Great Day Trips from St. Louis - Take a Bike Ride, Run or Walk on the Katy Trail (St. Charles County)

Reblogger Don Rogers
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield

Ryan has brought to life a wonderful bike ride along the Katy Trail in St. Charles County and if you have never been maybe now would be a good time to plan a trip/ride.

Original content by Ryan Shaughnessy

PREA Signature Realty - St Louis Day Trips

PREA Signature Realty - St Louis Day TripsFor residents of the City of St. Louis, the Katy Trail offers a great day trip.  The Katy Trail is a bike/walking trail that starts in St. Charles, travels along the Missouri River passing such towns as Defiance, Augusta, Dutzow, Marthasville, and Herman, and ends in Clinton for a one way trip of 225 miles.

The Katy Trail was built on the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas rail line.  It is a bike trail that is flat, consists of rolled crushed gravel, and is generally well maintaned.  Although it is a bike trail, it is more than that... It offers a glimpse into the old rail and river towns that the Katy line served.  In addition to the bike trail, enjoy staying in the local bed and breakfasts, dining at local restaurants, shopping for antiques, or visiting one of the wineries or wine shops located on or near the Katy Trail.

PREA Signature Realty - St Louis Day TripsWhen planning your day trip on the Katy Trail, you may want to start by visiting the website www.bikekatytrail.com.  The website was built by Raymond Scott - software engineer, bike enthusiast, and marathon runner.  It is an interactive website that offers many great features including the following:

  • Interactive Katy Trail Maps:  Obtain maps of the trail, individual sections of the trail, or towns located along or adjacent to the trail.  It also includes links to other map and trail resources.
  • Interactive Mileage Chart:  Plan your trip and track your miles by using the interactive mileage chart. 
  • Business and Service Guide:  Use the interactive business/service guide to obtain information on bike rental, bike repair, restaurants, wineries, bed and breakfasts, antique stores, and other businesses and services that cater to users of the trail.  Search by town, trail destinations, desired business or service, and more.  It also includes links to the local chamber of commerce, individual businesses and more.
  • Events:  There is never a shortage of local events along the trail.  The events include organized bike rides and trail runs, country festivals and fairs, musical events and concert series, art shows and fairs, and farm and livestock shows.  Search by town, date, type of event and more.
  • Weather Conditions:  View weather reports and forecasts for the trail.
  • Trail Conditions:  Review periodic maintenance updates regarding trail conditions.
  • Comments:  Need a review?  Have a question?  Post a question or comment to the forums section of the website.

 

PREA Signature Realty - St Louis Day Trips

Interested in Relocating to St. Louis?  Visit our the Relocation Guide on our website.

Interested in purchasing a business, bed and breakfast, or home along the Katy Trail?  Contact Ryan Shaughnessy at PREA Signature Realty at 314-971-4381 or send an e-mail to Ryan@PREASignatureRealty.com.

Interested in other biking resources?  Visit one of these great biking sites: 

Interested in other day trips from St. Louis?  Consider these great options:

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Patricia Kennedy
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Don, that is one long bike ride!  Here we have the C&O Canal, which goes from Georgetown to West Virginia. 

Jun 14, 2009 01:36 AM #1
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Don Rogers
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Pat,

It is a long ride but is really has some pretty views and places to stop and enjoy.

Jun 14, 2009 03:03 AM #2
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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What a nice resource for visitors and local residents alike.

Jun 14, 2009 05:10 AM #3
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Ryan Shaughnessy
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Don - I am glad to report that it was a fabulous day for a bike ride on Friday - only downside is that I threw out the old back in the process.  I enjoyed my foray into your neck of the woods.  We also made stops at Blumenhof Winery in Dutzow and Chandler Hill near Defiance.  If you haven't visited Chandler Hill, you might want to take a look - they have raised the bar for Missouri wineries with a great new Sonoma style tasting center and a large deck overlooking their vines and a small pond/lake.

Jun 14, 2009 05:16 AM #4
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Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
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Don, sounds like a good way to relax for a day off. Have some fun.

Jun 14, 2009 06:02 AM #5
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Terry W.,

This is a very nice resource and one that is used by a whold bunch of folks and Ryan did the perfect post.

Jun 14, 2009 08:51 AM #6
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
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Good afternoon Ryan,

I have not been to Chandler Hill but I am planning on a trip.  Maybe you could meet us there and we could enjoy a glass or two.  BTW, Checkout the link to Missouri Wine Country on my side bar.

Jun 14, 2009 08:54 AM #7
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
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Terry M.,

Come on up for a visit and we can make the trip, whatcha say?

Jun 14, 2009 08:55 AM #8
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Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com - Saint Louis, MO
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Don - Great link to Missouri Wine Country... I was planning a post on St.Charles/Franklin counties wineries.  Almost any Friday this summer is a great day for lunch at a winery.  Let me know...

Jun 14, 2009 09:35 AM #9
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Ryan,

I will be in touch and let you know Shucks I will let you know on Wednesday.  Bring your calendar.

Jun 14, 2009 09:43 AM #10
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
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This is great. Serious cyclists, and athletes in training have to love this! But why isn't it in my Things to Do/Places to Visit group?!  o.O  This is perfect for the group. *ahem*

Jun 15, 2009 02:03 PM #11
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

OK, OK Ms. Lisa

I got the message loud and clear.  My BADDDDDDDD.  I will be doing an edit as soon as I post this comment.  :0)

Jun 15, 2009 02:17 PM #12
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Eric Jolliff

My wife, daughter and I just finished a six day ride of the whole trail. We wrapped it up on 6/12 and had a GREAT time.  It was a wonderful ride and a fantastic time for our family to bond under a mutual goal.

Jun 17, 2009 03:36 PM #13
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
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Eric,

I haven't done the whole trail but I can imagine that it would be a great time.  Thanks for stopping in.

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