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Route Changed in Sedalia!!!

Just want to alert everyone to a recent route change in Sedalia. There are signs posted all over the trail about the change as well. Evidently the Sedalia/Pettis County Community Association has terminated their lease with Missouri Parks and have closed off a section of the trail through town. The trail has now been detoured over several miles on a hilly country road with traffic. We asked a Sedalia resident about it who said that the Association is hoping to entice new businesses to build in the area where the trail has been closed but that most residents know nothing will come of it. Sounds like some stupid politics to me. I'm very unhappy about this change and the shortsighted decision of the Community Association. Hopefully this can be resolved and a better route can be set up in the future.
posted Apr 30 2017 2:51PM - Blue Tapp, St. Charles, MO

fyi... I called the community group in Sedalia... they really are planning for the route change to be temporary while they improve trail access through that area... please be patient and dream of how cool the upgrades will be as they come hopefully sooner than later! Happy Trails! Don't let it stop you from hitting the Katy (and heading east to see us in Hartsburg!
posted May 2 2017 8:59PM - Sarah J Eber, Hartsburg

Sedalia is making America great again:


This is the other side of the railbanking law. They can take it back and use it for a railroad again.
posted May 3 2017 9:14AM - Trump, Washington D.C.

What road did they use, and how heavily traveled is it? I am going to be heading that way soon with my daughter. I dont want us to get run off the road by a driver that is tired of bikes on the road.
posted May 3 2017 9:52AM - Dave, OFallon

And here is a more recent article about Sedalia's efforts:
posted May 3 2017 11:05AM - Sarah, Hartsburg

Actually Sarah, that is an older article. The trail is now cutoff north of Boonville Avenue at Griessen Road. Like I said, trail advocates should be happy with what Sedalia is doing there as the railbanking law is working as it was intended.
posted May 3 2017 1:33PM - Trump, Washington D.C.

I would ignore the man posting from the swamp.
posted May 3 2017 2:35PM - cathy, Jefferson City

And it is confusing! Be sure to get a picture of the map posted on the trailhead board to go by! The roads are not super busy, but the markings fade away the further out you go. I got lost with my 6 year old, we had to turn around and get directions. Wasted a good 45 minutes on a 60 mile day.
posted Jun 14 2017 9:45AM - Barefoot4ever, Lake Ozark

Thanks Barefoot,

We will be riding Sedalia to Booneville on Saturday. Do you know if that map detail can be found online or just at the trailhead?
posted Jun 15 2017 7:10AM - Anonymous

Found the map:. https://mostateparks.com/advisory/64281/temporary-detour-sedalia-katy-trail-state-park

I wonder if taking Booneville St has less traffic?
posted Jun 15 2017 9:58AM - Anonymous

We rode the detour last Friday at 10 am. I'm not sure what all of the concern is about. The trail from the Depot was well marked. There were a few short hills but nothing unmanageable. Parts of the roads were narrow but there was little traffic. Plus the road was paved. A nice change from the gravel.
posted Jun 15 2017 2:51PM - Bill, Fort Worth TX

In my opinion, this is the easiest route:
* right on Griessen Rd
* left on Randall Rd (first intersection after leaving the trail)
* right on Boonville St
* left on Engineer
(try the new, authentic and yummy Mexican taqueria on Engineer, 1 block south of Boonville St, https://www.facebook.com/zalpa.stacruz/)
* right on 3rd St
* a few blocks and you're at the old MKT depot

You can follow 3rd St a few more blocks into downtown. Good restaurants there are Fitters 5th St Pub (has patio), Ivory Grille in the Hotel Bothwell (good breakfast every day, only open for lunch and dinner certain days, http://www.theivorygrille.com/breakfast/), and we have a new Craft Beer Cellar, https://www.facebook.com/cbcsedalia/.

Also, Pro-Velo, bike shop owned by Ebby Norman, is in downtown and he'll take good care of you. Closed Sunday & Monday.
posted Sep 23 2017 6:39PM - Beth, Sedalia

I should have stated the directions above are from the Griessen Rd (NE) trailhead, for riders coming in to Sedalia from the east.

