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The Katy Trail

Photo by MoBikeFed – downloaded from Wikimedia Commons

I know that anything north of the Missouri River really shouldn’t be called “Ozarks,” but a walk or a bike ride along the Katy Trail State Park will give you a feel of the Ozarks without having to go far from St. Louis, St. Charles, Columbia, Sedalia, or any of the towns along the way. The citizens and volunteers who pushed for its creation had a marvelous idea, and miraculously several different Missouri government administrations have kept progress going on the trail’s creation.

The trail has created a wealth of tourism industries along its length – B & B’s, wineries, restaurants. My favorite is the Mulberry Grill and Bakery in Rocheport, where an outdoor brick pizza oven under the canopy of a giant mulberry tree provides a delightful place to sit in the shade and watch the hikers, joggers, and bicyclists go by.