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Columbia, MO on the Katy Trail

Population 113,225

Columbia is not directly on the Katy Trail, but it is easy to reach from the trail and offers a wide range of lodging, eating, and entertainment options.  Central Missouri's largest city, Columbia is home to the University of Missouri's main campus (Mizzou), as well as numerous museums and cultural attractions. 

Columbia Visitors Bureau
800-652-0987 / 573-875-1231

Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Columbia Central Business District
Bonne Femme River Bridge
Bonne Femme River Bridge Photo: Irene Weinmann
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Getting There

By trail: The MKT Nature and Fitness Trail connects the Katy Trail to the heart of Columbia.  This scenic 9 mile trail takes riders through wetlands and wooded areas.  The MKT Trail links to the Katy Trail at mile 169.9, just west of McBaine.  ( trail map)

By car: Columbia is on highway 70, between mile markers 123 and 130. The quickest way to get to the Katy Trail from Columbia is Rocheport, which is about 10 miles west of Columbia on highway 70.

Here's a regional map showing the Katy Trail, MKT Fitness Trail, and surrounding towns.

Here's a link to Columbia Missouri on MapQuest

Columbia restaurant listing

Columbia MO Lodging

Follow this link for Columbia MO Hotels and Motels.  Columbia B&Bs are listed below.
University Avenue Bed and Breakfast
1315 University Avenue
No Pets.
Smoking: Outside only.
Children: We behaved kids are welcome, but may not be able to accommodate families with kids. Please call us in advance if you are going to be coming with kids.
Free Wi-Fi
Private off street parking for autos.

KATY Trail bicycle riders who need to cancel due to inclement weather (heavy rain/thunderstorms, snow, tornado, etc.) in the Columbia area or along the KATY Trail are exempt from a late cancellation fee. IMPORTANT! RIDERS MUST TELL US THEY ARE BIKING THE KATY TRAIL AT THE TIME RESERVATION IS MADE.

Columbia MO Bike Shops

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