Hit the Trail & Ride the Rail

Explore everything the Katy Trail has to offer.

Ride the Missouri River Runner

Hop on the train daily and explore the many charming communities along the way. Explore the Show-Me State rich in history at every stop. Start your journey in St. Louis and ride it all the way Kansas City, MO. 

Bring your bike along and explore Katy Trail State Park, one of the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S. The flat 240-mile trail offers hiking, running, walking and bicycling through Missouri countryside. Many wineries, restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, motels, campgrounds and shopping are located along the way. Due to limited space available, advanced reservations for bicycles is advised.

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Stops Along the Rail

Kansas City

Known for its central location and overall affordability, Kansas City is one the nations’ finest treasures. Travelers to this entertaining metropolis in America’s heartland discover a jazzy city brimming with surprises; a city with a great future forged by a rich historical past. Its 2.1 million citizens enjoy a vibrant, creative community with a rich tradition as an All-American city on the rise.

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Independence has been the starting point for epic adventures for generations. Break free from the ho-hum, start your journey, and find your Independence!

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Lee's Summit

Whether you are starting or ending your Katy Trail ride, this wildly popular dining, shopping, and entertainment district will become a favorite destination along the Katy Trail. Come experience it for yourself!

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No matter if you arrive by bike or by rail, beautiful scenery, rich history, and unexpected delights await all who roll into Warrensburg, MO. We're known as a small town with a big soul for a reason. We're home to historic civil war sites, the University of Central Missouri, five-star accommodations, and a downright charming shopping and entertainment district downtown. We're even the "Home of Man's Best Friend," and to this day, pay tribute to Old Drum, a beloved hunting hound from the 1870s who is credited with being the original pup to inspire the phrase. Want to know why? 

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A group of cyclists crossing the train tracks in Sedalia, Missouri.


Home of the Missouri State Fair and the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Sedalia offers outdoor adventure and a calendar chock-full of fun events. Set aside some time to visit the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art and be sure to stop by some of the local restaurants—from the one-of-a-kind “Gooberburger” to the town’s famous BBQ, you’ll want to come hungry.

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Jefferson City

Beautiful river landscapes and tree-lined bluffs are only part of what won Jefferson City’s title as “America’s Most Beautiful Small Town.” Missouri’s capital boasts stunning historic architecture and countless family attractions and museums. Be sure to carve out some time to sample the bustling food and drink scene and to peruse some of the local shops.

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Three guests at a wine tasting room in Hermann, Missouri.


Willkommen to Hermann, a picturesque town with a distinctly German flavor! A popular stop along the Katy Trail, you’ll find tasty eats, wineries, outdoor adventures, unique boutiques filled with treasures and a history tied to its German settlers and founders.

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A mom and two kids looking at toys in a shop in Washington, Missouri.


Take a (short) detour from the Katy Trail to discover Washington. This four-mile trek will grant you more than lush scenery and river views, you’ll also find yourself in the vicinity of 40+ vineyards. Washington is known as the “heart” of wine country and has a food scene to match. After you’re done sampling varietals, sample some local culture at one of the town’s many art galleries.

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Arrival by Amtrak train places you in the heart of downtown Kirkwood. Just 20 minutes from St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, historic and charming downtown Kirkwood offers an almost endless list of places to explore and experiences to enjoy. Friendly volunteers at Kirkwood Train Station will be happy to direct you to your destination or make suggestions based on your interests

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St. Louis

Get ready to explore the wonders and delights of St. Louis, MO, a city filled with must-see landmarks and rich culture and heritage. No matter if you're here for a day or a week, there's plenty to keep your itinerary packed. Visit nationally acclaimed museums and parks, treat your tastebuds to award-winning restaurants and breweries, or get a new perspective on America's history from inside the tippy-top of the famous Gateway Arch.

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Amtrak® Information

All aboard the Missouri River Runner! To explore bike-friendly communities along the Katy Trail, hop on Amtrak® and bring your bicycle along for the ride.

Amtrak® and Amtrak® Midwest are service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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