News Release 333

Katy Trail State Park extends equestrian section with event Oct. 8

Volume 39-333 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., SEPT. 30, 2011 – Horseback riders can enjoy even more of Katy Trail State Park, thanks to a partnership with Missouri State Parks, the Henry County Agricultural and Mechanical Society and the city of Clinton. An event to celebrate the extension of the equestrian section of the trail into Clinton will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Clinton trailhead of Katy Trail.

In the past, equestrian users were able to ride on the Katy Trail from the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia to the Calhoun trailhead, located approximately 25 miles to the west in Henry County. With the partnership, equestrian users are able to ride nearly 35 miles from the fairgrounds all the way to the trail’s end at Clinton.

The Henry County Agricultural and Mechanical Society has agreed to offer horse trailer parking and camping at the Henry County Fairgrounds while the city of Clinton has provided a crosswalk from the fairgrounds across Price Lane to a short trail spur in Wagoner Park. The spur links to the Katy Trail at the Clinton trailhead.

"Our goal is to provide a quality recreational experience for all our users. We are pleased that we can offer additional miles for horseback riding and we appreciate the partnership that has made this possible," said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

On Oct. 8, horseback riders are encouraged to bring their horses for an informal trail ride after the 10 a.m. event. The Clinton trailhead is located off of Hwy. 52 on the northeast side of the Clinton in Henry County.

Katy Trail State Park is a 240-mile rail-trail conversion built on the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. The trail stretches across the state from St. Charles in the east to Clinton in the west and is open to hikers and bicyclists for the entire length.

For more information about the event, contact the Katy Trail State Park office at 573-449-7402 or call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit