Missouri State Parks officially names and adopts Rock Island Trail State Park as the 93rd park in the Missouri State Parks system

At 10am this morning in Windsor, Missouri - where the Katy and Rock Island Trails meeting - Missouri State Parks announced the

state's 93rd State Park, with a new name: Rock Island Trail State Park.

Mayors and representatives from towns and supporting organizatiuons along the corridor spoke, as did David Kelly, director of Missouri State Parks, and Dru Buntin, director of Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

You may remember that Rock Island Trail State Park was the name of the 47 mile section of the Rock Island corridor developed using funding and a land donation originating to the 1990s and 2000s.  But when the trail was opened in 2016, the name was (suddenly!) change to "Rock Island Spur of Katy Trail State Park."

Communities along the railroad line were surprised and unhappy - railroad towns usually have a strong identity with the railroad and its name.

But now, with development of 47 miles of the corridor complete in 2016, and additional 16 miles of the Jackson County portion of the line completed in 2021, and a further 156 miles of the corridor now owned by state parks with trail development of several segments underway, it seemed an appropriate time to rename the new park.

Thanks and congratulations go to Missouri DNR, Missouri State Parks, communities along the Rock Island corridor who have been working for this day since the late 1970s, and community organizations up and down the corridor who have been working to develop support for the new state park for decades.

More about the Rock Island Trail State Park, including the history and development of the corridor, is here.

 

 

The Gasconade River Bridge will be one the highlights of the forthcoming 156

The Gasconade River Bridge will be one the highlights of the forthcoming 156 miles of Rock Island Trail State Park

 

 

Gasconade River Train Bridge by Drone from S Jett on Vimeo.

 

 

The new Rock Island Trail State Park will encompass the BLUE and RED segments sh

The new Rock Island Trail State Park will encompass the BLUE and RED segments shown on this map, plus an additional short segment from Beaufort to Union - about 219 miles in total.

 

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