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How do I get to the Machens trail site by car? I am meeting someone who is didn't on the Katy trail & I'm not sure how to get there. Any help, please.
posted Apr 29 2011 2:41PM - Leslie

I was there two weeks ago. Drive to Machens from St Charles. It's on the map. Turn south on Machens Road towards the live railroad tracks., Once you cross them, veer to the left a short distance, the road bends right, and behind the tree line the trailhead will appear. There's no real parking lot. But the trailhead is fine- just like all the others. I hope that helps.
posted Apr 29 2011 11:53PM - brewdog54, Lebanon, IL

Where you turn south on Machens Road there are about two or three houses. The tracks are about 1/4 mile south. Watch for rail traffic as this BNSF RR crossing is not signaled with flashers or gates. Machens is essentially a junction point on railroad maps for where the MKT RR made connections with the Chicago Burlington & Quincy RR for trackage rights into St Louis.
posted Apr 30 2011 12:32AM - gene, Indiana

Any idea where one could leave a vehicle for 4 days near Machens?
posted May 13 2011 3:41PM - Anonymous

Anonymous, best bet is to leave your car in St. Charles and bike back toward Machens before heading west on the trail. What I do is park in Frontier Park in the City of St. Charles. However, you have to call the City of St. Charles police department to give them your automobile info, dates you will be there, etc. I usually tell them that I am parking on the parking lot right behind Country Inn & Suites Hotel in St. Charles as that borders on the trail. That lot could flood during a very severe flood from the Missouri River, so that is something else you may want to keep in mind.
posted May 15 2011 1:34PM - SteveK, saint louis, MO

I rode St. Charles to Machens yesterday. Luckily we did not attempt to try to meet the rest of the group by car in Machens. I didn't see a paved road nearby. Until there's more specific information, I'd advise rendevousing in St. Charles rather than wandering around the bottom roads unless you are a local.
posted Jun 23 2011 9:47AM - zbicyclist, Glenview, IL

Is there any parking at Machens trailhead? We would like to ride to St Charles and back after lunch to Machens.
posted Jun 23 2011 5:34PM - TomK, Arnold Mo

There is a small parking lot at Black Walnut(MM 30). No real parking at Machens(MM 27), and the other day, I noticed a stopped train blocking the entrance there, so don't count on being picked up there either assuming you can find the right road from Hwy 94.
posted Jun 25 2011 12:39AM - SteveK, saint louis, MO

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