DAY TRIPPIN' -- Pedal across Missouri on The Katy Trail | LakeNewsOnline

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Rich in recreation, Missouri has hills for hiking, waters for fishing, and woods for hunting. Another option is biking on the Katy Trail.

According to Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources, the Katy is “the longest developed rail-trail in the country.” It brings people from around the world to this gem at the heart of the U.S.

Trains once carried passengers and freight, but now rail is a piece of history. Engines made for heavy loads and affordable cars sidelined trains, but interstates cut off small-town main streets. The Katy Trail has changed the face of those towns and put to good use the rails.

The entire trail is 240 miles long. It carries hikers, bikers, and horsemen between Clinton and Machens. The stretch between Cooper and St. Charles counties is part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and the entire trail was added to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame in 2008.