The Katy Trailhead in Columbia, Missouri is actually not technically on the Katy Trail, however, easily accessible via a connection at the Huntsdale trailhead. Folks can opt to take the MKT connector which is 9 miles long and terminates right in the heart of Downtown Columbia.
The MKT connector is full of just as much beauty as the rest of the Katy trail, It spans over several creeks and offers plenty of views to take in.
Trail goers will notice more civilization beside the trail as they approach Columbia. Plenty of neighborhoods and parks such as Twin Lakes will signal that you have almost reached the largest city in mid Missouri.
Columbia is the home of the University of Missouri as well as some of the most diverse dining and lodging options near the trail. Folks can ride straight to the famous Shakespear’s Pizza downtown or fine Asian food at Bangkok Gardens.
Broadway Street offers plenty of options for drinks and entertainment. Visitors can also wander the historic campus of Mizzou.
The Tiger Hotel
Built in 1928, this is one of the finest hotels in downtown Columbia. The hotel also offers fine dining within, featuring Glenn’s Cafe.
The Broadway Hotel
Right in the heart of downtown Columbia. Spacious rooms, fine dining, and a great rooftop bar. The Broadway is steps away from Columbia’s shopping and exciting music scene.
Along with Maggies in Boonville, Billiards offers one of the best burgers in Mid-Missouri. Stop in for a burger, fries, and a cold drink. Stay a while longer and play a round of pool.
Hands down the most well know pizza joint in Columbia. The atmosphere is fantastic and the pizza delicious. One of the best kept secrets (until now) is the pepper jack cheese option on their pizza.