Perryville opens new bicycle hostel to boost tourism - now one of several in the region | KFVS12

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Perryville is once again trying to attract more visitors to their town. This time, they’ve opened up a bicycle hostel.

It’s called Caroline’s Bicycle Hostel and accommodates up to seven cycling guests.

Perry County Heritage Tourism Director Trish Erzfeld said it's important that they welcome cyclists and make Perryville a destination for them to stay and enjoy what the city has to offer.

Erzfeld said Perry County and Perryville has a lot to offer the cyclists, including touring historic homes, the downtown atmosphere, Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial and more.

"We've always wanted to be more cycle friendly in our communities, so Caroline's gives the bicyclers the opportunity to slow down, to stop and put the kickstand down if you would, and see what's unique and special about our downtown and our surrounding areas."

Even though they just opened up, they have had several people already try out the hostel. Cyclists have come from Alabama, Mississippi and other places from Missouri.

MoBikeFed comment: Nearby Farmington also has a bicycle hostel--built in the town' former jail!--as does Chester, IL.

(Though not to be prejudiced towards Missouri, but Chester's facility is a bit more spartan than either Farmington's or Perryville's.)

The TransAmerica Trail/USBR 76, the Adventure Cycling Association's Great Rivers Bicycle Route, and the Mississippi River Trail all pass through this area. You can find out more about them on our Maps and Routes page:

And Farmington is on, and Perryville and Chester very close to, the Ozark Trail Mountain Bike/Bikepacking Route Network.

You can find out more about that on our Gravel Grind/Bikepacking page:

Might be time to plan a bicycle tour in southeast Missouri!

More info about each of these hostels in the area: