Missouri on pace to complete 47.5-mile extension of Katy Trail from Windsor to Pleasant Hill, Gov. Nixon announces | Governor Jay Nixon

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Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that by the end of 2016, Missouri State Parks expects to complete the extension of the Katy Trail from Windsor to Pleasant Hill along the Rock Island Trail State Park. The 47.5-mile-long extension will allow hikers and bicyclists greater access from the Kansas City region to the 240-mile long Katy Trail, which runs from Clinton to St. Charles County.

“One of my top priorities as Governor has been to improve and expand our outstanding state park system and give Missouri families and visitors even more ways to enjoy the outdoors,” Gov. Nixon said. “At a time when other states were closing state parks or charging entrance fees, here in Missouri we worked hard to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities by expanding access to affordable outdoor recreation. This extension of the nationally-recognized Katy Trail will continue to provide Missourians and visitors alike with an outstanding opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Show-Me State.”

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 240-mile Katy Trail. As the longest developed rail-trail in the United States, the Katy Trail has been inducted into the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Hall of Fame. The Katy Trail has also been nominated for various awards that recognize its outstanding recreational opportunities and role in making communities quality places in which to live.

MoBikeFed comment: Several sections of the Rock Island Trail are now under construction or in development. Where do they go? What is their status? When will they be open?

All this and more about the Rock Island Trail at:

http://mobikefed.org/rockislandtrail