Katy Trail – The Longest Rails-to-Trails in USA

Katy trail was a former Missouri – Kansas – Texas railroad, 240 miles (390 km), between Machens and Clinton at Missouri. It offers opportunities for cycling, walking and running. Passing through some of Missouri’s most scenic areas, Katy trail is a place to enjoy the beautiful nature with Missouri River. In 2008, Katy Trail was added to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame, and is part of the American Discovery Trail, as a Millennium Legacy Trail.

We often bicycle and walk on Katy Trail. Vitamin D has kept us healthy during pandemic time. The sunshine has given us benefits both physically and mentally.

Rocheport, where we often visit, is often called Scenic Gateway to the Katy Trail. It is right in the heart of Missouri, with just two hours away from both Kansas City and St. Louis. The small town offers history, great bicycle and walking experience, restaurants, shops and more.

On June 7, 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the area of Rocheport, Missouri. Clark noted this area in his journal:

“. . . a Short distance above the mouth of [a] Creek, is Several Courious paintings and carving on the projecting rock of Limestone inlade with white red & blue flint, of a verry good quallity, the Indians have taken of this flint great quantities. We landed at this Inscription and found it a Den of Rattle Snakes, we had not landed 3 Minites before three verry large Snakes was observed on the Crevises of the rocks & killed . . .”

This history is referred from National Park Service website.


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