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Published on: May. 22, 2012

Fisherman at Moniteau Creek

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Katy Trail Biker Camps

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Killdeer at Bryson's Hope CA

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Weldon Spring CA

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and bottomland fields. The trailhead to this bluff-top hike is just a short ride down Bluffton Road.

Between Portand and Steedman, the Katy Trail crosses the Reform Conservation Area. The majority of the area provides recreational opportunities, including hiking, nature study, hunting and fishing. The area is also known as a good place to collect blackberries in the summer months.

North Jefferson to Boonville

 The trail from North Jefferson to Boonville continues to follow the Missouri River as it winds through thick forests and bottomland and beside towering bluffs ranging from limestone to sandstone.

West of Hartsburg, the Katy Trail runs alongside the 657-acre Hart Creek Conservation Area with its camping area and fishable pond. Just south of the trail, along the Missouri River, is Hartsburg Access, which has a boat ramp and parking area.

East of McBaine is the 4,431-acre Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area. Columbia’s treated municipal wastewater supplements the needs of the 1,200-acre wetlands. There are 17 wetland pools, forest and woodland, grassland, fishing and hiking areas. A steep trail, accessible from the Katy Trail, leads to an observation deck at the top of the bluffs. Hiking, camping, fishing, hunting (especially for waterfowl, blinds are available), and eagle viewing are popular activities at this area.

Just south of Rocheport is the Manitou Bluffs region, perhaps the most photographed stretch of bluffs along the trail. The bluffs formed as the weight of a massive ancient ocean compressed the skeletal remains of sea creatures. Several miles south of Rocheport you can still see faint pictographs painted high on the bluffs by early Native Americans.

Right before biking through the 1893 train tunnel in Rocheport, the 1,016-acre Diana Bend Conservation Area begins. There is primitive camping, fishable ponds and hunting. Missouri River frontage is within hiking distance. The Missouri River and Moniteau Creek provide good fishing, but visitors need a boat to access them. A 3-acre scour hole on the west portion of the area provides walk-in fishing. A disabled-accessible wildlife viewing blind exists at the base of the bluffs just west of Rocheport. A viewing platform also offers a commanding view of the floodplain from atop the bluffs.

As the Katy Trail crosses Highway 40, west of Rocheport, the trail runs through the Davisdale Conservation Area. This 2,701- acre area features more than 800 acres of riverhills woodland, which includes pecan and walnut, large tracts of warm- and cool-season grasses

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