The flat, crushed limestone surface of Missouri’s Katy Trail is ideally suited for foot and bicycle traffic (some sections also permit horseback riding) and it’s an excellent gateway to a variety of Missouri adventures.
You probably know the trail stretches 240 miles on an east-west alignment across Missouri, starting near St. Charles and paralleling the Missouri River for much of the route.
Along the way, you pass through the rolling hills of Missouri wine country, including the charming towns of Hermann and Augusta, and you get a glimpse of Missouri’s Capitol as you skirt Jefferson City.
Near Rocheport, a village noted for its shops and wildly popular winery, you’ll have excellent views of the Missouri River. The western edge of the trail passes through Sedalia, the site of the annual Missouri State Fair, and ends at Clinton, which is positioned near Truman Lake.
If you plan on making it from one end of the trail to the next, you’re going to need a couple of places to rest over night. While you cannot camp on the trail, there are several campgrounds along the way.
Here are a few campgrounds that offer excellent views:
Klondike Park, Augusta: In addition to primitive campsites, this park (owned by St. Charles County) includes six cabins, in case tent camping isn’t your thing. The park’s bluff-top position affords great views of the Missouri River.
Rivers Edge RV Park and Campground, Portland: As the name implies, this site is perched very close to the river. It doesn’t offer the elevation of Klondike Park, but you’ll have great views up and down the river from this park.
Cooper’s Landing, Columbia: You’ll have the choice of two different campground areas at Cooper’s Landing, both with excellent views of the Missouri River. The south campground offers sites with electric service; the north campground is closer to the trail and slightly more secluded.
Farrington Park, Windsor: It’s not a river view, but the tranquility of Farrington Park Lake that makes this an ideal spot for cyclists coming off the Katy Trail. The park has space for tent camping and a restroom with showers.
These are just a few of the places to find great camping adventures near Missouri’s Katy Trail. Learn more about the Katy Trail at VisitMO.com and start planning your outing today!