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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

Stone Hill Winery

Mighty-Mo

Jefferson City

Nps

Travel

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.

Accommodations

Six nights lodging included.

Special Note

Meeting point, if driving, will be your starting hotel in St Charles.

These tours dates are for self-guided individuals.

Tour dates are available from April 1-November 1, 2024. We recommend choosing dates between April 1-May 15 and September 1-30 for optimal travel and weather.

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.

You must call the service shuttle to see if space is available if bringing a tricycle.

Orientation held by your luggage handler prior to tour start.

Itineraries

Day 1

Shuttle to Clinton- Ride to Sedalia

37 miles, 933‘ elevation gain

Day 2

Ride Sedalia to Booneville

37 miles, 1161‘ elevation gain

Day 3

Ride Booneville to Jefferson City

51 miles, 1242 elevation gain

Day 4

Ride Jefferson City to Hermann

48miles, 1379’ elevation gain

Day 5

Ride Hermann to Augusta

37 miles, 1299’ elevation gain

Day 6

Ride Augusta to St Charles

28 miles, 601’ elevation gain

Included

  • 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.
  • Six nights of hotel accommodations

Not Included

  • Airfare.
  • Souvenirs.
  • 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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