Missouri must say yes to Rock Island trail project | The Kansas City Star

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Opportunities like the 144-mile Rock Island Trail don’t come along very often. Missouri should seize this one.

The Ameren power company has offered to donate a stretch of rail line to the state of Missouri for use as a hike and bike trail. The trail stretches from Windsor in western Missouri to Beaufort in the eastern part of the state.

Once this span is paired with the Katy Trail, Missourians could enjoy a nearly 400-mile loop in the heart of the state, complete with stunning river views, tunnels and soaring bridges that advocates say would blossom into an international showcase and a tourist draw. The network would form one of the longest rail-to-trail networks in the country.

The Katy Trail running south and just north of Interstate 70 already is a destination for families and the outdoors-minded. Adding the Rock Island Trail “super-sizes it,” said Bill Bryan, the former Missouri State Parks director.

MoBikeFed comment: We agree 100%! More about Missouri's next cross-state trail, the Rock Island Trail State Park, at


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