Missouri's Rock Island Trail is coming together!
With a little momentum, and some push from the affected communities, Missouri will
soon become the rails-to-trails destination of North America.
About the Rock Island Trail in MO
The Rock Island Trail is a planned "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.
Construction is underway on the western end, which will connect Windsor to Kansas City's
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.
Pleasant Hill has already built out a few miles of the trail within its area.
Windsor provides a Katy Trail connection. The Windsor to Pleasant Hill section should be
completed by late 2016. According to MORIT, MO State Parks has given their blessing to hikers and riders using this section of trail
now, as long as they don't interfere with the workers who are building the trail.
Eldon to Freeburg clearing is underway. Rails should be up by spring 2016,
with the trail ready a couple years later.
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: