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Traverse the state of Missouri from historic Clinton to St. Charles along the 235-mile-long Katy Trail. This is a self-guided tour. You may pick any date in our itinerary date range to start your tour.
The Katy Trail meanders alongside the Missouri River in the shadows of towering limestone bluffs. The trail also passes though some of the world’s richest and most fertile farmland, legendary and upcoming wineries, quaint and historic towns loaded with history, antiques, and local flavors.
The Katy Trail is, at this moment, America’s longest completed rails-to-trails project at 225 miles. The Katy is also the longest public, non-motorized portion of the historic Lewis and Clark Trail. The Katy is part of the Missouri State Park system and is also the longest State Park in the Nation.
Relatively flat terrain and access to local towns and activities make the Trail the ideal location to cycle. The surface is a finely crushed limestone, so we recommend a hybrid, mountain, or gravel style bicycle. If using a road bike, use the widest tire your bike will accommodate.
This is a moderate, yet relaxing, ride through lush farmlands and small towns of rural Missouri. Cycle of Life Adventures offers the trip for those who are more comfortable on bike paths and rail trails.
This tour takes on flat trails with mileage ranging from 28 to 51 miles per day, giving you the opportunity to explore quiet trails of central Missouri at your pace.
This tour is a destination tour, starting in Clinton and ending in St Charles. You will experience the Midwest at its finest.
Links to some of our favorite stops
Drive to St Charles, Missouri – Shuttle pick up time 8am. You, your bike, and luggage will take a 3 hour shuttle service to Clinton, Missouri for the start of your tour.
Six nights lodging is included if you opt for a hotel package.
Meeting point, if driving, will be your starting hotel in St Charles.
These tours dates are for self-guided individuals.
Tour dates are only available in April and early May and the month of September.
You may be tempted to do a self-guided tour in the summer months, but beware. Missouri can be very hot and humid. If you have any intolerance to heat, that idea is strongly discouraged.
Orientation held by your luggage handler prior to tour start.
Shuttle to Clinton- Ride to Sedalia
37 miles, 933‘ elevation gain
Ride Sedalia to Booneville
37 miles, 1161‘ elevation gain
Ride Booneville to Jefferson City
51 miles, 1242 elevation gain
Ride Jefferson City to Hermann
48miles, 1379’ elevation gain
Ride Hermann to Augusta
37 miles, 1299’ elevation gain
Ride Augusta to St Charles
28 miles, 601’ elevation gain
- Shuttle Service from St Charles to Clinton.
- Luggage transfers each morning by 9am with delivery to your next Inn by 3pm.
- Maps, Ride with GPS routing.
- Inquiries are welcome for shuttle service only, no baggage or hotel accommodations.
- 12% gratuity for your luggage handlers.
- Mechanics- please bring your own bike in well working and well-maintained condition. You will need a small tool pack for flats and small repairs.
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