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Route Changed in Sedalia!!!

Just want to alert everyone to a recent route change in Sedalia. There are signs posted all over the trail about the change as well. Evidently the Sedalia/Pettis County Community Association has terminated their lease with Missouri Parks and have closed off a section of the trail through town. The trail has now been detoured over several miles on a hilly country road with traffic. We asked a Sedalia resident about it who said that the Association is hoping to entice new businesses to build in the area where the trail has been closed but that most residents know nothing will come of it. Sounds like some stupid politics to me. I'm very unhappy about this change and the shortsighted decision of the Community Association. Hopefully this can be resolved and a better route can be set up in the future.
posted Apr 30 2017 2:51PM - Blue Tapp, St. Charles, MO

fyi... I called the community group in Sedalia... they really are planning for the route change to be temporary while they improve trail access through that area... please be patient and dream of how cool the upgrades will be as they come hopefully sooner than later! Happy Trails! Don't let it stop you from hitting the Katy (and heading east to see us in Hartsburg!
posted May 2 2017 8:59PM - Sarah J Eber, Hartsburg

Sedalia is making America great again:


This is the other side of the railbanking law. They can take it back and use it for a railroad again.
posted May 3 2017 9:14AM - Trump, Washington D.C.

What road did they use, and how heavily traveled is it? I am going to be heading that way soon with my daughter. I dont want us to get run off the road by a driver that is tired of bikes on the road.
posted May 3 2017 9:52AM - Dave, OFallon

And here is a more recent article about Sedalia's efforts:
posted May 3 2017 11:05AM - Sarah, Hartsburg

Actually Sarah, that is an older article. The trail is now cutoff north of Boonville Avenue at Griessen Road. Like I said, trail advocates should be happy with what Sedalia is doing there as the railbanking law is working as it was intended.
posted May 3 2017 1:33PM - Trump, Washington D.C.

I would ignore the man posting from the swamp.
posted May 3 2017 2:35PM - cathy, Jefferson City

And it is confusing! Be sure to get a picture of the map posted on the trailhead board to go by! The roads are not super busy, but the markings fade away the further out you go. I got lost with my 6 year old, we had to turn around and get directions. Wasted a good 45 minutes on a 60 mile day.
posted Jun 14 2017 9:45AM - Barefoot4ever, Lake Ozark

Thanks Barefoot,

We will be riding Sedalia to Booneville on Saturday. Do you know if that map detail can be found online or just at the trailhead?
posted Jun 15 2017 7:10AM - Anonymous

Found the map:. https://mostateparks.com/advisory/64281/temporary-detour-sedalia-katy-trail-state-park

I wonder if taking Booneville St has less traffic?
posted Jun 15 2017 9:58AM - Anonymous

We rode the detour last Friday at 10 am. I'm not sure what all of the concern is about. The trail from the Depot was well marked. There were a few short hills but nothing unmanageable. Parts of the roads were narrow but there was little traffic. Plus the road was paved. A nice change from the gravel.
posted Jun 15 2017 2:51PM - Bill, Fort Worth TX

In my opinion, this is the easiest route:
* right on Griessen Rd
* left on Randall Rd (first intersection after leaving the trail)
* right on Boonville St
* left on Engineer
(try the new, authentic and yummy Mexican taqueria on Engineer, 1 block south of Boonville St, https://www.facebook.com/zalpa.stacruz/)
* right on 3rd St
* a few blocks and you're at the old MKT depot

You can follow 3rd St a few more blocks into downtown. Good restaurants there are Fitters 5th St Pub (has patio), Ivory Grille in the Hotel Bothwell (good breakfast every day, only open for lunch and dinner certain days, http://www.theivorygrille.com/breakfast/), and we have a new Craft Beer Cellar, https://www.facebook.com/cbcsedalia/.

Also, Pro-Velo, bike shop owned by Ebby Norman, is in downtown and he'll take good care of you. Closed Sunday & Monday.
posted Sep 23 2017 6:39PM - Beth, Sedalia

I should have stated the directions above are from the Griessen Rd (NE) trailhead, for riders coming in to Sedalia from the east.

Another new downtown restaurant has opened recently - Malone's Irish Pub, 404 S Ohio. Right across the street west from the courthouse square.
posted Oct 8 2017 10:17PM - Beth, Sedalia MO

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