gravel

This path leads to the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center, and Busch Wildlife Area.  The Interpretive Center is the site of a former uranium processing plant, which has been safely sealed inside a massive 75-foot high concrete "cell."  You can climb to a viewing platform atop the cell, for an expansive view of the area.

The Hamburg Trail is 1/3 mile west of the Weldon Spring Trailhead.
Hamburg Trail Map

Lost Valley

Weldon Spring
Access from Hamburg Trail, mile 56.7 (see above)
Length: 8 mile loop
Surface: Some dirt, some gravel

This mountain bike trail is perfect for beginner and intermediate riders.  It has many flat sections and a good long downhill.

More about Lost Valley Trail

Matson Hill Trail

Mile 60.6
Length: 3 miles
Surface: Dirt

This singletrack mountain bike trail is wooded and hilly.  From the Matson trailhead, take the gravel road northwest out of the lot up the steep hill about 1 mile to Matson Hill Road, which is paved. Go right onto Matson Hill Road approximately 1/2 mile to Matson Hill Park on the left (north) side of the road.

More about Matson Hill Trail

Klondike Park

Two access points between Matson and Augusta - at Klondike sign (mile 64.1) or boat ramp (around mile 63.5)
Surface: Dirt

This 250 acre jewel has several miles of new trails which are a favorite among local riders.  Most trails are technical and some MTB expertise is necessary.

More info on Klondike Trail

North Jefferson Spur

North Jefferson City
Mile 143.2
Length: 1 mile

This short side trail leads to a pavilion. 
Map of North Jefferson trailhead and spur trail

MKT Nature and Fitness Trail

McBaine to Columbia
Mile 169.9
Length: 8.9 miles
Surface: Crushed gravel

MKT Trail southwest of Columbia
MKT Trail southwest of Columbia Photo: Jack Chipley
More Photos by Jack Chipley
This trail takes you right to the heart of the University of Missouri in Columbia, by way of wetlands and wooded areas.  There is a lake about two miles from the Katy Trail.
The MKT Trail connects with the Katy Trail about 1/4 mile west of McBaine.
Very nice map of MKT trail (pdf)

Rock Island Spur

Mile: 248
Length: 47 miles (and expanding to much longer)
Surface: Crushed gravel

The Rock Island Trail crosses the Katy Trail at Windsor. It currently extends 47 miles northwest to Pleasant Hill, with plans for further expansion into the suburbs of Kansas City. Heading east, the trail will cross most of the state to the south of the Missouri River.

Future Connections

St. Peters

The Great Rivers Greenway District is planning an extension west into St Peters, from the area where the Creve Coeur Park connector joins from the east.  It's only in the planning stage now; opening is still a year or two away.

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