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April 28 marks 32 years of the Katy Trail

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 27, 2022 - This March, the Katy Trail State Park was nominated for “Best Recreational Trail” in the country in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Thanks to all the users who know, love and use the Katy Trail, it was voted #2 Best Recreational Trail in the nation!

“What a great birthday present for the Katy Trail!” said Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Dru Buntin. “On April 28, 2022, the trail turns 32, and getting out on the trail is a great way to celebrate.”

It’s no surprise the park received this honor. Built on the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT or Katy), the trail spans 240 miles. If you haven’t visited the Katy Trail, this spring is the perfect time. The trail takes visitors through some of the most scenic parts of the state, as much of the trail closely follows the Missouri River. Running between Clinton and Machens, there are 26 trailheads and four fully restored railroad depots along the way.

As it meanders through small towns, users experience a slice of rural history that reflects the rich heritage of Missouri.

“As visitors wind through the beautiful Missouri countryside, they follow the Missouri River, which takes riders through several small towns they might not otherwise consider visiting,” said Buntin. “Information at the trailheads makes a walk or ride on the Katy Trail not only a healthy adventure, but an educational one as well.”

Help us celebrate by taking a hike or riding your bike down the trail. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, nature or history, the trail offers opportunities for all.

To plan your next adventure or for more information, visit To see a list of all the winners of the Readers’ Choice Awards, visit

For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, or to view the Park and Site Status Map, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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