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Katy Trail Guidebook. The definitive guide to Katy Trail State Park in Missouri. Cycling St. Louis... Hike, Bike, Explore, Float, Paddle or Pedal Missouri's Outdoor Daytrip and Weekend Getaway Destinations with Pebble Publishing Guidebooks as your guide!

The Complete Katy Trail Guidebook,

Updated & Revised 9th Edition.

America’s Longest Rails-to-Trails Project

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By Brett Dufur. ISBN: 978-1-891708-44-2. $18.95.

As Gandhi once said, "There is more to life than trying to speed it up. Missouri’s 225-mile long Katy Trail is the perfect place to slow the sway of your inner pendulum, atune your slower groove and practice an appreciation of nature seldom seen on the Discovery channel.

The longest rails-to-trails conversions in the United States, the Katy Trail meanders beside the Missouri River and towering limestone bluffs. The trail also passes through the world’s breadbasket of agricultural production, Missouri’s legendary wine country, and through many quaint towns ready to explore for antiques, bed and breakfasts, wineries, local history and more.

Explore the 225-mile Katy Trail with the trail "bible." The Katy Trail now extends from Clinton to St. Charles. The Katy Trail is America's longest rails-to-trails project. The Katy Trail is also the longest public, non-motorized portion of the entire Lewis and Clark Trail. The Katy Trail and the Missouri River corridor are popular heritage travel and recreation destinations. 

This guidebook covers the many distinctive towns along Missouri’s 225-mile long Katy Trail as it follows the Missouri River and passes through the world’s ‘breadbasket’ of agriculture and Missouri’s legendary wine country.

This guidebook includes handy service information for each town, maps, and photographs and features some one-of-a-kind individuals you’ll meet along the way. Whether you’re biking the trail, hiking it, or traveling from town to town by car, this guidebook is the perfect resource for every traveler. Longer stories are also included for rainy-day armchair odysseys. If you’ve ever wondered which goddess adorns our capitol, or pondered the many uses for Missouri mud, this book is for you.

Definitive guide to the services, towns, people, places and history along Missouri's 225-mile Katy Trail, America's Longest Rails-To-Trails Project. Completely revised fifth edition. Maps, 80 photographs, fold out of entire trail, mileage charts and more. 192 pages. 

Reviews of The Complete Katy Trail Guidebook:

Where most guidebook authors finish, Brett is just getting warmed up... This book contains fun facts not even a history teacher would know... St. Louis Times

An excellent guide to the Katy... I have seen another guidebook devoted to Missouri's Katy Trail, but this one is hands-down the best. It covers the Katy from west to east and has a wealth of historical information on the towns along the trail. There is also a fold-out map of the trail and a table of mileages between points along the trail. Good information is given on services available along the trail. Overall, this is an excellent trail guide to the Katy Trail and an excellent book in general... Patrick Harrington

Brett seems to have picked up a few pointers from William Least Heat Moon, whose Blue Highways and PrairyErth achieve depth through historical anecdotes and colorful character descriptions... For day-trippers as well as long-distance bikers and hikers, the Katy Trail Guidebook is a worthwhile investment... Ozark Sierran

Brett's guide gives a feel for the towns with his insightful descriptions and photographs. He uses imagery to portray what is to be found there... Missouri Weekend

Brett, a journalist by schooling, has an eye for stories... And after a long jaunt through Latin America, he knows the value of a good guidebook... Columbia Daily Tribune

The Katy Trail Guidebook is a ‘must have’ for anyone interested in our Missouri heritage. The book is more than a guidebook for bicyclists and walkers…it is also an insightful look at the history of the Katy Railroad and the many small communities that grew up along the railroad... Antioch Publication

The guidebook is readable, thorough and permeated with a tone of infectious mirth... Boone County Journal

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By Brett Dufur. Copyright © 2008. 

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In 1986, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MK&T) Railroad (better known as the Katy) ceased operation on its route from Sedalia to Machens. This presented the chance for an extraordinary recreational facility-a 225-mile-long flat hiking and biking trail... Read more about it...

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2, Rocheport, MO 65279

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Directions to our bookstore: We are located near the Katy Trail, 15 minutes west of Columbia, just two miles north of Interstate 70. Take I-70 to the Rocheport Exit (Exit 115). Go north approximately 2 miles on Route BB. Go left at the "T." Go one block. Our bookstore is on the left (across the street from the Rocheport Post Office and Abigail's Restaurant.


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