Katy Trail

What is included in the Katy Trail tours?

Your pre-paid price includes all:

lodging accommodations, breakfast , maps, route guides, and luggage transfers and unscheduled pickup due to severe weather, mechanical or other problem.  See our website and your individual tour for specifics.

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My tour starts at Augusta or Rocheport, Missouri. How do I get there?

Augusta is 31 miles west of St. Charles on State Highway 94. Rocheport is 3 miles from I-70 exit #115 — about 117 miles west of St. Charles. Long term parking is available at either location. If you fly into the St Louis airport, we can arrange a shuttle at a minimal cost to Augusta. It is recommended to drive to Rocheport. Please call for any shuttle arrangements questions. Most all arrangements can be accommodated.

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My Katy Trail tour starts at St. Charles, Missouri. How can I get there?

St. Charles is on the western edge of the St. Louis metropolitan area and is easily accessible from I-70 and other major roads. It is a 15-20 minute drive west from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Shuttles and taxis are available to St. Charles from the airport. Long term parking is available at our shuttle pickup spot in St. Charles.  If you are flying to St. Louis and catching the shuttle to your starting point we may be able to arrange an airport pickup that will take you directly to bike rental and outfitting before going west to your starting point.  The additional cost will be about the same as an airport taxi, $30 – $40 each way.

 

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How does the tour work?

Our Katy cyclists all ride eastbound. Our standard tours (#10, #11, and #12) usually start at the eastern end of the trail at St. Charles. We will transport you west to your cycling start point. After an overnight there, you will begin the cycling tour riding east and eventually return to St. Charles where you started.

Cyclists starting in Rocheport (tours #13 and #14) will have a shuttle back to their car at Rocheport at the end of the tour.

Extended overnight parking is available in St. Charles, Augusta and Rocheport. You will be able to return directly to your car at the end of the tour (some alternatives end with a shuttle back to your car). If you rent bikes through our recommended bike shop, the rental shop will pick them up. No need to return bike rentals

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Are there hills on the trail?

The Katy is generally level for its 225 mile length. A few sections west of Boonville have slight gradual inclines. There are often hills when you go away from the trail or into some of the river towns along the way, but these are largely optional.

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What is the Katy Trail surface like? What kind of bike is recommended?

The trail is made of a fine crushed limestone. It packs into a fairly hard surface. Depending on weather, the hard surface can develop soft spots, washed out, or rough areas. We recommend a mountain bike or hybrid with medium to wide tires, but our skinny tire road bike friends generally say they have no problems.

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How is the weather along the trail? Is there a better time to tour?

Our standard tour season is from April 1 to October 31. Spring and fall are beautiful and the temperatures are more comfortable. The summer months can be very hot, but early morning cycling will help beat the heat.

Average Temperatures
Jefferson City, Missouri
Month FahrenheitHi/Low CelsiusHi/Low
April 66/43 19/6
May 75/53 24/12
June 84/62 29/17
July 89/66 32/19
August 87/64 31/18
September 79/55 26/13
October 68/44 20/7
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Will you provide or help rent a bicycle for the tour?

We can direct you in to a preferred bike rental shop. Rental costs are additional and can include a handlebar bag, helmet and additional pannier or trunk rack bag if you wish. If you own some of these, you may wish to bring them along with you. This is especially true for a helmet which may fit you better than the rented one. Some people along a favorite bike seat to be added to the rental bike.  Bike rental is generally about $30 per day.

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I have cycled across many river bridges. Is the bridge across the Missouri River at Jefferson City user friendly?

The bridge is now very BIKE SAFE and FRIENDLY.  In 2011 the northbound bridge span was expanded with the addition of a safe bike lane completely separated from vehicle traffic. Cycling across the river now takes minutes unless you stop at a viewing spot to take pictures.

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How is the cell phone service along the trail?

There is service along the trail with a few exception.  The signals are occasionally and briefly blocked by high cliffs. We recommend that you carry a cell phone on the trail.

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