After 34 years, the popular Katy Trail across Missouri is finally complete | State News | columbiamissourian.com

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Late this spring, a 3-mile gap through Sedalia on the Katy Trail was finally closed, the last open segment along the 240-mile corridor.

Now the trail follows a continuous line from Clinton to Machens near St. Charles, the longest rail-trail in the United States, according to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

The new section runs from Griessen Road to the Katy Trail Depot in Sedalia, replacing a 3.25-mile street route that had been used since 2001.

The Katy Trail, designated as a state park, is now complete, with all of the appropriate rights of way, said Melanie Smith, the Katy Trail coordinator for Missouri State Parks.

MoBikeFed comment: Completing this final three mile gap in the trail had been a long term project of a grass-roots group of local citizens in Sedalia who have gradually assembled the needed right-of-way and political support over the past few decades.

Congratulations to them on a job well done, and to Missouri State Parks for finally having a completely seamless trail along the entire Katy corridor.