Katy Trail Home  The Katy Trail and Rock Island Trail Rock Island Trail Home

Reply to News about the condition of the Katy Trail.

Scroll down to see the discussion
All submissions are reviewed for appropriateness. We reserve the right to remove or edit any comment that we consider incorrect, misleading, or inappropriate, at our sole discretion. Please remember that this is a family-friendly website.
Reply to News about the condition of the Katy Trail.
Your Name:

This does not have to be your real name. It could be a "screen name", your initials, or just leave blank.
Your Hometown:

Optional - it's just interesting to know where people are from
Email Address
So we know you are a human, please answer this easy math quiz:
5 + 2 =
Sam and Janice from Southwest Oklahoma on 8/5/2019 9:39:18 PM:
Katy Trail personnel - PLEASE POST THE CONDITION OF THE TRAIL AND THE EXACT LOCAIONS OF TRAIL CLOSURES!!! We just rode 150 fun miles on the trail, and the businesses were lamenting the lack of business and the reduced number of riders on the trail. After reading the comments in the forum, we headed for Missouri really unaware of the exact location of trail closures. The parts of the trail we rode were in great shape, and we were able to work around the trail closures; however, from comments of business owners, it is obvious many people are canceling their trips based on the lack of information. The trail is in great shape!!! Thank you!! AND....PLEASE POST THE EXACT LOCATIONS OF TRAILS CLOSURES.

Brian L. from Austin,Texas on 8/6/2019 7:29:02 AM:
Please don’t freak out. First of all, this website is not run by “Katy Trail personnel“ but by the (amazing) volunteer webmaster with contributions from forum participants. Second, right on the homepage of this website, there is a big notice explaining how to learn about trail closures, including a link to the Official Missouri State Park website page that has the specific mile markers where temporary closures occur. There is also a “Rider-reported trail conditions on the Katy Trail“ page here that provides additional input from trail riders. Give all that a look-see, and maybe contribute your own observations, too.

Anonymous on 8/6/2019 10:48:09 AM:
Do business owners post relevant information about the trail near them to make sure those that have booked with them have accurate information? Rhetorical question to a degree....I've seen first hand info here from Katy business owners. Maybe people cancel because of the trip in it's entirety and not just because of a specific location. How is it obvious to them that people are cancelling based on lack of information? Maybe people have cancelled because of information they've gotten here and on the DNR site. Personally, I have not ridden the Katy yet this year. That decision has been based on information and not the lack of.

johnnyjewel from COLUMBIA MO, on 8/10/2019 10:28:14 AM:
"the Official Missouri State Park website page that has the specific mile markers where temporary closures occur" Right. Checking today, August 10, I see that the last update was June 27, 2019. Two weeks is long enough to wait for another update. I am planning to ride the trail in late September, and I would like to see more regular updates.

Anonymous on 8/10/2019 2:21:09 PM:
And who better to make an updated trail report than some who lives so close as someone from Columbia?

Kathy M from Pittsburgh, PA on 8/12/2019 2:40:40 PM:
Sam & Janice - if you could possibly say which towns were the start and end of your 150 miles of good riding, that would be really helpful.

Gamagrass from Columbia on 8/15/2019 7:29:51 PM:
Ya this forum has a crowd sourced trail conditions section organized by location or MM. This is our best hope for more specific information. The State Park sites does post some relevant information but they must not have the staff or inclination or whatever to keep up on specific conditions. Thanks to the webmaster here for fairly recently adding the trail conditions section to this forum

Ray P from Chicago area on 8/17/2019 5:07:13 PM:
We just rode from Augusta to Portland over a three day period. We did it in day trips so there were a few sections we missed (Dutzow to Treloar were missed). No flooding and trail in good condition.

Sam and Janice from Southwest Oklahoma on 8/18/2019 4:36:34 PM:
Kathy from Pittsburgh...From McKittrick we rode 17 miles west. The trail was closed (we did not contact anyone to see if there was an easy detour because we were riding out and back and not concerned about getting through). We just rode back to McKittrick and east until we had 50 miles round trip for that day. The next day we rode east of McKittrick 25 miles and back for 50 miles that day. There WAS a short detour...no problem, and most of it was on an asphalt road with no traffic. The trail was great! We then travelled to Sedalia and rode 25 miles west to Calhoun and back for another 50 mile day...again, the trail was great! We were riding bikes with 700 X 28 tires.