The Katy Trail

KATY Trail is Open

The Katy Trail is fully open now (except the section east of St. Charles at MM 34-35). The flood waters have receded and you can now ride your bike the full length of the Katy Trail, from St. Charles, Missouri (MM 39.5) to Clinton, Missouri at MM 264.6.

For regular updates, check here or the state park updates:

Happy Trails!
Henry Curran

Bike Tour Best Start Dates

Q. We are often asked which dates are available to start my bike  tour.

A. The Independent Tourist does not hold a block of rooms for a few specific dates like some tours.  Instead we reserve your rooms at the time you reserve a tour.  This makes us very flexible in meeting our cycling customer’s needs.  When you reserve give 2 or 3 preferred dates – if you have flexibility.  We can almost always book your tour with the first or second choice – even if they are only a day or two apart.

A. Also, our website lists recommended days of the week to start.  After late September on the Katy Trail tours there are fewer available days of the week.  This is designed to miss some of the Octoberfest weekends where many inns are booked months in advance for that event.  If you would like to be in these towns (Hermann and Augusta) during the festival you should book with us for two consecutive nights in those towns and reserve 9 to 12 months ahead.

Henry Curran / Independent Tourist, LLC

Summer Bike Tours

Summer is on the way.  June is a busy cycling month but we have some openings on the Katy Trail for bike tours in late June and early July.  If you are interested please contact us soon.

– Henry Curran / Independent Tourist, LLC

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    Spring Bike Tours

Spring Bike Tours


For those of us who live in colder climates our thoughts turn to warm spring days cycling along the Missouri River on the 225 mile Katy Trail. We are taking reservation for bike tours starting April 1, 2013.

We recommend reserving 60+ days in advance to assure you get your preferred dates. Book earlier if you have no flexibility in your schedule or if you plan your tour over the Memorial Day holiday.

Our most popular tour is the End-to-End, 225 miles with 7 nights and 6 riding days.

Check our website: for details.

If you have questions please call (866) 269-9913 or email:

Happy Trails!

Henry Curran/Independent Tourist