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I rode the Katy last year from Clinton to St. Charles and really had a difficult time finding any decent places to camp along the way, aside from just plopping down on the side of the trail somewhere. The first night I stayed in Huntsdale (which was 'ok') and the second night, which I had planned to stay in Hermann, was shot down due to no more camping available. I'm considering staying at the hostile listed in the guidebooks (would love some feedback on that place) but I would love any other suggestions anyone has for a mtn biker doing this ride in 2-3 days with a tent and a bag. Thanks!
posted Sep 28 2008 11:59PM - Jason, Overland Park

First of all I think camping and a two day trip would be next to impossible. If you are by yourself you may consider just sleeping on the many benches along the trail.
posted Sep 29 2008 12:52PM - Paul, St. Louis

I stayed at the hostel in Tebbetts last week. It's $5/night and was
great. We were the only people there. Had hot showers and restrooms
and was only a block (if even that) from the trail. I would
definitely stay there again.
posted Sep 29 2008 4:20PM - Ryan, Joplin

Hartsburg has a place to camp free in Volunteer Park in the downtown next to the Gazebo. If there are several riders you can make arrangements to stay in the Lions Park at the baseball field. The MKT Trail bathrooms are close to the Gazebo and the ball park has its own facilities.
posted Sep 29 2008 8:11PM - michael rodemeyer, Hartsburg

Thanks for the advice. The hostile was definitely a consideration and would put me on pace to finish in 2 days if possible. This is my 'gut check' trip to see how fast I can do it. If all goes well, I'll be hitching a ride back to Hermann to get my drink on as a reward when I'm finished, lol.

I'll be on the trail the weekend of Oct 18th, so if any of you run across a guy having a great time, enjoying the scenery......that probably won't be me. I'll be the guy on the blue trek mtn bike with the Salomon pack on and complaining of my ridiculously sore butt, lol!!

Anyone know how strict they are on making reservations for the hostile in advance?
posted Sep 30 2008 11:35PM - Jason, Overland Park

Tags: Clinton, St Charles, Tebbetts, Hartsburg, Huntsdale, Hermann, Benches, Volunteer Park, Turner Katy Trail Shelter Hostel, Camping, Restrooms, Route Suggestions, Other Trails, Running Modify Tags

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