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The Ultimate Katy Trail Map

Posted On June 29, 2016 at 4:32 pm by / Comments Off on The Ultimate Katy Trail Map

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If you search “top bike trails” you’ll find that the Katy Trail makes the list every time.

And for good reason – the 240 mile bike path winds through some of most beautiful Missouri country side you’ll ever see. It was the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, and runs along the Missouri River for the better part of the trail. The trail is made from crushed limestone and makes for a comfortable ride, even on the hottest Missouri day. I recently had the opportunity to bike the Katy Trail on behalf of 50 Campfires, and I can honestly say that I’ve never felt more comfortable anywhere else in the country.

The trail runs through so many charming small towns that I lost count. Everyone is glad to see you, and everyone is happy to help you out and answer any questions you have. Whether you’re biking 24 miles or 240 miles, you are instantly welcomed by the “Katy Trail Community,” which is full of bikers from all around the world. I met more interesting people in six days than I usually meet in a year. I sincerely hope to make it back with my wife, as I know she would also fall in love with the Katy Trail.

I am addicted to Google Maps, and noticed that there wasn’t a Katy Trail Map that includes all of the points of interest in one convenient place. When I got home I decided that a photo essay and a solid map would be the best way I could help to promote the Katy Trail. Feel free to enter your favorite stops along the way. I’ll be able two approve them within two business days, and I honestly hope you get a chance to visit Missouri and hop on a bike.

Here are a few of my favorite pics from my Katy Trail adventure!

 

St Charles is full of old world charm.

St Charles is the first city on the Katy Trail, and is full of old world charm.

Cobblestone streets. Bad for cars. Great for pictures.

Cobblestone streets. Bad for cars. Great for pictures.

One of the many historic buildings in St Charles. "They don't make em' like they used to" certainly applies here. Look at how perfect those joints are after 200 years.

One of the many historic buildings in St Charles. “They don’t make em’ like they used to” certainly applies here. Look at how perfect those joints are after 200 years.

This just made me happy so I had to take a pic.

This piano at the Bike Stop Cafe in St Charles just made me happy so I had to take a pic.

The infamous peanut butter balls at the Bike Stop Cafe. They're GREAT. I tried everything short of a headlock to get the recipe from Jodi and she wouldn't budge. Sorry. You'll have to get there and eat one.

The infamous peanut butter balls at the Bike Stop Cafe. They’re GREAT. I tried everything short of a headlock to get the recipe from Jodi and she wouldn’t budge. Sorry. You’ll have to get there and eat one.

And it was on to Augusta! I stayed at The Conservatory B&B and loved it. Quaint, quiet, and Randall had a bottle of wine waiting for me in the fridge. Well played Randall.

And it was on to Augusta! I stayed at The Conservatory B&B and loved it. Quaint, quiet, and Randall had a bottle of wine waiting for me in the fridge. Well played Randall.

I grew up in the country, so I just love big open fields like this. From parts of the trail you could see forever.

I grew up in the country, so I just love big open fields like this. From parts of the trail you could see forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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