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Is east end of KATY trail safe? Looks close to so-so parts of St. Louis.
posted Dec 4 2018 10:10AM - David Menges, Denver

It's very safe. St Charles is very much suburbia and new development, with a little bit of old small town flavor still remaining. And the remainder of the trail east of St Charles is farmland.

You'd have to go across the river and several miles to find a "sketchy" part of town.

As an aside, one of my favorite non-Katy rides is the St Louis Riverfront Trail, which definitely goes through some sketchy parts of town but I've never felt unsafe there. I ride it in the morning, there are other cyclists around, no big deal.

Happy trails!
posted Dec 4 2018 10:22AM - Ray (webmaster)

Like Ray said, the Katy Trail is far from the bad areas of St. Louis. In fact the only part of the Katy Trail that might be sketchy at all is a short section in Sedalia.

I also ride on the St. Louis Riverfront Trail occasionally but usually in a group.

Unfortunately it's not safe to park a car at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge for any length of time. Break-ins happen all to often.
posted Dec 4 2018 4:02PM - Jerry Whittle, Belleville Illinois

And there's that little section that goes past the casino in Boonville. We all know what type of characters frequent casinos. Right in the middle, the tunnel is Rocheport has to be so-so too. And all of those tree covered sections along the bluffs. Used to be a thing for Indians ya know. Hide up on the bluffs and ambush the unsuspecting on the trail below.

All that aside. Seriously David Menges, Denver?? If you did know where the scary "so-so parts of St. Louis" were, wouldn't you know that Katy wasn't even near them?

What does that even mean anyway? So-so parts?
posted Dec 4 2018 4:39PM - Anonymous

Kidding! He's Kidding!
Boonville and Rochport Tunnel have been safe!
I ride them all the time!

Could something happen on the Katy Trail.....sure....just like anywhere else on Earth. All In All Katy Trail is a very safe place to ride or walk or.....
posted Dec 5 2018 9:19AM - Marna, Boonville

Kidding! He's Kidding!
Boonville and Rochport Tunnel have been safe!
I ride them all the time!

Could something happen on the Katy Trail.....sure....just like anywhere else on Earth. All In All Katy Trail is a very safe place to ride or walk or.....
posted Dec 5 2018 9:19AM - Marna, Boonville

Thanks for your respectful & informative answers, Ray & Jerry. David, as an out-of-stater, your question is legitimate and you're perfectly right to include safety concerns in planning your bike tour.
posted Dec 5 2018 10:57AM - Brian L., Austin, Texas

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