Rock Island Trail: Missouri clears the path for a companion to the Katy Trail - STLToday

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“This line is being abandoned and donated to Missouri Department of Natural Resources for use as a bike trail,” Jeff Trammel, an Ameren spokesman, said in an email about the 144-mile section that runs cross-state from Windsor to Beaufort, west of Union.

Cyclists and hikers, of course, are salivating. The route is loaded with long tunnels and bridges, including spans over the Gasconade and Osage rivers. It’s supposed to link with the Katy Trail, touted as the longest “completed” rail-trail in the country.