Katy Trail gradually cleaned and re-opened, just 30 miles still closed now | Jefferson City News Tribune

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After the floods receded, crews hustled to clear the trail, [Melanie Smith, Katy Trail coordinator with Missouri State Parks] said.

"We've worked hard to remove the trees and the thick debris so people can enjoy the trail," she said. "The next step is to take dump trucks down through there, remove trees, smooth the trail and replace the surface."

The trail surface is traditionally crushed rock.

So, the trail is a mixed bag right now, she said.

"You'll find it's very spotty," she continued.

There are sections of the trail that appear the way they were before the floods, and there is debris all along the Missouri River.

"The big thing we want to encourage folks to do is visit that advisory page before they head out to the trail," Smith said. "That way, they'll know where there is work going on, or if there is work going on." . . .

As of Thursday, the agency still had about 30 miles closed.

MoBikeFed comment: State Parks' work to clean and re-open the Katy Trail has been astonishing this year. At one point, around 100 miles of the Katy was closed due to flooding.

Visit State Parks' page for up-to-date information about Katy Trail conditions and closures:


Keep in mind that the the entire western portion of the trail--from Boonville west--was entire unaffected by flooding this year.