Bike the Katy Trail, America’s Longest Rails-to-Trail.
Guided Bike Tours ~ Spring, Summer & Fall 2017
Guided by Katy Trail Guidebook author Brett Dufur
Cycle and Paddle Missouri’s Katy Trail State Park on the Katy Trail and on the Missouri River… in the Footsteps of Lewis & Clark.
This seven-day cycling tour offers plenty of time to enjoy all of the highlights of the Katy Trail State Park at a relaxed cycling pace. Soak in the gorgeous scenery, great food and the unique towns and history all along the Katy Trail. This cycling tour offers sag support, stays at bed & breakfasts, historic stops & tours, dining at local hot spots, and a rest day with an optional kayak & canoe float on the Missouri River.
The Katy Trail follows the meandering Missouri River and passes through the world’s breadbasket of agriculture. Enjoy the scenery and solitude of the Lewis & Clark Trail, and Missouri’s legendary wine country.
2017 Katy Trail Bike Tour Dates:
Spring Tour: May 14 – May 20
Summer Tour: June 4 – June 10
Fall Tour 1: Sept 10 – 16
Fall Tour 2: Oct 1 – Oct 7
Cost: $1,695 per person. $375 extra for single supplement. Tour fee includes lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leader, tour maps and entrance fees. Alcohol and gratuities are not included.
Where: We’ll be cycling the Katy Trail, from west to east. We’ll start in Clinton and will finish in St. Charles.
Day 1: Clinton to Sedalia.
Day 2: Sedalia to Rocheport.
Day 3: Rocheport to Jefferson City.
Day 4: Rest Day / Optional Canoe Float with Mighty Mo Canoe Rentals.
Day 6: Hermann to Augusta.
Day 7: Augusta to St. Charles.
About Your Guide: Brett Dufur
Brett Dufur is author of The Complete Katy Trail Guidebook, now in its 11th edition. He is also the author of Exploring Lewis and Clark’s Missouri, and Exploring Missouri Wine Country.
Brett loves the Katy Trail and the river, and looks forward to showing you his favorite places, and sharing some of the region’s interesting history and lore. If you’d like to order a copy of his Katy Trail Guidebook, please visit www.pebblepublishing.com or call (573) 698-3903.
2017 Katy Trail Guided Bike Tours
This cycling tour includes sag support, stays at bed & breakfasts, historic stops & tours, dining at local hot spots, and a rest day with an optional kayak & canoe float on the Missouri River.
This seven-day cycling tour offers plenty of time to enjoy all of the highlights of the Katy Trail State Park at a relaxed cycling pace. Soak in the gorgeous scenery, great food and the unique towns and history all along the Katy Trail.
We’ll be doing the trail from west to east. So, we’ll be starting in Clinton and will finish in St. Charles.
Day 1: Clinton to Sedalia. 37.5 miles total. We’ll meet at the Clinton Trailhead at 8 a.m. We’ll bike through rolling hills/plains to Sedalia. In Sedalia, we’ll tour the restored Sedalia Depot, one of the most interesting depots along the Katy Trail. We’ll then stay at the historic Hotel Bothwell, located in Sedalia’s historic square.
Day 2: Sedalia to Rocheport. 48.8 miles. We’ll rise in Sedalia, eat at a local restaurant, and then head east to Rocheport. We’ll pass through numerous small towns along the way. We’ll eat dinner and stay at the Katy Trail Bed & Breakfast in Rocheport.
Day 3: Rocheport to Jefferson City. 35.1 miles. Today we’ll bike along my favorite stretch of trail, enjoying great river views and admiring the tall limestone bluffs from Rocheport to Jefferson City. We’ll be sure to stop at the 350-year old burr oak tree in McBaine, and also pay homage to Boathenge at Cooper’s Landing. In Jefferson City, we’ll take a quick tour of the Capitol, stop for ice cream at Central Dairy Ice Cream. Late dinner at Shakespeare’s Pizza in Columbia. Shuttle back to Rocheport to stay at the Katy Trail B&B in Rocheport.
