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What do you suggest for a day or two

We will be in the St Charles - Jefferson City area and would like to take a day or two on the Katy trail. What area of the trail would you suggest that has the most interesting sites/good food/lodging? Thank You!
posted Aug 14 2010 11:17PM - Cordie, Byron

Based on previous threads (see 20 miles on the trail) many people like the Rocheport to Jefferson City section. The bluffs along the river are beautiful, and there's a couple of spots where you have wonderful views of the river. Cooper's Landing is also very interesting. Also check out comments about Marthasville, and Dutzow and Augusta, re: places to eat. I think if you go on this web site to a particular town you'll be able to see the comments about that area.
posted Aug 16 2010 9:55AM - Cathy, Jefferson City

I agree. I have ridden the Katy quite a bit, and the area from Jeff City to Rocheport is one of my favorites. Make sure you stop in Hartsburg, hopefully when Dotty's Cafe is open.
posted Aug 16 2010 2:42PM - kim, independence, mo

I agree! We are just starting to see more of the trail. Jefferson City
to Rochport is nice. We just rode from Herman to Jefferson City. The
scenery is okay. I did like Herman to Defiance!
posted Aug 28 2010 9:30PM - Robin, Jefferson City

The afore mentioned area is probably the most scenic section of the trail, but you might also consider the Sedalia to Booneville leg. This part of the trail goes through the Osage Hills (William Quantrill's favorite haunt, and later that of Jesse and Frank James).
posted Aug 30 2010 2:32PM - Mark, Columbia, MO

The trail and the bluffs from Rocheport to Hartsburg is my favorite part of the trail. Its closeest to the river and the bluffs are fantastic. We also have three spots to stop and eat and drink; The Big Muddy, The Hitching Post and Dottys. Please give us a try. We have two spots mentioned by Lewis and Clark which are great tourist spots.
posted Aug 31 2010 5:06PM - Michael Rodemeyer, Hartsburg

"We also have three spots to stop and eat and drink; The Big Muddy, The Hitching Post and Dottys."

Michael, which two of these three spots were there when Lewis and Clark came through? Or am I cornfused?
posted Aug 31 2010 10:37PM - The other brother, Jeff City, Mo.

Didn't someone named Dot travel with Lewis and Clark?
posted Sep 1 2010 12:24AM - Trek

It was DOG not dot. The two spots were: BULLS ROCK, south of town, easy to see from the river but not the trail. You can see them from a boat or by going to Native Stone Winery on Hwy 179. We also have the location where YORK was documented to have swam ashore to gather watercress for the explorers supper. The state sign is across the river and downstream from the Hartsburg Access. Bulls Rock had a native American symbol painted on the rock, a manitou, or devil, to warn enemies away. At any rate Hartsburg has many spots to visit or paint.
posted Sep 1 2010 2:18PM - Michael Rodemeyer, Hartsburg

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