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Rocheport, east or west

We are planning on using the Rocheport trailhead for a day ride in a couple weeks. Perhaps 50 miles round trip. Any recommendations on going east or west with reguard to scenery, towns, food, etc? Thanks..
posted May 6 2008 3:53PM - Wayne, Wildwood

Rocheport to Hartsburg would be a nice ride for near 50 miles round trip.
posted May 6 2008 4:14PM - Trek

I second the advice by Trek. Several years ago my nephew and I took that ride (Rocheport to Hartsburg) on a cool October day and got a surprise when we pulled into Hartsburg .... they were having their annual Pumpkin Festival. It was quite colorful and fun to be there. If you go in a couple of weeks, and are interested in returning to see their fall event you might ask one of the merchants when this years festival will be.
posted May 6 2008 9:39PM - Grandpa Norm, Raymore, MO

One more vote for going east to Hartsburg. It is far and away the most scenic.
posted May 7 2008 11:31AM - trinjboro, Jonesboro, AR

One more vote for east to Hartsburg. The views of the river,the bluffs and same landmarks that Lewis & Clark saw are superb. Start your trip by going just far enough west to see the tunnel, but then do a 180 degree turn and head east!
posted May 7 2008 11:43AM - RiverBill0708, Jefferson City

The votes keep piling up for Rocheport to Hartsburg. I agree that it is about the single most beautiful 25 miles of the Trail....plus if Doty's is open - a great piece of pie at the halfway point.
posted May 7 2008 10:23PM - ElToro

I agree with all the others: Rocheport to Hartsburg. It's an easy ride and the scenery is great. My wife and I take this ride quite often. We usually start with breakfast at the Trialside Cafe and Bike Shop before the ride and then eat lunch in Hartsburg. We have lunch on the Patio at the Summit Hill Winery and then before we leave town we go to Dotties for a slice of pie. It's a great day trip. Have a fun!
posted May 8 2008 8:32AM - Cliff, Edwardsville KS

I agree with the others, Rocheport to Hartsburg. My wife and I take that ride quite often. We usually start with breakfast at the Bike Shop in Rocheport and then eat lunch on the patio at Summit Hill Winery. Before we leave town we go over to Dotties and have a slice of her famous pie. It's an easy ride and I think it is one of the most scenic sections of the trail. Have a great ride!
posted May 8 2008 8:37AM - Cliff, Edwardsville KS

Between New Franklin and Rocheport the Katy is known as "the desert" by many of the locals. Very little shade with nothing but crops on both sides of you for miles. It can be brutal on a hot day.

So another vote for Rocheport to Hartsburg, IMO, its the best part of the Katy.

posted May 8 2008 9:24AM - Paulie

The hills on the north side of the trail between New Franklin and Rocheport are sprackled with every color of green imaginable this time of year..just like they are with color in the fall.
posted May 9 2008 10:23AM - JD, GKC

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