Katy Trail State Park - Visual Journey...Missouri
 
   
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The Katy Trail State Park in Missouri extends some 238 miles across the state from Clinton to St. Louis. It was created from the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad corridor which ceased operating in 1986.  The trail is one of the longest rails-to-trails conversion projects in the nation and is operated as a state park by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
TThe trail was created to give people a place to walk and to bicycle. The trail is relatively flat and has many scenic views. The bluffs along the trail are particularly beautiful, especially in the fall when the trees are quite colorful.
 
   
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The Katy Trail includes many bridges which go over creeks and waterways extending from the nearby Missouri River.
In many places the Katy Trail runs between the Missouri River on one side and tall limestone bluffs on the other side. The bluffs south of Rocheport are especially scenic. The limestone of these bluffs was formed from the skeletons of millions of sea animals that settled to the bottom of ancient seas. The area was explored by Lewis and Clark. Indian tribes regarded the bluffs as a sacred place and were called the Manitou Bluffs, which is the Indian name for the Great Spirit.


ThThe trail is open only during daylight hours.  Information about the Katy Trail can be obtained at 1-800-334-6946.

 
   
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