News Release 269

Katy Trail State Park named best in Midwest

Volume 39-269 (For Immediate Release)
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JEFFERSON CITY, MO., AUG. 2, 2011 -- When people talk about the best of anything, Katy Trail State Park is often on the list. The latest recognition for Katy Trail is from the readers of the AAA Midwest Travelers magazine.

This spring, the publication invited readers to vote for their favorite cities, attractions and getaways. When it came to the best bicycle trail in the Midwest, the favorite was Katy Trail.

According to the magazine, "If there were report cards for bicycle trails, the Katy Trail State Park would certainly be earning straight As. In nearly every trail characteristic - including length, scenery, access and history - the park impresses its users, which number approximately 300,000."

"I'm honored but not surprised that readers have voted Katy Trail as the best in the Midwest," said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. "At 240 miles, the trail provides a scenic avenue through the heart of Missouri. The trail has been one of the most popular parks in the Missouri state park system since it was developed more than 20 years ago," Bryan said.

Katy Trail is a hiking and bicycling trail that runs from Clinton to Machens. Much of its route follows the Missouri River with spectacular views of the river and landscapes varying from bluffs and thick forests to prairies and open fields. It travels through small communities with many attractions and services for trail users.

Katy Trail is the longest developed rail-trail project in the nation and was one of the first inductees into the national Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.

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