Missouri's Rock Island Trail is now a reality!
With a little momentum, and some push from the affected communities,
the Rock Island will continue to grow and
Missouri will remain the rails-to-trails destination of North America.
Missouri State Parks refers to the trail as the Rock Island Spur of the Katy Trail.
These two trails already intersect in western Missouri, and eventually could connect a few hundred miles to the east as well.
About the Rock Island Trail in MO
The Rock Island Trail is a "rails-to-trails" trail which will stretch over 200 miles across the state of Missouri.
It will intersect the Katy Trail on both the western and eastern sides of the state,
forming a 450 mile loop.
The trail is already open between Windsor and Pleasant Hill.
It will continue to expand westward into Kansas City's suburbs, and eastward toward the St Louis area.
Katy Trail Connection
Missouri's Katy Trail is a "must ride" for touring cyclists from all over the country, offering over 200 miles of scenic
uninterrupted trail. The citizens of Missouri are fortunate to have this jewel in their backyard,
but the one shortfall of the Katy Trail
is its distance from Kansas City. The trail is easily accessible to the population centers of St Louis, Columbia,
and Jefferson City, but over an hour's drive away from Kansas City. This is because the MKT railroad, which formed
the basis for the Katy Trail, simply did not approach the Kansas City area.
In 2008, as part of a settlement over the Taum Sauk Dam disaster, Ameren Corporation give the state of Missouri
control over a portion of the old Rock Island railroad right-of-way. This section runs from
Windsor, where it intersects the Katy Trail, northwest into
the suburbs of Kansas City.
Longer term, the Rock Island Trail will reach Washington, which is just across the Missouri River (and a few miles) from
the Dutzow trailhead on the Katy Trail.
The trail between Pleasant Hill and
Windsor is now open! And of course, you can connect to the Katy Trail in Windsor.
Eldon to Freeburg clearing is underway. Rails should be up by spring 2016,
with the trail ready a couple years later.
Belle has started building their section of the trail.
Trail Conditions on the Rock Island Trail
Please let us know if you are aware of any adverse trail conditions.
BikeRockIsland.com is brought to you by TrailHub, which also brings you BikeKatyTrail.com.
As the Rock Island Trail comes together, we'll add the same kinds of maps, business listings,
and trip planning tools to this website that you currently find on the Katy Trail website.
We support the following organizations, and encourage you to do the same: