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Katy Trail - Pilot Grove, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 52.537 W 092° 54.740
15S E 507604 N 4302977
Quick Description: Katy Trail State Park is built on the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad (better known as the Katy).
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 11/4/2019 6:14:46 AM
Waymark Code: WM11K1Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
Views: 1

Long Description:

County of park: Cooper County
Location of trailhead: 1st St. & Roe St., Katy Trail State Park Trailhead, Pilot Grove
Site erected by: Missouri Department of Natural Resources

When the railroad decided to cease operation on its route from Machens in St. Charles County to Sedalia in Pettis County in 1986, it presented the chance to create an extraordinary recreational opportunity -- a long-distance hiking and bicycling trail that would run almost 200 miles across the state.

The opportunity for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to acquire the right-of-way was made possible by the National Trails System Act, which provides that railroad corridors no longer needed for active rail service can be banked for future transportation needs and used on an interim basis for recreational trails. Because of a generous donation by the late Edward D. "Ted" Jones, the department was able to secure the right-of-way and construct the trail. In 1991, the Union Pacific Railroad donated to the state an additional 33 miles of rail corridor from Sedalia to east of Clinton. Additional purchases and donations have been added. Today, Katy Trail state park is open for 225 miles from St. Charles to Clinton and is operated by the Department of Natural Resources as part of the state park system.

Country: United States of America

State/Province/etc.: Missouri

Trail Start (town): Machens

Trail Finish (town): Clinton

Trail Length: 240

Trail Surface: Gravel/Stone

Pack Animals Allowed: no

Fees: no

Rail-to-Trail Sign:
Yes


Internet Link(s):
http://www.mostateparks.com/katytrail/index.html


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