Day 4: Rest Day in Rocheport. Optional Canoe Float with Brett (now wearing his river hat!). On our rest day, you have the option of enjoying a leisurely guided canoe/kayak float on the most scenic stretch of Missouri River along the trail. Enjoy the tall bluffs, wildlife and scenery while learning more about Lewis & Clark, and the river’s past and future: www.mighty-mo.com. We’ll float about 9 miles. The float will depart at 1 p.m. and return to Rocheport by 5:30 p.m. The float is optional and, of course, weather dependent. If you prefer to just explore Rocheport that day, there are about a dozen shops including art galleries, antiques, a general store and great restaurants. Rocheport is small – about 6 blocks by 6 blocks, so it’s easy to explore by foot or bike. There are also several great hiking trails worth exploring. Visit www.rocheport-mo.com to learn more. Stay at the Katy Trail B&B in Rocheport.
Day 5: Jefferson City to Hermann. 42 miles. Today we’ll be shuttled back to Jefferson City (North Jefferson Trailhead to be specific) and start our day’s ride to Hermann. We’ll pass through several small towns including Tebbetts, Mokane, Steedman, Portland, Bluffton and Rhineland. At McKittrick, we’ll depart the Katy Trail and bike across the Missouri River bridge into Hermann. We’ll tour the Stone Hill Winery, dating back to the late 1800s, once one of the U.S.’s largest winery operations. Stay at the historic Captain Wohlt B&B in Hermann.
Day 6: Hermann to Augusta. 34.5 miles. Today we’ll eat a hearty breakfast at the Captain Wohlt B&B in Hermann, bike back across the Missouri River bridge and take our time exploring the small towns along the way to Augusta. We’ll visit the Peers Store, pass through Marthasville, and celebrate at the microbrewery in Augusta. Stay in rustic cabins at Klondike Park .
Day 7: Augusta to St. Charles. 26.8 miles. Any easy day today. We’ll bike through the Weldon Spring Conservation Area and tour the Lewis & Clark Boathouse & Museum in St. Charles. Tour concludes at the Katy Trail Trailhead in St. Charles. The cobblestone streets of St. Charles and charming shops make this a place you’ll want to explore for a bit. St. Charles was Missouri’s first capitol, so you may want to tour the First State Capitol Historic Site as well. There’s great restaurants here too in what is the largest historic district in Missouri. Those that need a ride back to KC or Clinton will jump in the van and off we’ll go! See shuttle rates below.
For more information or to reserve your place on a 2017 Katy Trail bike tour, please fill out and mail the registration form found here , or email Brett at email@example.com, or call (573) 698-3903.
Please contact me if you have a group of cyclists who would prefer to ride the Katy Trail a different week.
I look forward to exploring the Katy Trail with you in 2017! Talk to you soon!
Where Are We Staying?
We will be spending three of our nights at the Katy Trail Bed & Bikefest in Rocheport (www.katytrailbb.com), to minimize the need to pack/unpack and move luggage every day. We will be shuttled to our starting point several mornings in our 15-passenger van with bike racks. We will also be staying at the historic Hotel Bothwell, an upscale hotel from Harry Truman’s day, in Sedalia, at the historic Captain Wohlt B&B in Hermann, and in rustic cabins at Klondike Park one night.
Bike Rental Information
Bike rental is not included in trip fee. Contact Brett for bike rental information.
Flying In & Out / Pre & Post Trip Logistics
It would be easiest to fly into Kansas City (MCI is the airport code), and either do that roundtrip, or fly out of St. Louis (STL). I would suggest flying in on the day before the tour begins (Saturday) and getting to our starting point (Clinton, MO) on the day before the tour starts. For a list of hotels in Clinton, call the Clinton Visitors Bureau at (660) 885-2123. The tour begins at the parking lot of the Clinton Visitors Bureau, Sunday morning at 8 a.m.
On the last day of the tour (a Saturday), I would advise staying at a hotel in St. Charles (Saturday night) and flying out on Sunday. There are several hotels within walking distance of the St. Charles Katy Trail Trailhead.
If you are driving to meet us at the Clinton Trailhead, free long term parking for Katy Trail cyclists is available at the Clinton Community Center, 1004 East Sedalia Avenue. Located at the intersection of 13 & 52 Hwys. Please be sure to go inside and fill out their forms or call (660) 885-2181 before dropping your vehicle off. After the trip, if you need a shuttle from St. Charles back to Kansas City, it can be included for an additional $120 per person.
Clinton is located about 97 miles (2 hours) southeast of Kansas City. With prior notice, I can arrange to pick you up at the Kansas City airport on Saturday before the trip begins for an additional $120 per person.