Katy Trail Tour: What to visit, what to see Chesterfield to Hermann, Missouri - Terrain Magazine

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Head west on the Daniel Boone Bridge, which carries Interstate 64 over the Missouri River in Chesterfield, Missouri, and you’ll find an opportunity to experience history and charm along what is perhaps our state’s most scenic bike route. A new bike and pedestrian path on the bridge, opened in summer 2017, makes it possible to cross the river on two wheels, then merge with the Katy Trail.

In many spots, the Katy Trail hugs the Missouri River like a belt. It cruises by the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, a 1947 Busch family gift that will always be sheltered from development.

In Defiance, you’ll come to understand why Daniel Boone loved his home. The town is the start of the Missouri Wine Trail, or Weinstrasse, so stop and take a sip. Explore a few miles more and settle into beautiful Augusta to experience the quaint shops and accommodations. Then, branch out to sample the wineries in the surrounding hills, part of the nation’s very first U.S. American Viticultural Area.

Just past Dutzow, see where Daniel and Rebecca Boone were buried in Marthasville. Drive or bike through Peers, then Treloar with its iconic old grain elevator past historic St. John’s United Church of Christ and its cemetery, raised above the floodplain. For a few miles, the path rolls through beautiful wooded hills and bluffs, presenting panoramic views of the river, until you rejoin the floodplain and the Katy Trail.

MoBikeFed comment: This excellent article from Terrain Magazine details many of the interesting sites and places to visit along the Katy Trail from Chesterfield to Hermann.

For more regional bicycle touring routes in this part of the state that interconnect with the Katy Trail, check these out:


Lewis & Clark Missouri River Adventure bicycle route:

Lewis & Clark - St Louis Confluence Tour: