Updated January 26, 2020
If you’ve been following along, the Katy Trail has had a rough go with historic flooding shutting down large portions of the limestone path. While much of the trail is open and ready to enjoy, some areas may prove challenging to pass and require a detour.
- Trail users should be prepared for adverse trail conditions during and following winter storms. Much of the trail is lined with trees which can become weighted down by ice and snow which can make passing interesting.
- Freeze thaw cycles can make for a wet, mud like surface. Users should take extra care as traction can be limited.
- Many restrooms and drinking fountains located at the trail heads close for the winter. Bring plenty of water and plan ahead!
- MM 27 to MM 28, Machens Trailhead – flood damage – No recommended detour
- MM 62.6 to MM 64, west of Matson Traihead (beg. 3/4/19) bridge replacement – Detour Info
- MM 66.4 to MM 67.8, west of Augusta Trailhead (beg. 3/13/19) bridge replacement – Detour Info
- MM 96.9 to MM 97.1, at Case and slightly west (beg. 7/8/19) flood damage – No recommended detour
- MM 117 to MM 118, west of Portland (beg. 8/16/19) flooding – No recommended detour
- MM 178.5 to MM 181.4, Central Street in Rocheport to Davisdale (beg. 11/1/19) – flood damage – Detour Info
- East of MM 227.1, east of Sedalia Trailhead (beg. 11/14/16) alternate road route – Detour Info
- MM 264, Clinton Trailhead (beg. 9/13/19) short detour onto Highway 52 due to a roadway improvement project at Gaines Drive and Highway 52; trail users should follow signage
- MM 45.7 to MM 56, Greens Bottom Trailhead to Weldon Spring Trailhead (beg. 8/5/19) trail grading; be alert to heavy equipment and vehicles on the trail
- MM 66.3 to MM 70.5, west of Augusta Trailhead (beg. 8/28/19) debris, slick mud, erosion and rough surface; be alert to heavy equipment and vehicles on the trail; some section may be temporarily closed during trail repair
- MM 81.2 to MM 84.7, Peers Store to Treloar Trailhead (beg. 8/28/19) debris, slick mud, erosion and rough surface; be alert to heavy equipment and vehicles on the trail; some section may be temporarily closed during trail repair
- MM 118 to MM 153.6, west of Portland to Hartsburg (beg. 8/16/19) debris, slick mud, rough surface and standing water; be alert to heavy equipment and vehicles on the trail; some sections may be temporarily closed during debris removal
- MM 157.8 to MM 162.5, west of Hartsburg to just east of Cooper’s Landing (beg. 9/19/19) extensive flood damage, uneven surfaces with sharp 2 – 6 inch rocks, slick mud and sand, quick drop and rise in trail elevation. In some areas, bicycle riders may need to carry their bicycles. Trail users are strongly recommended to use bicycles with aggressive tread. Not recommended for thin street tires. Be alert for vehicles and heavy equipment on the trail.
- MM 162.5 to MM 163.5, Easley River Road between Highway N and Cooper’s Landing (beg. 10/1/19) this section of the trail will be open to local vehicular traffic due to flooding on an adjacent road. Trail users should proceed with caution.
- MM 189.9 to MM 191.1, from County Rd 345 to Boonville Bridge (beg. 10/10/19) passable with slick mud, uneven surfaces with sharp 2 to 6 inch rocks. In some areas, bicycle riders may need to carry their bicycles.
- MM 215.5 Clifton City (beg. 7/8/19) rough surface
- MM 218 west of Clifton City (beg. 5/13/19) due to a rock slide that blocks a portion of the trail
- MM 229.9 to MM 230.9, Sedalia (beg. 9/18/19) due to heavy equipment loading rock on the trail between Mondays through Thursdays
- Rock Island Spur between Pleasant Hill and Leeton (beg. 7/8/19) rough surface, some debris
4 thoughts on “Katy Trail Closures and Conditions – Winter 2020”
What condition do you think the trail will be in in May?
Appreciate you reaching out. Missouri is a bit of a wildcard this time of the year. In general temps are favorable, however, flooding is a factor to consider. While it does not occur every year, 2019 brought some of the worst flooding to the trail since the great flood of 1993. If flooding occurs the trail will be largely impassable in sections that follow the Missouri River. Essentially anything East of Boonville
As we get into April the picture should become more clear, however, in Missouri, weather is hard to guarantee.
We are planning to ride the Katy Trail in September. Is it likely to be fully repaired/restored by then? Thx!
So long as mother nature cooperates MOState Parks should be able to keep up with conditions. Some ongoing projects will likely remain but detours will be set aside. Having two years of flooding back to back would be rare so hopes are high.
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