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LR from O.P.,KS on 4/23/2005 3:10:30 PM:
I see lots of info on what to bring and where to stay/eat. Anybody have any info on particularly scenic or interesting segments of the tail between St. Charles and Hermann? We especially enjoy trees , scenic overlooks, historic sites...? Any place we shouldn't miss?

Ray (webmaster) on 4/25/2005 9:46:12 AM:
If you're looking for trees, probably the most heavily wooded section of the trail between St Charles & Hermann is just east of the Weldon Spring trailhead. Nice views of the river too, and a nature walk trail at mile 53.5.

There are no scenic overlooks - where there are bluffs along the Katy Trail, the trail runs along the *bottom* of the bluff. But if you want a nice view from high up, ride up and across the Page Avenue Bridge at mile 42.8 in St Charles. Nice bridge, great river view.

For historic sites, here's a general list of "points of interest". Within this list you'll find historic sites and similar places.

MC from Augusta on 6/24/2005 12:15:39 AM:
Between Matson and Augusta is the new Klondike Park. Take a hike up the hill behind the warden office for a wonderful view of the MO River and the river valley. (The hill will take some effort).

Doug & Victoria from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 6/26/2005 1:14:02 PM:
For the best view we saw on the entire 200 mile trip, be sure to hit the A Frame Wine Garden at the top of the bluffs at Les Bourgeois Winery! It is a somewhat steep hike from the Katy Trail just east of Rocheport. It is marked and even has a bike rack. The view of the Missouri was AMAZING and the food great! It is more like a picnic place so you could even take your own food and get some of their wines but their "picnic for two " at $7 was a bargain.

Trek Biker from St. Joseph, MO on 6/27/2005 11:04:12 AM:
As I recall there is sign posted at the A-frame stating that food and drink brought in is NOT allowed.....so I wouldn't count on bringing your picnic basket!

It is a very beautiful view from the A-frame and from the restaurant. And very good food at the restaurant....you just can't beat the seafood pasta for lunch at around 10 bucks.

We enjoy looking waaaayyyyy to the west from the deck at the A-frame to the water tower at Booneville....it's a good vantage point to see how far you've just ridden.

From your posts, you had a good ride....thanks for sharing your insight with the rest of us....and come back sometime.....that view is even better in the Fall!

See ya on the trail!

Doug & Victoria from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 6/28/2005 2:29:43 PM:
We had a GREAT ride!
Before I posted about taking your own food I called the A Frame and asked if it was OK to post what I did. They were fine with me saying you could bring food just not your own drinks.