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Hermann MO

Washington, MO near the Katy Trail

Population 13,243
Washington is not directly on the Katy Trail, but quite a few Katy travellers are drawn there by its close location, its quaint shops and many other businesses, and a riverfront bike path.  A recently-built bridge makes it easy to safely cross the river, separate from auto traffic.
Washington Missouri Visitors Information
Visit the "Wash MO on the Go" Welcome Center in the original Water Works building in Riverside Park; 1 Elbert Dr, 63090; 636-283-5019
Bike Shop
Revolution Cycles in Washington offers bike sales, service, and rentals. They also offer shuttle service between Washington and various points on the Katy Trail.

Getting To Washington

By trail: The shortest (3.4 miles) and probably safest way to Washington is via Augusta Bottom Road, which crosses the Katy Trail around mile 70.5. You can see it as the white line in the map below, running from the Katy Trail to just north of the bridge.
Augusta Bottom Road
Alternately, you could ride along highway 47 from Dutzow. For this 3.6 mile route route, take the highway that cuts through Dutzow (94) southwest.  Turn left at the intersection with highway 47, and follow highway 47 south to the bridge and Washington.  This section of hwy 47 has a gravel shoulder which may be appropriate for mountain bike or hybrids, depending on the rider's comfort and experience riding next to highways.  It is a 2-lane highway with a 55 MPH speed limit.
We recommend the Augusta Bottom route. Although it has no shoulder, Augusta Bottom has little or no traffic, and any traffic will be moving much more slowly than on highway 47.
By train: Amtrak's route across Missouri stops in Washington, and "roll on" bikes are allowed on this route.  See the Katy Trail Amtrak Guide for more details.
By car: From St Louis, take hwy 44 southwest to exit 251, which is hwy 100.  Head northwest on hwy 100 for 18 miles.  If you're coming from hwy 70, take exit 240, which is hwy 47.  Go south on hwy 47 for 25 miles.

Washington MO B&Bs
Washington MO Bike Shops