Another new downtown restaurant has opened recently - Malone's Irish Pub, 404 S Ohio. Right across the street west from the courthouse square.
posted Oct 8 2017 10:17PM - Beth, Sedalia MO

Rode the trail through Sedalia in Oct 2017. The disconnect is a bit disappointing, zig-zagging through the edge of town and on into country. Cars travel fast on the narrow rural sections, lots of hills, but very scenic. Anyway..is the trail still disconnected in Sedalia?
posted Apr 5 2018 10:34AM - Jeff T, Oklahoma

This detour is still in place. I rode through it both ways over the weekend on a 200 mile round trip, and it definitely stands out as precarious compared to the rest of the KT.

You're on a hilly narrow country road for nearly 2 miles with no bike lane. I'd be surprised if there hasn't been an accident here yet because of the blind spots created by the hills. It wasn't very busy for me (only 3-4 cars total, each time through) but obviously traffic would fluctuate depending on time of day, etc. It was well-marked though, with signs at every intersection.
posted Apr 30 2018 2:30PM - Keith, Columbia

The description we read on the trailhead sign just before in Clifton City made it sound like the detour would be on residential streets in town for a few blocks. NOT SO!! We rode on paved roads for 2 or 3 miles, with no lane markings, no shoulder, rolling hills, a semi truck roaring through, and lots of cars. My wife and I did not feel safe riding into Sedalia with our 4 children - 2 on bikes, 1 on a tagalong, and 1 in Burley.

Avoid Sedalia from the East on the Katy Trail, especially if children are in your group.

posted May 7 2018 9:50PM - DJ, Iowa

So is it better going east from Sedalia to take Engineer to Boonville to Griessen? It seems like it would be safer than the official route and is suggested coming west, so hoping it isn't all uphill or very narrow leaving town.
posted May 9 2018 2:36PM - octandem, Orange County, CA

We are riding from Sedalia to Boonville Memorial Day weekend and going by google maps it's 2.7 miles from turning onto Engineer Rd to get to the trail via Griessen Rd. It says it is mostly flat and the road looks to be in good shape on street view. If you are going west to east it will be mostly downhill but a very slight one at that.....here is a link: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/300-398+N+Engineer+Ave,+Sedalia,+MO+65301/38.7230215,-93.2123791/38.7221342,-93.1783258/@38.7188697,-93.1958567,15z/data=!4m10!4m9!1m5!1m1!1s0x87c3843428681e21:0x31949e5700945288!2m2!1d-93.2132369!2d38.7105705!1m0!1m0!3e1!5m1!1e3?hl=en
posted May 17 2018 9:58AM - Maue Family, Belleville IL

I rode the new route through Sedalia last Wednesday around 3:30 from west to east. The instructions I got from the katy depot were clear and the route was well marked. East on 4th to left on Engineer till it ends then right to the trail entrance on the left. Engineer was plenty wide without a lot of traffic. And I didn't find the county road after Engineer to be a problem. No center line or any lines at all so no shoulder. But I didn't meet much traffic and only one vehicle at a time so they had plenty of room to move over. Same kind of county roads I ride every time I leave my house. A few rolling hills, but nothing big. Since it's paved I found it easier to pedal than the crushed limestone trail and I was self supported carrying 30# of gear. I prefer it to the old route.
posted May 17 2018 2:24PM - John Hutchins, Pacific MO

We rode the Sedalia route west to east at 9:30am and only saw 2 cars.
Seemed safe to us.
posted May 18 2018 4:50PM - PT

My husband and I haven't ridden this section of the trail in years, but decided to go yesterday afternoon. We "knew" the route so didn't consult anyone and got lost when the usual connection was not there. (A very nice local businessman even drove around and found the new route for us!!) We were not prepared for what we found....The asphalt was in good shape, but the drivers were scary! Had 5 vehicles pass us and did not give us much room even though we were all the way to the right. One guy in a jeep traveling the same direction passed so close he almost clipped my husband with the outside mirror! We had another one honk at us and we didn't feel safe or welcome on this strip of roadway. They would pop over the hills in the middle of the road and of the two vehicle coming the opposite way, neither bothered to move over, just came barreling through around 50 miles an hour. With so many safer parts of the trail to ride, we will not be returning to Sedalia.
posted Jul 31 2018 11:13AM - Tracy, Parkville

I think I will boycott business in Sedalia!!
posted Aug 3 2018 11:34AM - Gregory, Norman

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