If you’ve been thinking about buying a home in Jeff City or the surrounding area and want a safe and enjoyable place to ride your bike, you’re in luck! We have a trailhead just north of the river where you can ride your bike or just take a walk. It’s a mostly flat trail, so it’s great for people of all ages.
The “park” is actually a trail system that stretches 240 miles between Clinton, MO and Mathens, MO. The trail is built on the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad and features four fully restored railroad depots. When railroad operations stopped in 1986, Missouri State Parks acquired the land for the trail through an amendment to the National Trails Systems Act. Construction on the trail began in 1987 after a large donation by the Ted and Pat Jones who lived in Callaway County. There are 26 trailheads across the entire trail that provide parking, water, and restrooms.
I’ve gone out to enjoy the Katy trail many times and it’s a lot of fun to ride your bike and take in the scenery along the Missouri River. If you want to head west out of Jefferson City the trail will take you through Claysville and Hartsburg, MO which are some really neat small towns. The trail also will take you across several pony-truss, through-truss and trestle bridges along the entire route.