A wonderful 5 day Missouri bike trails tour. Start near the middle of the trail and enjoy bluffs, winery towns, small villages, the old rail tunnel at Rocheport, wildlife and two Missouri capital cities. Park in St. Charles and take our shuttle on Day 1 or arrive in Rocheport and shuttle back to your car at end of the tour.
Day 3 can be shortened by 13 miles upon request.
4 days of cycling
1 travel day (shuttle day)
5 nights in Bed & Breakfast or small inn
Lodging near trail and evening restaurants
5 mornings with breakfast
Parking at St. Charles
Shuttle St. Charles to Rocheport
Bring your bike or rent
Daily luggage transfer to the next inn
Maps and daily route directions
Our one-of-a-kind quality swag bag
Any Private Expenses
10% discount for Returning Customers
What to Expect
The longest recreational rail to trail development.
Runs largely along the northern bank of the Missouri River, in the right-of-way of the former Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad.
5 Nights/4 Days Cycling – 139 miles
Best Start Dates: April 1-October 31
Best Start Days: SAT or SUN
Day 1Travel Day : Shuttle from St. Charles to Rocheport
Meet the shuttle van at St. Charles, MO near the eastern end of the Katy Trail (mile marker “MM” 39.5 – on day 5 this will be your tour end point – the trail from MM 0 to MM39.5 is not fully developed).
Overnight parking is available in St. Charles for our cyclists. Bike rental is available next to the trail. The St. Charles trailhead is a 20 minute drive or taxi ride from Lambert St. Louis International Airport and about 40 minutes west of downtown St. Louis. It is about 5 minute from the I-70 Bridge over the Missouri River at St. Charles.
The shuttle will provide door-to-door service for you and bikes directly to your Rocheport lodging (2 hours).
The only tunnel on the trail is just west of Rocheport trailhead and the town has a winery, antique shops and several restaurant choices.
Lodging: Comfortable B&B at Rocheport
Day 2Cycling Day: 37 miles-Rocheport to Jefferson City
Leaving Rocheport you cycle beneath towering limestone bluffs among the highest on the trail. The Missouri River can be seen frequently during the day. Your destination is N. Jefferson trailhead (MM 143.2) across the river from Jefferson City. Cross the Missouri on the new safe BIKE BRIDGE.
If you arrive in time we suggest you take a tour of our beautiful state Capitol. Of particular interest are the murals by Thomas Hart Benton in the House Lounge.
Lodging: Hotel in Jefferson City – B&B option with limited availability. Added cost:
2 rooms with private baths, add $55 per person. 2 rooms with shared bath, add $35 per person. Rooms with shared bath, one full bath, one half bath for the rooms.
Laundry service (washer and dryer in the half bath) is available.
Day 3Cycling Day: 46 (or 33) miles- Jefferson City to Hermann
Start your day by cycling back across the BIKE bridge to the N. Jefferson trailhead. Ride east to McKittrick (across the river from your evening lodging at Hermann). We can shorten today’s distance to 30 miles upon request.
At McKittrick (MM 100.8) cross the Missouri River Bridge with its protected bike path into Hermann for your evening lodging. This bridge is safe and bicycle friendly. The winery town of Herman has much to offer including antique shops and several wine tasting rooms and restaurants.
Lodging: B&B at Hermann Optional – B&B on the trail in Rhineland (no added cost) (shortens daily milage by 6 miles)
Day 4Cycling Day: 36 miles- Hermann to Augusta
Today’s destination is Augusta, (MM 66.3) another small winery village. Augusta is on the same side of the river as the Katy Trail so you can ride right up to your evening lodging. There are several winery tasting rooms and a choice of restaurants.
Lodging: B&B at Augusta
Day 5Cycling Day: 27 miles-Augusta to St. Charles
This is your final day of cycling on this bike tour. Leave the B&B in Augusta and ride east on the trail to St. Charles (MM 39.5) where you may have left your car or rented a bicycle. Your evening lodging will be a short ride from the trailhead on city streets. Restaurants and shops are plentiful in this downtown area particularly along Main Street a block from the Katy Trail. Visit Missouri’s first capitol, explore boutique shops or drop into the nearby riverboat casino.