News Release 233

Missouri State Parks hosts Katy Trail State Park Fall Tram Tours Oct. 16

Volume 39-233 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Take advantage of the opportunity to experience the fall colors of the Missouri River bluffs in comfort on the third annual Fall Tram Tours Tuesday, Oct. 16 on Katy Trail State Park. The two-hour round-trip tours will take visitors between Rocheport and McBaine in the comfort of a tram coach.

The nine-mile section of Katy Trail between Rocheport and McBaine is known for its striking views of the Missouri River and adjacent river bluffs. As riders enjoy the scenery from the open tram cars, interpretive guides will explain the natural landscapes and historic locations along the trail. The tours are free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children aged 12 and under. Tours will be offered at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and will begin at the trailhead in Rocheport. The event, which is scheduled in conjunction with Missouri Day, is co-sponsored by Missouri State Parks and Boone Electric Cooperative.

"The tram tours are a unique and fun way to experience the Katy Trail, particularly for those who may not otherwise be able to hike or bike the trail. They allow us to really highlight some of the natural features along the trail and point out sites of historical significance," said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Each tour time has four trams with each tram providing seating for 16 people. These seats can be reserved in advance by calling the Katy Trail State Park office at 573-449-7422 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Deadline for reservations is Friday, Oct. 12. A limited number of standing room only spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis so advanced registration is recommended.

On March 22, 1915, the 48th General Assembly set aside the third Wednesday in October each year as "Missouri Day." Missouri Day is a time for schools to honor the state and for the people of the state to celebrate the achievements of all Missourians. This year, Missouri Day falls on Oct. 17.

For more information about the Fall Tram Tours, contact Katy Trail State Park at 573-449-7422. For information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.