Katy Trail is a point-to-point 237-mile trail that spans nearly the entire state of Missouri from east to west (or from west to east, depending on where you start), some of it follows Lewis & Clark’s path along the Missouri River.
It’s just a wonderful opportunity to get outdoors and go for a long bike ride. There are several trailheads along the way. The following is based upon what we encountered from the Boonville trailhead (at the depot) to 3 miles east of Rocheport and then back again.
My youngest daughter (Amy), Mike, and I decided to take a day bike ride. The weather was just perfect, sunny and 80. It was a great day. This was the first time on the Katy Trail for us and with anything, you learn as you go. We started out at the Boonville trailhead, and headed east – thus being able to cross the Missouri River. You have to ride through town for a bit, cross the river, and then you’re out of the town of Boonville. You will next cross a highway and come to another trailhead (probably would’ve been wiser to start here).
Next onto a nice level, crushed rock trail mostly winding through corn fields. Terrain was mostly flat; I believe we gained about 30 feet during the entire 32-mile bike ride. It was a nice leisurely ride.
Next trailhead was at New Franklin. The facilities here were nice, especially considering this was literally in the middle of nowhere. Nice bathroom and trailhead with some information to look over. There’s a small parking lot here. I would hesitate to leave my car parked at this trailhead overnight. Its a nice spot, but it is very remote and it would be an obvious target sitting there overnight.
The picture above is a good representation of what most of the trail is like. After New Franklin, it is on through miles and miles of corn fields. Don’t get me wrong, it is very picturesque. Every so often, there is a bench for folks to sit and take a breather. There are also some conservation areas along the way. We passed a couple of campsites between New Franklin and Rocheport but did not explore to see what facilities they offered.
About halfway to Rocheport, we passed a very neat old clay tile grain elevator. I would like to find some information about the history of it. We stopped for a few pictures.
The scenery definitely changes as you get near Rocheport. It becomes very picturesque and quaint. On the west side of Rocheport, you’ll pass through a nice stone tunnel. It is very long and cool inside but dark. The crowds definitely picked up here. There were multiple people walking on the trail with kids and dogs, not always keeping to one side of the trail. Lots and lots of small kids running around. Making it a little difficult to navigate but be patient and you’ll soon bypass them.
Once through the tunnel, you’ll immediately come to the Mulberry Grill & Bakery. We stopped here and tried the wood-fired pizza. The prices were reasonable. We each had a pizza and Mike and I split a salad. If you’re in the mood for pizza, definitely stop here. It was very quaint.
Back on the bikes and through Rocheport we traveled. Another nice trailhead with a nice restroom facility. Very crowded, having to wait in line (like always) for the women’s bathroom. I filled up my empty water bottle here at a provided water station. Facilities were clean. Better than outhouses and they did have sinks to refresh yourself.
Once east of Rocheport is where you join the Missouri River. The view here was unbelievable. There were amazing cliffs on one side and the river on the other. We road about halfway between Rocehport and Huntsdale.
We had a fabulous day and this is just one more reason why we love Missouri. We will be back on the trail soon and perhaps start in a different spot.
Title: Katy Trail; Boonville to Rocheport Missouri
Track lenght: 51.51Km.
Altitude range: 57m. (Min height: 155m. Max height: 212m.)
Total climb: 392m. Total descent: 398 m.
Page link: http://www.tammyonthetrail.com
Description: A day bike ride on the Katy Trail starting at the Boonville trailhead, to Rocehport, and back again.