Rock Island Trail on track for transfer to MO State Parks in 2017 | Lake News

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A 144-mile stretch of the former Rock Island rail line from Windsor to Beaufort is on track to be transferred to the State of Missouri from Ameren by the end of 2017 for future development as a hiking and biking trail.

Once developed, Rock Island Trail State Park will offer hikers and cyclists an opportunity to experience beautiful scenery and landscapes and further strengthen Missouri's outdoor economy, including through the Lake area as the line passes through Stover, Versailles and Eldon.

Gov. Jay Nixon joined Ameren in making the announcement early this week and noted that attendance at Missouri State Parks surpassed 20 million visitors for the first time in history, meeting the goal he set when he first took office in 2009.

"This new trail will bolster Missouri's position as the nation's premier hiking and biking destination - and strengthen local economies all along its path," said Nixon. "I want to thank Ameren for its outstanding corporate citizenship and for partnering with us to create a new outdoor asset that Missouri families and visitors to the Show-Me State will enjoy for generations to come."

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