Missouri State Park - Katy Trail State Park

St. Charles, Missouri - South Main Historic District

Thursday, July 1 through Monday, July 5, 2004

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See all of the pictures taken in and around the Katy Trail here!

The Katy Trail State Park runs through the South Main Historic District in St. Charles, Missouri. The Katy Trail is a converted rail line. It isn't paved but the road base is small crushed gravel that has been compacted. Riding our mountain bikes with their big wide tires was smooth and easy. Most other folks we saw riding bikes on the trail also had wide bike tires.

The South Main Historic District in St. Charles, Missouri is a wonderful place to explore. A number of the buildings date from the 1800's. There are a number of good restaurants to eat in and small shops to browse.

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Above left - Missouri State sign at the trail head. This trail access point is next to where Highway 370 crosses the Missouri River.

Above right - Looking down the Katy Trail toward St. Charles' South Historic District.

Below left - Looking North up the Katy Trail toward Highway 370 and the railroad bridge that crosses the Missouri River.

Below right - the Katy Trail parking lot. This parking lot is behind the Sundermeier RV Park in St. Charles.

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Above left - Looking North from under the railroad bridge that crosses the Missouri River along the Katy Trail. You can see that the crushed gravel roadway ends just underneath Missouri State Highway 370. The trail still continues but it is un mowed grass and would be rough and hard riding for most bicyclists.

Above right - There are a number of parks along The Katy Trail. These parks provide public access to the trail and restrooms. This park has a boat launch in addition to public restrooms.

Below left - This St. Charles city park is just behind the Sundermeier RV Park. It has playground and restroom facilities.

Below right - Looking north up the Missouri River from the boat launch at Blanchette Landing.

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Above left - The view South from Blanchette Landing.

Above right - This peaceful sitting area on the banks of the Missouri River can be found next to the Blanchette Landing boat launch.

Below left - the view across the Missouri River from Blanchette Landing.

Below right - The Katy Trail took us through the industrial backyards from a bygone era.

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Above left - The South Main Historic District is just up the hill from St. Charles' Frontier Park. The Katy Trail runs through Frontier Park.

Above right - This is the 200th anniversary year of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The historical marker in Frontier Park along The Katy Trail marks the route.

Below left - A large outdoor display in Frontier Park provides information about St. Charles and The Katy Trail.

Below right - Frontier Park has a wonderful outdoor stage. Over the fourth of July weekend, there was lots of live music for park patrons. The park is also used for great fireworks displays that we were able to see from our campsite at the Sundermeier RV Park.

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The South Main Historical District in old St. Charles

The South Main Historic District in St. Charles, Missouri is a wonderful place to explore. A number of the buildings date from the 1800's. There are a number of good restaurants to eat in and small shops to browse.

Left - We add lunch on Friday at Lewis and Clarks.

Below left - Looking South from 3rd and Main.

Below right - Looking North from 3rd and Main.

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