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This hiking and bicycling trail is the nation’s longest developed rail-trail project...

Sunday, May 01, 2011 :: Staff infoZine

Katy Trail State Park Is Still a Favorite Trail

In the favorite trail category, Katy Trail, which runs 240 miles from Clinton to Machens in St. Charles County, was ranked as the favorite in the northwest, northeast, central and southwest region (although it is not located in the southwest region). This hiking and bicycling trail is the nation’s longest developed rail-trail project and is considered a national and international destination.

photo: Katy Trail State Park
Katy Trail State Park. Photo courtesy of Research and Innovative Technology Administration
The ranking as favorite trail in the state is the latest is a series of reasons for people to take advantage of all the trail has to offer. In 2010, the trail celebrated its 20th anniversary with events throughout the year. On April 2, the 11-mile section of the trail from St. Charles to Machens officially opened, completing the trail on the original corridor acquired in 1987. On April 8, a new pedestrian/bicycle lane officially opened on the Missouri River bridge at Jefferson City. The new lane makes it easier and safer for users of the trail to access Jefferson City .

“The Katy Trail State Park is one of Missouri ’s priceless treasures,” said Sara Parker Pauley, Director of the Department of Natural Resources. “The trail has become a national and international destination connecting people from many different walks of life. It was also one of the first inductees into the national Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. I am so fortunate to able to live next to this amazing trail and enjoy all that it has to offer.”

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