Hit the Trail & Ride the Rail

Explore everything the Katy Trail has to offer.

Explore the Trail

Katy Trail State Park is the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S. The flat, 240-mile trail is open for hiking, running, walking and bicycling through Missouri countryside. Many wineries, restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, motels, campgrounds and shopping opportunities are located along its length. Missouri State Parks require the practice of social distancing.

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Stops Along the Rail

A mom and two kids looking at toys in a shop in Washington, Missouri.

Washington

Take a (short) detour from the Katy Trail to discover Washington. This four-mile trek will grant you more than lush scenery and river views, you’ll also find yourself in the vicinity of 40+ vineyards. Washington is known as the “heart” of wine country and has a food scene to match. After you’re done sampling varietals, sample some local culture at one of the town’s many art galleries.

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Three guests at a wine tasting room in Hermann, Missouri.

Hermann

Willkommen to Hermann, a picturesque town with a distinctly German flavor! A popular stop along the Katy Trail, you’ll find tasty eats, wineries, outdoor adventures, unique boutiques filled with treasures and a history tied to its German settlers and founders.

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Three friends walking through the historic downtown of Jefferson City, Missouri.

Jefferson City

Beautiful river landscapes and tree-lined bluffs are only part of what won Jefferson City’s title as “America’s Most Beautiful Small Town.” Missouri’s capital boasts stunning historic architecture and countless family attractions and museums. Be sure to carve out some time to sample the bustling food and drink scene and to peruse some of the local shops.

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A group of cyclists crossing the train tracks in Sedalia, Missouri.

Sedalia

Home of the Missouri State Fair and the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Sedalia offers outdoor adventure and a calendar chock-full of fun events. Set aside some time to visit the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art and be sure to stop by some of the local restaurants—from the one-of-a-kind “Gooberburger” to the town’s famous BBQ, you’ll want to come hungry.

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Ride the Rail

All aboard the Missouri River Runner! To explore bike-friendly communities along the Katy Trail, hop on Amtrak and bring your bicycle along for the ride. Masks are required to ride with Amtrak.

Amtrak and Amtrak Midwest are service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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