Katy Trail State Park is built on the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas(MKT) Railroad
(better know as Katy).
When the railroad decided to cease operation on its route from Machens in St. Charles County to Sedalia in Pettis County in 1986, it presented the chance to create an extraordinary recreation opportunity-a long-distance hiking and bicycling trail that would run almost 200 miles across the state.
In 1991, the Union Pacific Railroad donated to the state an additional 33 miles of rail corridor from Sedalia to Clinton. Today, Katy Trail State Park is the largest rails-to-trails project in the nation stretching 225 miles from Clinton to St. Charles and is operated by the Department of Natural Resources.
Depending on your preferance, Katy Trail State Park begins or ends in Clinton at the southernmost trail head at Wagoner Park. Much of the route from Clinton to Sedalia traverses lands once dominated by prairie. Wide sweeping views can still be experienced. Efforts are underway to restore much of this corridor to tall grass and wildflowers through the use of controlled burns. You will see compass plant, big blustem and blazing star along the remnant prairies of the Osage Plains. Bird enthusiats are likely to hear bob-white, killdeer, mourning doves and meadowlarks. In the early spring, one might even hear the booming of prairie chickens.