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Camping along the Katy Trail.

Im getting ready to do the katy trail this week starting in St. charles. Does anyone know of additional camping? Also can you camp on sandbars on the missouri river? Any info regarding camping for free would be great. Just seems like there could be more info for those of us who like to rough it a little more then others.
posted May 25 2008 8:05PM - T.R., St. Louis

I hiked the entire trail last year, camped 90% of the time along the way. There is one RV park in St. Charles but they don't allow tents. I'd suggest going up the hill to a hotel when in good ole St. Chas. You'll find most of the campgrounds along the way priced anywhere from 7 to 12 dollars per night. I chose not to camp at the Traders in Wilton because it was just plain unkept and nasty. There is a small tent site on the trail just outside of Hartsburg in the Hart Conservation area. Nice place, extremely primitive, not for the faint at heart. All the other campgrounds were run by friendly people who take pride in their establishments. As far as sleeping on a sandbar two words: FLASH FLOOD. HYOH
posted May 26 2008 1:15AM - DougK, Troy

I might be a little late on this one, but “free camping” is available at Missouri Conservation areas. In addition, to Hart Creek mentioned above, you can also camp at the Davisdale Conservation Area near Rocheport. Locations per this website.

I have also camped at the Daniel Boone Conservation Area east of Hermann (it is an approx. 2 mile hike/bike up a very steep-in certain areas gravel road). The gravel road crosses the Katy near MM 97 (as I recall). There is a sign on Hwy 94 (94 parallels the Katy to the south in this area) at this gravel road turnoff, and I believe the Katy is close enough that you can see it from the trail, but you need to be looking for it. There are several camping sites in this area.

In general, what you get at these conservation areas, is some sort of fire pit, an old picnic table(if you are lucky), and a sign that says camping allowed.

I also know that there are a couple of conservation areas along the Missouri River in mid Missouri that allows boat in camping. It seems that could work with the Katy also, but I am not familiar with these areas.

Also, if you read the new “Captain America’s” blog mentioned below, he is hiking across the U.S. When he was on the Katy, he apparently camped at the trailhead in Mokane and the trailhead at McKittrick. This is illegal, but I am not sure if they really ticket people for doing this if they are caught.
posted May 27 2008 9:54AM - Big Foot, Henry County

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