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Your Guide to Experiencing the Katy Trail in Missouri

Whether you’re a hardcore biking enthusiast or a casual pedaler, we’re confident you’ll find something to love about the Katy Trail! It’s a fabulous biking trail located right here near Hermann Hill, your home base for adventure in Hermann, MO. Keep reading for all the insider tips and secrets on how to get the most out of your outdoor adventure at this unique local landmark. From where to start and how to get there, to where to eat and rent bikes, we’ve got you covered. Happy trails!

 

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What is the Katy Trail?

The Katy Trail is a 240-mile biking (or walking) trail, built over an abandoned railroad track. Known as the country’s longest rails-to-trails project, this historic local favorite features many miles of flat terrain, providing an enjoyable experience that’s more fun than strenuous! Whether you ride east or west, you’re guaranteed to see the natural beauty of the area and breathtaking views at every turn.

Fun Fact: Sections of the Katy Trail are part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the American Discovery Trail!

 

Katy Trail head

 

How Do I Get There?

Our complimentary Hermann Hill Shuttle will chauffeur you (and your bike) right where you want to be! Call the front desk around 10:00am and let us know your trailhead of choice. Portland, Bluffton, and McKittrick are our personal picks for where to start. You will find that these trails are in great shape and they’ll all take you across the new Missouri River Bridge. Or if you would rather, simply park your car at the south end of the Missouri River Bridge and let us shuttle you and your bikes over to the trail. A Hermann Hill employee will follow your car down to the parking lot and pick you up to take you to the trailhead. If you are using one of the bike rental companies in town, we will pick you up there and shuttle you to the Katy Trail too. Our guests who have utilized this handy perk love the ease and convenience, and we know you will too!

Expert Tip: Don’t forget to grab your picnic lunch from the fridge before heading out! Available with our Tour of Hermann Hill Package.

 

Couple at the Katy Trail State Park sign

 

What’s the Best Way to Enjoy the Katy Trail?

Other than taking advantage of our free shuttle service, planning a few ways to enjoy some munchies during your day on the trail is highly recommended too! After a leisurely ride, stop for lunch at The Corner Restaurant in Rhineland or savor a romantic picnic for two in the fresh air. You can also grab a snack at a store in town after your ride with a $10 voucher from us, available with multi-night Signature Experience Stays. If you want to enhance your experience even more, try our Tour of Hermann Hill Package, featuring two 60-minute Katy Biker Trails massages in our spa, two Hermann Hill infusion water bottles, picnic lunch with a bottle of wine, and more! It will really ramp up your ride!

Bonus Tip: Don’t forget your camera! You will find dozens of opportunities for stunning Instagram-worthy snapshots.

 

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Where Should I Stay?

We’re so glad you asked! There’s no better place to stay along the Katy Trail than at our upscale hotel right here in Hermann. You can stay near the trail and have a luxurious guest room to come home to after your adventure. Rest your tired muscles in cloud-like beds and enjoy the warm comforts of a large in-room soaking tub. Each morning, savor a hot breakfast made from the freshest ingredients. From check in to check out, you will want for nothing. Just relax and enjoy all that Hermann has to offer!

Bonus Tidbit: Discover how to “Stay Your Way” and customize your Hermann getaway, plus save on midweek rates, with our special program!

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