Katy Trail: Clinton to St. Charles

7 Days – 233 miles

$1,345 per person/double occupancy


Start Dates April 1 – Oct 31 – Best Start Days: THU or FRI 

What’s Included:

  • 6 days of cycling
  • 1 travel day (shuttle day)
  • 7 nights in Bed & Breakfast or small inn
  • Lodging near trail and evening restaurants
  • 7 mornings with breakfast
  • Parking at St. Charles
  • Shuttle St. Charles to Clinton (or park in Clinton, and shuttle back at end of tour)
  • Bring your bike or rent
  • Daily luggage transfer to the next inn
  • Maps and daily route directions
  • Emergency assistance
  • Our one of a kind: Independent Tourist t-shirt
  • 10% discount for returning customer

This is our most popular bike tour running the full 225-mile length of America’s longest continuous rail to trail bike path.  Day 1 shuttle provided from St. Charles at the east end of the trail to Clinton at the west end.  Ride back to St. Charles over the week.  Enjoy small villages of rural Missouri, wildlife, winery towns, the capital city and the mighty Missouri River as you ride eastbound over the week returning to St. Charles – the site of the original Missouri state capital, on this Missouri bike trail.

Day 3 and 5 can be shortened upon request.

Day 1
Travel Day: Shuttle from St. Charles to Clinton

Meet the shuttle van at St. Charles, MO near the eastern end of the Katy Trail (mile marker “MM” 39.5) On day 7 this will be your tour end point (MM 0 to MM39.5 is ridable, but not fully developed). Overnight parking is available for our cyclists. E-bike rental is two blocks away. The St. Charles trailhead is a 20 minute drive or taxi ride from Lambert St. Louis International Airport and about 40 minutes west of downtown St. Louis. It is about 5 minutes from the I-70 Bridge over the Missouri River at St. Charles.  NOTE to our friends driving from west of Missouri — Save a drive to St.Charles/St. Louis — you can optionally park at the west end of the trail at Clinton and shuttle back from St. Charles on the last morning.

The shuttle provides door-to-door service for you and bikes directly to your Clinton lodging (3.5 – 4 hours)

Lodging: Modern Small Hotel at Clinton

Day 2
Cycling Day: 38 miles-Clinton to Sedalia

Today is your first cycling day. Leave luggage with your host. We will transfer it for you to this evening’s destination and each day on your tour.

Ride from your hotel to the trailhead (MM 264.6). This is the western end of the Katy Trail. Today’s destination is Sedalia, home of the Missouri State Fair (each August) and a place where legendary musician Scott Joplin worked and lived. Your lodging is 6 blocks from the Sedalia trailhead.

Lodging: Small Historic Hotel at Sedalia – Optional B&B stay in Pilot Groove with custom tour

Day 3
Cycling Day: 49 (or 36) miles-Sedalia to Rocheport

Today is the longest section of your tour on the Katy Trail, 49 miles to Rocheport. The distance can be shortened with an advanced request to 36 miles with pickup and shuttle from Boonville (MM 191.8) to your lodging in the lovely village of Rocheport (MM 178.3). The only tunnel on the trail is just west of the Rocheport trailhead and the town has a winery, antique shops and several restaurant choices.

Lodging: B&B at Rocheport – Optional B&B in Pilot 
Groove or hotel in Boonville with custom tour

Day 4
Cycling Day: 37 miles-Rocheport to Jefferson City

Leaving Rocheport you cycle beneath towering limestone bluffs among the highest on the trail. The Missouri River can be seen frequently during the day. Your destination is N. Jefferson trailhead (MM 143.2) across the river from Jefferson City. Cross the Missouri on the new safe BIKE BRIDGE.
If you arrive in time we suggest you take a tour of our beautiful state Capitol. Of particular interest are the murals by Thomas Hart Benton in the House Lounge.

Lodging: Hotel at Jefferson City – Optional (limited availability: 2 rooms with private baths – 2 rooms with shared bath) B&B upon request.

With the B&B option, add $55 per person for rooms with private bath. Add $35 per person for rooms with shared bath. (shared bath option has full bath shared bath, plus half bath) B&B has laundry (washer/dryer in the half bath room) available.

Day 5
Cycling Day: 46 (or 33) miles- Jefferson City to Hermann

Start your day with a return across the BIKE bridge to the N. Jefferson trailhead. Ride east to McKittrick (across the river from your evening lodging at Hermann). We can shorten today’s distance 13 miles upon request.

At McKittrick (MM 100.8) cross the Missouri River Bridge with its protected bike path into Hermann for your evening lodging. This bridge is bicycle safe and friendly. The winery town of Herman has much to offer including antique shops and several wine tasting rooms and restaurants.

Lodging: B&B at Hermann or Optional B&B stay in Rhineland – on the trail (shortens daily milage by 6 miles)

Day 6
Cycling Day: 36 miles- Hermann to Augusta

Today’s destination is Augusta, (MM 66.3) another small winery village. Augusta is on the same side of the river as the Katy Trail so you can ride right up to your evening lodging. There are several winery tasting rooms and a choice of restaurants.
Lodging: B&B at Augusta

Day 7
Cycling Day: 27 miles-Augusta to St. Charles

This is your final day of cycling. Leave the B&B in Augusta and ride east on the trail to St. Charles (MM 39.5) where you may have left your car or rented a bicycle. Your evening lodging will be a short ride from the trailhead on city streets. Restaurants and shops are plentiful in this downtown area particularly along Main Street a block from the Katy Trail. Visit Missouri’s first capitol,